Darren & Preston’s Castro Home With a View — House Tour

Updated daily with fresh tours full of photos for you to pin enjoy! • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE: Check out past house tours here. Photographs of friends and pieces of art they love hang above their living room sofa in a gallery wall. And try to personalize your space. • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? It’s nice to come home to a place that reflects both you and your chosen location. Biggest Challenge: The captain’s bed. Best Advice: Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles. What Friends Say: Our visitors really appreciate the location and amazing city views. They’re thriving! Favorite Element: The views! They like how we’ve personalized our place so it feels unique to us, yet also has a colorful, warm vibe of its own. (Image credits: Esteban Cortez) Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form. Biggest Indulgence: Our collection of Heath dinnerware and vases…a classic California ceramics company based in Sausalito. But, it can be cozy. Neither of us have fine-tuned green thumbs, so it’s been a challenge to find the right plants for the right light and location. It’s one of our favorite pieces.”

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My Style: California Eclectic

Inspiration: A blend of our Los Angeles roots and our new life in San Francisco. Darren’s obsession with their bud vases alone could put us in the poorhouse. If they work together, they work, and the combo often makes a room less static. So there’s hope for us. The handmade coffee table is pretty awesome too. We can see all the way from Sutro Tower to the Bay Bridge and Oakland. Open Slideshow

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Their self-defined “California Eclectic” style is revealed throughout their 700 square foot apartment: mid-century style furniture, vintage Hollywood film posters, and art and objects that remind them of their old and new homes. BEDROOM
Mirror: Estate sale
LA by Night lithograph: Shag
Rug: Target
Quilt: Barbara Barry
Teal blanket: The Company Store
Shams: Target
Hive pillow: Home Goods
Moon drawing: Custom from Dean Heezen
Desk top: Ikea
Hairpin legs: esty.com
Table lamp and red star lamp: Ikea
Red desk: vintage
Drafting chair: Overstock.com
Rug: Ikea
Wood laptop cover: etsy.com
Terrarium: Oddyssea in Half Moon Bay
Red frame: Jonathan Adler
Don Quixote and apple: Lladro gift
Radio: ModelOne
Horse sculpture: Z Gallerie
Linen box: Target
Throw blanket: Isaac Mizrahi
Lipstick print: vintage by René Gruau
Bridge wall sculpture: Treasure Island Flea Market


Adirondack chairs: gift
Table: Target
Benches: Ikea
Turquoise pot: handmade by Chris Burgoyne
Bullet planter: Hip Haven
Rug: Small garden store in Sharon Springs, NY
Lantern: Cliff’s Variety Store, SF

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Resources of Note:

Apartment came with the neutral light beige color and all those lovely restored antique fixtures
Sofa: HD Buttercup
Blue chair, ottoman and gold pillow: West Elm
Rug and Cable Car art: Overstock.com
Coffee Table: Custom by Jeff Berting
Bud vases: Heath Ceramics
Brass Figures, male portrait, teal pillows and camping stool: etsy.com
Sun lamp, tray, round pillow, monogramed pillows and menagerie: Jonathan Adler
Honeycomb lamp: Target
Striped cuckoo clock: SF Museum of Modern Art
Dog plate: The Gold Bug, Pasadena
Acrobat painting: Vintage store in LA
Parrot drawing: Pombo Art
Pink elephant lithograph: Shag
California bear print: 3 Fish Studio
German Seven Year Itch film poster: vintage online
Czech Purple Noon poster: Chisholm Larsson, NY
Orange chairs: yard sale and painted
Bookshelf: vintage lined with Paper Source single sheet paper
Table: Craigslist
Chairs: Overstock.com
Loveseat: found on 19th
Plates/mugs: Heath Ceramics
Street in SF
Napkins: Target
Olivewood flatware: Sur La Table
Golden Gate Park posters: from old calendar and framed
Rug: Ikea
Playing card prints: Jaqk Cellars
Turquoise pot: Home Depot
Wall planter: Woolly Pocket
Bar cart and bridge pillow: gift! • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? “We really dig California-made or inspired items and try to purchase from local artisans whenever we can,” they said. Name: Darren Elms and Preston AmesLocation: Castro; San Francisco, CASize: 700 square feetYears lived in: 1.5 years; Rented

Los Angeles natives Darren and Preston consider themselves fortunate to have found a beautiful apartment with breathtaking views in the Bay Area’s competitive rental market. Darren’s love for Heath Ceramics allows him to scatter bud vases from his collection throughout their apartment, adding more color to the already vibrant space. Biggest Embarrassment: Our trial and error with plants.

Updated: 11.11.2014 — 11:10