Have you ever imagined living in the comfort of your home and then moving to an apartment? That’s not always an easy task, but add an exciting city like San Francisco and you might change your mind and starting packing for a new adventure! This is exactly what my friend, the interior designer and blogger, Mary Ann Pickett, from Classic Casual Home blog, did when her husband had his job transferred to this beautiful city.
Mary Ann found a charming but slightly outdated 1920s high-rise, and since this was going to be a rental, Mary Ann had to get really creative to make this apartment feel like her own. The first thing was getting permission to paint the walls, from dated peachy walls to classic off-white that serve as a canvas for her to display her beautiful furniture and decor pieces, while framing the gorgeous views of the bay.
Even the kitchen in this apartment was transformed and updated with gray paint (Mary Ann used the very popular “Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172) on cabinets and added some decorative pieces that are easy to reduplicate at home.
If you’re also moving to an apartment and need to find easy decor ideas for your rental, I can’t imagine another place more inspiring than Mary Ann’s. Take a look at these “Before and After” pictures to see how talented this incredible interior designer is!
Easy Decor Ideas for Apartment Rental
It’s easy to fall in love with an apartment with a view like that! I am happy for you, Mary Ann!
The apartment had great bones with beautiful architectural details but it needed a color palette that could complement them. Mary Ann knew exactly what to do…
The interior designer painted all the walls in “Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17” to brighten up the apartment. The foyer now feels classy and elegant.
Rug is from “Restoration Hardware”.
Living Room “Before”
The living room is another space that needed good imagination and some fresh paint. Notice the stunning hardwood floors and the gorgeous marble fireplace.
Living Room “After”
I love how Mary Ann decorated the built-in. It’s full of personality and charm!
The mantel decor is beautiful and you could never get tired of it. I am loving the topiaries.
Mirror is from Anthropologie.
Beautiful hues against the white walls and mantel.
“Benjamin Moore White Dove Oc-17”
Living Room Decor
This living room feels warm and classic. Feminine decor is mixed with masculine pieces, such as the leather club chairs.
The sofa is a custom piece.
Rug is from “Restoration Hardware”.
You can find some unexpected soothing colors through decor and natural flowers.
The 1980’s kitchen cabinets were pickled pink. Attractive? Nah… But there’s a hope for everything when Mary Ann enter the room! Yes, I can picture her with a super-hero cape too! 😉
Ta-Dah! Take another look at the “Before” picture! Isn’t it amazing what some paint can do to outdated kitchen cabinets? This kitchen feels fresh, neutral and more modern!
This is the view Mary Ann has from her freshly painted kitchen!
The countertop are in good shape and they’re neutral, so Mary Ann is keeping them and adding her personal touch with decor and yummy food, of course!
Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors
“Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172”
These coastal inspired oil paintings were bargains that Mary Ann bought in a flea market in Long Beach, California.
Mary Ann loves her Nespresso machine and now I know what I am asking for Christmas!
This is a little unfair to share, Mary Ann! 🙂
I am loving the master bedroom! It’s relaxing and cozy.
The jute rug is from “Pottery Barn”. Mary Ann says that her dog loves chewing on it! 🙂
Guest Bedroom “Before”
I would be a little lost with what to do with this built-in, but Mary Ann was very creative and made it look incredible!
Guest Bedroom “After”
The built-in now looks stylish and practical and it’s perfect for Mary Ann’s son.
Blue & White
Classic blue and white bedding and bed adds a coastal-chic look to the bedroom.
Rope Pendants are the “Palecek Green Oaks Pendant” designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks.
Gorgeous blue & white bedding and artwork.
The shelves have some beautiful canvas baskets to help with storage.
Hooks were added to hand ties, hats, etc. I love how they look.
Hooks are the “Threshold™ 27″ Tri-Hook Rail – Cocoa/Soft Iron” from “Target”.
Canvas & Leather baskets are from Pottery Barn.
What a gorgeous look!
The rope door stop is form Target, but they seem to be discontinued. This rope nautical door stop is similar.
Notice that Mary Ann turned the books around. This makes the space feel even more neutral.
Dressing a Dresser
This Ikea dresser looks super chic with the turquoise knobs.
Knobs are the “Blue Green Crackled Glass Knobs” from Anthropologie.
Lamp Shade is the “Burlap Upholstered Lamp Shade” in dark blue, from Pottery Barn.
Tray is from Target.
White linen pillows shams are from “Pottery Barn”.
This bed was originally from WS Home, but this one is similar Upholstered Bed.
Doesn’t this bedroom have an amazing view?
Mary Ann made the best of her small home office! I love the decor. She says she can hear the “ding ding ding” from cable car passing by all the time. Some things you only find in San Francisco!
It’s easy to see why Mary Ann fell in love with this apartment!
Although Mary Ann and her family are currently living in San Francisco, she still have her beautiful home in Newport Beach, California. Click here to see her gorgeous home featured at “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine.
I hope you had a great time here. I love preparing posts, but it gets even more fun when I share a friend’s home. It’s definitely extra special! 🙂
Sources: Classic Casual Home.
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I love all the pictures! The before and after is just great — now it feels so like a home. I hope she stays for a long time.
This is such a great post, Luciane…pulling photos from all over the place!! A lot of work! I will make sure to link back to this on my next post. You are the best!
Unbelievably beautiful! Her apartment is so pulled together looking without being over styled. I love the little office — great use of that tiny space.
Mary Ann has the best style! Her apartment is amazing…
How fun to see Mary Ann’s house all in one place! Great job Luciane 🙂 She has so much talent for styling – I can see many of these photos in a coffee table book, can’t you?
Thanks for sharing!
Hope you are doing well my friend … it has been to long. We need to catch up. Send me a nice long email telling me how you are doing 🙂 🙂 xxoo
What a talented lady! franki