A Designer’s Fun Family Home in San Francisco

A Designer’s Fun Family Home in San Francisco

A Designer’s Fun Family Home in San Francisco


Alex Waidley, Homepolish designer


For Homepolish designer Alex Waidley, "home" should be a reflection of the person who lives in it. Tour with her through her wabi sabi, surfer-meets-skater, thoroughly California (and thoroughly Alex) abode.

Photos by Miha Matei.

It’s my deepest conviction that the design of your home should reflect who you are and what you care about. And the beauty of designing your own home is that you really get to dive deep inside the client’s (aka your own) head, sometimes dangerously deep, to find the answers.


So what’s in the mind of Alexandra Waidley? Well, once you brush aside all those loose Snickers wrappers and random Buffy the Vampire Slayer quotes, you’ll see memories of 6 year-old me skateboarding barefoot under the scorching LA sun, or my intrigue and love for my husband’s Japanese culture, or you may even catch a glimpse of my dad’s garage full of old rock memorabilia. You most definitely would see my need to defy conventions from a very young age. This is my aesthetic–personal, unapologetic, and yeah, I guess a little Mick Jagger meets wabi sabi.


My favorite elements of our home all have a story. Our dining table was made by our good friend Casey Jones and the surf line-up photo above it was shot by another friend Jaymee Harney. The skateboard in our entryway was my brother’s Powell-Peralta from the 90s (classic!). I used to ride it when he wasn’t looking. The kimono above my son’s crib used to be my husband’s when he was a cute little hapa boy growing up in Hawaii, and the art to left of his crib is from Creativity Explored, an art studio for developmentally disabled adults and hands down my favorite place to source art in the city. They create the most beautiful and interesting pieces of art!

I love that I get to live in such a richly meaningful but still well-designed and pulled-together home. I do not believe you have to sacrifice one for the other.

In this tour:
Dining Room