Reader’s home – Nina’s swanky home

Posted on Thu, 12 Jan 2012 by KiM

Nina is a textile designer (with a background in interior design) based in San Francisco.  Her home is a showcase for many of her fabrics (Swanky Swell is her shop). Here is a bit of info Nina provided: Our home is a “tract home” with few architectural designs. It’s one of those house with similar designs with your neighbors. It has no personality and I needed to give it some. So we ripped the whole carpeted area and replace it with distressed hand scraped hardwood floors. We installed wood stair landing and stained them to match the hardwood floors. We painted the riser white. We sanded the stair post and hand rails then stained them to match the hardwood floors as well. By the end, it has almost this black and white effect through out the whole house. On the favorable side, it has high ceilings, very airy and an open plan. I’m always drawn to a loft style living. I left the wall paint white on the first floor and use them to showcase oversized artworks and objects. LOVE the colours and patterns!

rooth says:

Beautiful – I love how she's done the stairs the most

oregonbird says:

Marvelous. The set-ups are traditional, but the choices make it personal without being over-stylized. For San Francisco, it's got a real Hollywood feel to it.

Cata says:

Love the simplicity and balance in the dinning area!! Very inspiring!!!

Eva says:

Wow, I have that exact same faux bamboo chair! Picked it up at a thriftstore here in Rotterdam 🙂

sue says:

She did an awesome job with mixing patterns in the same color family.
The staircase is stunning!

theresa says:

where can i get the blue samothrace painting?!? love it!

Nina says:

Hi Theresa, It's the Yves Klein painting and can be purchased at

theresa says:

Nina – thank you thank you!

Michelle says:

This is stunning. Nina, where did you find all those cute vintage frames from the first picture?

Chrystina says:

I love that tree paper in the bedroom!!

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