Step Inside A Designer's Eclectic Apartment in San Francisco

Lynn K. Leonidas Transforms a Rental Apartment Into a Warm Home Filled with Collected Books & Vinyl

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10/19/2017

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.

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 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.

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“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.”

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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.”

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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.

A Bohemian Apartment in San Francisco Dances to its Own Beat | Interior Design by Lynn K. Leonidas of Lynn Leonidas Design and Decoration | Photography by Lauren Edith Andersen | Modern Sanctuary | Living Room Inspiration | Contemporary Living Room | Bohemian Living Room | Eclectic Living Room | Art Inspiration | Modern Art
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“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.”

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“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.”

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The dining room is clad in a gorgeous rich brown grasscloth wallpaper. And what dining room is complete without a vintage turnstile? 

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The bedroom is the smallest room in the apartment and Lynn loves the feeling of being cocooned in this serene space.

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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

Meet the designer Lynn K. Leonidas of Lynn K. Leonidas Design and Decoration
Bio:

Principal interior designer Lynn K. Leonidas is known for bringing her California sensibility to collected and casual interiors. She is inspired by a home’s architecture, using it to jump-start a modern design that carefully links its history to its present beginnings. Her favorite part of the business is researching classical detailing and furnishings with the hopes of fostering her clients’ excitement for timeless design.

With a background in Bay Area luxury interiors and design project management, Lynn understands and respects the working relationships formed with the team of specialists bringing your project to life. Her work in the field of interior design for the past 10 years has led to the development of her unique style and a fulfilling network with the industry’s best craftspeople. She attributes her start in design to her upbringing with a contractor father who instilled her with a comprehension for building techniques and materials. She holds degrees in Interior Architecture & Design as well as English Language & Literature.

Her rooms have appeared in Sunset, Domino, Lonny, Rue, and Refinery29, and she has become a requested industry expert for speaking engagements and brand ambassadorship. Her client list includes legal, medical, & creative professionals and property developers. The studio is currently working on renovations and furnishings for homes and businesses in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Los Angeles.

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