Making it Yours (MiY)

Making it Yours 9A: Newlyweds in San Francisco

Making it Yours 9A: Sierra Four-Drawer Chest #makingitlovely

Here we are: the first look in the ninth edition of Making it Yours. We’re going to follow Adam and Sadie Green (our fictional heroes), newlyweds in their late twenties, who have just moved to San Francisco!

Adam is a game designer and a big fan of graphic novels, and Sadie is an elementary school teacher with a love of mid-century modern style. Adam had a job offer with a start-up tech company, so the two packed up and moved cross-country from Ohio to California this summer. Sadie will start at a new school soon, and the couple is excited about decorating their new one-bedroom apartment.

The new place is cute, but it’s small. They brought most of their old furniture with them, but the low and long vintage dresser they had in Ohio didn’t fit, so they needed something new. Sadie had seen the Sierra four-drawer chest recently, and even though it didn’t really fit the style of the rest of her furniture, she loved it and decided to give it a try in the space. Happily, it was just the contrast the room needed.

So young, so fun! Perfect for our couple. Next up, we’ll see the Greens’ bedroom a few years later.

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  • PatriciaF | unfounddoor
    August 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I love the stories you tell with these, Nicole – I always kind of look forward to hearing where you’ll take them next.
    (not least as my fiancé and I are late 20s, marrying next month, living in a small flat with a mish-mash of our older furnishings. Plus the kiddo though, so we’ve already started repurposing items for his room:)
    I really like the buckle mirror and needlepoint pillow

  • Kathryn
    August 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    What, no Dorothy Parker quotes? Oh, right, newlyweds;) love the dresser and I just ordered that print for my office.

  • Alison @ The Peacock Diaries
    August 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    <3 <3 <3 that pillow! When I saw it I immediately assumed it was a Jonathan Adler $100+ deal. But $29 plus free shipping is a GREAT find. Thanks!

    PS — might just be my computer, but it looks to me like the right side column of numbers is cut off…can't see most of the "1"s.

  • Sarah K
    August 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Love it! I always look forward to these. This is such a fun 20-something apartment. Perfect for S.F. Can’t wait to see where we go next.

  • lea
    August 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

    hahaha. Sounds familiar. Husband and I are late-twenties, just moved to a one bedroom apt in SF for a job in a tech start-up (husband).

    I’d love a knock-off of those drawers. Still need to buy some…

  • Jeanette @ This Dusty House
    August 3, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Heheh. This is cute. And almost us, two years ago, except that we were early 20s instead of late 20s and moving to Toronto, not SF. And we most definitely didn’t have nearly as much style!

  • Tatyana
    August 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

    The Duken bed is awesome! I love that the headboard cover can be removed/replaced. It looks like one could easily make additional covers in other fabrics. And for $200, not bad at all.

  • Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    August 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    The Greens sound lovely :) I like the mirror you chose and that print is great!

  • Trisha
    August 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I have completely different aesthetic tastes than you in both home and fashion, but I LOVE following your blog nonetheless! You present your ideas with humor and creativity, so I keep coming back for more. And I think the monthly/yearly photos you did with Eleanor (and August) is sheer genius and pass your site along to every expectant mother I know :)

  • Miss B.
    August 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I can’t wait to follow the Greens!

  • Laura @ Lolalina
    August 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Oh yay! I always love Making It Yours, so cheers to the beginning of a new edition – and with a super cute dresser! :) xo

  • Laura @ Lolalina
    August 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Oh wait – can I make a prediction?? I see the dresser being used in the living room with a chic bar tray on top in a future incarnation… ;)

  • Elizabeth
    August 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Adorable post first off. I just so wish this could happen for Adam and Sadie. The more plausible scenario is that given their jobs and income, they will most likely not be in a one bedroom apartment, but rather a studio for 1,600 a month.

    My daughter and her boyfriend have been looking for an apartment all summer in SF and have not found one. Their max price is 1,700. We live out in the East bay so we know the market.

    I went with them last week to look at a microscopic studio, and I could not believe that there was a huge crowd coming to see it. Your post reminds me of one couple I saw that turned in their application. They were in their late twenties, and looked like the couple you describe. Then there was a young couple with a baby on the way. I couldn’t even imagine them trying to fit their life in that place with a baby!!!

    Anyway, perhaps this scenario with Adam and Sadie, would be more of a design challenge if they had to move from a one bedroom in Ohio to a studio in San Francisco. :)

    • Making it Lovely
      August 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Ah, but there is a bit of fantasy involved in these! ;) I had a dream last night that I was in SF, and I stumbled upon the most perfect little house for my family. It was up for auction and though it was a stretch, I bid on it and won, for a price I could afford! Then I woke up.

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  • Ashley
    August 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    This is awesome, Nicole! Great job!

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