I have been very lucky to have met some great new friends through this blog, and along with the great feeling of creativity, it's probably the best thing I've gained from it. Recently I met San Francisco-based illustrator Leigh Wells through sfgirlbybay. I had linked to her website and she noticed the hits on hers and contacted me with thanks. Turns out we're neighbors and live a block away! Long story short, she invited me to her home last week for STITCH, a monthly 'stitch 'n bitch' group she's hosted for the last four years.
The minute I entered her beautiful home, I was itching to blog about it. It is that pretty. San Francisco is filled with tall, graceful, old apartment buildings (like the ones you see in her amazing view below) and they are often converted to condos. Leigh and husband Blair were lucky enough to find this one and they've demo'd it and turned into something really special.
They took a tired, out of date kitchen and turned into this sleek, modern, gourmet kitchen with a ton of great counter space, back splash and open shelving. It is a perfect cook's kitchen.
They tore down old arches that weren't inviting and created new, open spaces that are super clean and welcome you to simple, uncluttered rooms. They have great taste and they've designed their home with an elegant restraint. Everything in their home, including some fantastic artwork and sculpture, seems to have special meaning and hold a special place. Even the dining room ceiling is a hand painted design of Leigh's and she recovered the dining rooms chairs herself. For someone who lives in such chic, fashionable home, this girl is absurdly crafty! She even knits her own cotton washcloths.
Thanks so much, Leigh, for allowing me to share your art-filled and stunning home. And thanks again for STITCH, I had a blast.
*And...in a strange twist of fate, both Poppy Talk and Design*Sponge blogged about Leigh's illustrations the day after we met, so be sure and check 'em out. And for a larger view of the photos above, click on the image.