When creating a home for her and her husband, designer Lynn K. Leonidas transformed a nondescript flat in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco into a bohemian delight full of charisma. Because this is a rental property, character had to be created without making any structural changes. Lynn focused on custom window treatments, English antiques and unique touches to bring the space to life. Topped off with cherished collections – the end result is a home that is beautiful, comfortable and functional.
Lynn’s husband buys, sells and collects vinyl albums, so one must-have was plenty of shelving for storing and displaying an amazing record collection. Lynn has plenty of collections of her own from books, to hats to art; her personality shines through the design.
Lynn believes in collecting lots of art and supporting local craftsmen. “They always surprise with their knowledge and are the gateway to authentic regional design”, says Lynn.
“Every time I went anywhere I forgot a hat, so I had to buy a new one. Now I have quite a collection and decided to display them. That wicker animal face is a French antique I picked up.”
Desk lamp: Ikea Antifoni lamp | Side chair: vintage from Nickey Kehoe
Lynn designed this apartment during the time she was starting her business so the living room is zoned for work and relaxation.
“I can’t remember a time I have been without the secretary desk. It is part of an antique set I grew up around and my parents gave to me. I found the desk with similar ‘barley twist’ legs on Craigslist.”
The accent wall of blue framed prints are from a vintage book of illustrations of space by a planetarium illustrator from the 1970s. It makes a beautiful statement in the main living area.
“I really believe in the finishing touches. Without them a design looks incomplete. But before they are added, a room must have the right scale of furnishings and balance of materials. Be sure to budget for the finishing touches – accessories, linens and artwork.”
“I have always been obsessed with the romantic and bookish notion of the ‘dining room library’ – a dining room that is lined with full, sagging bookshelves and is used as a study when not serving its primary function of dining. In this instance, that has translated into our record library.”
The dining room is clad in a gorgeous rich brown grasscloth wallpaper. And what dining room is complete without a vintage turnstile?
The bedroom is the smallest room in the apartment and Lynn loves the feeling of being cocooned in this serene space.
I love authentic design that is sympathetic to the architecture. I believe in the classics and timelessness. I believe life is dirty and in not giving up its pleasures to keep it clean. Lynn K. Leonidas