A Couple’s Bright & Relaxed SF Home

A Couple’s Bright & Relaxed SF Home

A Couple’s Bright & Relaxed SF Home


Max and Maria Ramos


For a couple just moving into the Mission district, Homepolish's Nicole Newkirk created a modern space, warmed with artisanal crafts, tribal patterns, and color.

Photos by Helynn Ospina.

It takes a lot of guts to pick up and move your life to another place, so we’ll be the first ones to tip our hats to Max and Maria. When Homepolish designer Nicole Newkirk first showed up to their San Francisco 2-bedroom bungalow in the Mission (literally the day they got the keys), all that they had in the space was their suitcases of clothes and a few pieces of furniture strewn about. From this, they knew they wanted to craft a space that was cozy for the two of them and also welcoming for entertaining.

To start, they made some minor changes to the foundation, adding in a new backsplash to the all-white kitchen and a brass chandelier over the dining area. In the bedroom, Nicole convinced Max and Maria to go for a striking black feature wall, a moody contrast to the light and airy living room. A serene ocean scene hangs over the bed, almost like a window into another world.

Originally hailing from Mexico, Maria is a fan of tribal patterns and artisanal furnishings. Knowing that it’s easy to go over-the-top with this theme, Nicole brought it in through textiles from the pillow shams to the throws and rugs. The tribal accents also bring pops of color to the otherwise neutral space. And speaking of pops of color, check out those barstools in the kitchen. Bright aqua. It feels effortless and fun, perfectly suited to Max and Maria. Next up on the docket? Nicole is handling Max’s company design, Indigo Fair.

See more of the space in the gallery.


I am from Mexico, and I wanted to be able to have some authentic Mexican pieces to give the apartment a more boho/desert style, but Max really likes modern/contemporary style. I think Nicole did an amazing job at capturing what each of us wanted.

- Maria Ramos, Homepolish client



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Homepolish designer Carisse Lynelle‘s comfortably modern SF home.
The fun family home of Homepolish’s Alex Waidley.
Our guide to San Francisco artisanal shops.