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Sarah and Darren recently moved into a new apartment in San Francisco and worked within the strict “no painting!” and “no nails!” parameters to furnish their living room with a beach/city theme that relies on furniture and textiles to energize the space with color, pattern and texture.

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I’ve never fell in love with a curtain the way I did with the Painted Ikat print. It has this amazing painterly quality to it, and it feels so organic and calming. These panels inspired our entire living room color palette. It was pattern love at first sight.


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The couch we inherited from Darren’s previous roommates. It came as a sectional, but we unhooked it to create a walkway to the table and chair by the bay window. It made the living room feel way larger by doing this, and it created three separate sitting areas. I’ve never had a rich, navy blue couch before — and I’m obsessed!


We oftentimes eat dinner and drink wine in the little bay window dining nook, and we joke that it’s our own little café patio.

Thanks Sarah + Darren!


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Images: Sarah Latta


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September 19, 2013

Beautiful Sarah, I am a big fan of West Elm luv,luv,luv their style and class:-)


September 19, 2013

Nice, however curtains would look even better if they touched the floor….


September 19, 2013

I really love what you did! Feels fresh, relaxed and cozy with a very sweet bay window. Cutest café patio ever! Lovely!


September 19, 2013

I LOVE it! the color palette is absolutely beautiful! I need to have everything in this room asap :).


September 19, 2013

Love this!!!


September 19, 2013

Where did you get the pedestal table? SO cute.


September 19, 2013

Love those curtains! You guys did a great job!


September 19, 2013

But the obviously DID paint the wall. It’s a totally dif color.


September 19, 2013

Beautiful colors, what is the name of that plant?


September 19, 2013

How was the artwork hung without using nails?


September 19, 2013

those curtains are not the right length! its making my OCD hurt. lol.

Sami Nugent

September 19, 2013

I really love what Sarah and Darren did to this room! There is so much detail yet it seems so simple! It’s the perfect combination of patterns and color. The colors used are so cool and calming and make the room seem like a beautiful relaxing oasis. Awesome job!!


September 20, 2013

I love how the curtain design and color blends with the couch. Great job!


September 20, 2013

Wonderful color & texture combinations and the curtains add a nice dimension to the room. Their furniture placement has given the room an appearance of being larger than it is. What a great room to come home to after a long day of work.


September 20, 2013

You should have checked to see if the curtains came in 95″ length. You can raise the rod higher if need be. Otherwise, great job!


September 20, 2013

I love the drapes! Wish I have thought of that. The transformation made the space extra cozy. 🙂


September 24, 2013

love it! such a change!!


October 11, 2013

What kind of tree is that? And, where did you find it?


October 11, 2013

That plant is called Ficus Lyrata. The one on the pictures is about 6 -7 years old.
Good job !

Ralph Carr

October 11, 2013

JOEAARON, good question. It is a Ficus Lyrata. It is one of my favorite trees. It grows under the canopy of large forest or rain forest. Not expensive, but impressive in decor settings.


November 17, 2013

If the curtains went down to the floor it would drag the room down. Make it look a bit heavy!!! Old fashion so to speak!


December 30, 2013

Looks great! However, the length of the curtains looks odd. They would look better if they were just skimming the floor.

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