House Tour: Allie's Colorful and Bright Studio

House Tour: Allie's Colorful and Bright Studio

Jul 8, 2008
Name: Allie Bruch

Location: San Francisco
Size: 475 sq. ft.
Years lived in: Rented for four years (and some months)

As soon as we walked into Allie's studio we were smitten. So much beautiful color! When she walked us through her space we fell even more in love. Every piece of furniture or decoration has a story, and even though her look is very eclectic, everything works in perfect harmony. The architecture and design elements of the space is already something to be seen. Whether it be the inlay floors or the curved ceilings, there's pockets of detail everywhere. Match that with the gorgeous found objects (turned furniture pieces) and beautiful art (some of which Allie created herself), and we basically found a perfect apartment. Swoon.



Allie has a background in interior design, can you tell? She's currently working at Lotus Bleu. If you're familiar with the store, you can see the obvious mutual influence.

AT Survey:

My style: Eclectic, natural, and colorful

Inspiration: The natural world and its perfect design elements

Favorite Element: The beautiful inlay floors and washes of sunlight

Biggest Challenge: Not acquiring endless beautiful things, since I already have plenty!

What Friends Say: That my home is warm, inviting, expressive and a bit museum-like.

Biggest Embarrassment: Lack of dusting... imagine the patience it takes!?!

Biggest Indulgence: When added up, I guess my crafty rubber stamps or endless linens.

Best advice: Buy what you like.

Dream source: These days, Room and Board. They have an excellent variety of stylist offerings + a gorgeous aesthetic.


Resources: craigslist, modern artifact, the touch, summer antiques show in Bilnas, Finland

Furniture: I have built 1/3 of what's in here, 1/3 off of the street, and the rest from my childhood.

Accessories: Paper canisters (one red + green set): Japanese - bought at Paper Source
Green "A": Anthropologie
Green wood grapes: Stumasa
Calligraphy alphabet card: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls (
Bowl of dyed eggs: Made by me
Green ceramic birds: Jonathan Adler
Sage green owl (cast plaster): The Candy Shop in the Mission
Red suitcases: Paper Source
Need point diamond pillow: Isaac Mizarahi for Target
Stitched ribbon pillow: Anthropologie
Yellow woven pillows: Crate and Barrell
Silk green wheat pillow: Thomas Paul
Yellow vase: IKEA
Red lacquered pepper grinder: Zinc Details

Lighting: Ceramic lamps: My sister, she's a potter. Orange lacquer lamp: Lotus Bleu Flowered shade: Urban Outfitters

Rugs and Carpets: Brown jute: West Elm
Brown wool runner: Crate and Barrel
Bird dots: Urban Outfitters
Orange woven cotton: Pier One

Window Treatments: Paper from Paper Source

Beds: Duvet: Dwell for Anthropologie
Shams: Pottery Barn
Patchwork pillow: Crate and Barrel

Paint: In breakfast nook: Valspar: Golden Rattan

Artwork: Portrait in black: Aunt: Susan Richards (painter)
Nude platinum print: Eric Almas
Colorful wood carved screen prints: Friend, Megan Burrato
Russian doll/tulip tree/prints: Dutch Door Press
Green apples: William Morris print
Handmade cards above bed: Me
Skull drawing: Me
Glazed bird trivet: By artist Kenia Taler, bought at 'Egg' in Cole Valley
Year long calender: Dutch Door Press
Ansel Adams print

(Thanks, Allie!)


Photos by Sally Kuchar
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