My apartment building turned 100 this year. I love daydreaming about the people who lived in it when it was new – what they were wearing, what they were thinking, how their daily routines went. It feels like an honor to live where I do, and to protect the apartment for the people that will live in it after me. When Audrey’s grandparents passed their home onto Audrey and Karl, the space entered a new era.
, artist and stay-at-home mother, and Karl Aguilar met while working at a small independent hardware store, called Papenhausen Hardware, in their neighborhood. When Audrey suffered a significant back injury, they started thinking more seriously about starting a family and having her stay home. Starting a family with San Francisco’s housing market seemed undoable until Audrey inherited her grandparents’ 1920s Marina-style home in their favorite neighborhood, The Parkside District. When they got everything cleared out from the house, it became more apparent that there was work to be done. The stove and refrigerator did not work, the plumbing and electrical were out of date, and dry rot had taken over the windows. Karl took two months off work to tackle the projects as much as possible.
Audrey and Karl had a blank slate after renovating rooms throughout the house, and they have decorated it simply and stunningly. “The biggest challenge was filling a whole home when we came from a one-bedroom apartment with practically no furniture. We never have had a lot of stuff. All of a sudden, the house felt very big and very empty,” Audrey says. “We slowly accumulated furniture with a lot of thought as to how it would work with our aesthetic. We try to fill our home with both beautiful and functional items, opting for handmade or secondhand whenever possible. Now that we have a child, we also want it to be child-friendly while keeping with our design philosophy.” The home’s legacy now includes Audrey and Karl’s work to beautifully update and restore it with care. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of [my] grandparents and hope to pay it forward to our own son.” –Lauren