A Rustic and Comfortable San Francisco Home

A Rustic and Comfortable San Francisco Home

A Rustic and Comfortable San Francisco Home


For a gal from Alaska and guy from South Carolina, the key was for Homepolish's Leah Harmatz to bring a sense of their origins to their Bernal Heights home.

Photos by Sedona Turbeville.

No matter where you’re from, chances are that your childhood home has some effect on you. Whether it’s the Cali guy who needs to have some beachy vibes in his Boston apartment or the Manhattan girl who needs some urban grit in her country home, it’s nice to have that sense of comfort. Her clients came from rustic backgrounds. One was raised in Alaska, and the other from the quaint countryside of South Carolina. They were positive that they wanted that down-home feel in their home.

Problem: they live in San Francisco. So how do you get cozy charm in a bustling city? We might be a bit biased, but we think the key is calling in a Homepolish designer. In this case, the gal for the job was Leah Harmatz. Since the couple was moving from a studio apartment to a proper home in the Bernal Heights area, they were starting with a completely blank canvas.

Well, sort of. The first thing that had to be done was painting that canvas. The home was originally a tired yellow color. The whole thing was whitewashed, with the exception of the dining room which is a sublime shade of blue (Benjamin Moore’s Alaskan Huskie, by coincidence), and the emerald in the library (BM’s Newburg Green). The lighter colors allow sunlight to wash over the interiors and allow the wooden accents from the beams to the moldings to pop. The wood lends a cabin-like feel… very homey for the couple.

Then came the matter of furnishings, all in natural, organic materials. The teak dining table, a herringbone cowhide rug, gorgeous reclaimed wood beds, and leather sling chairs all complete the picture. The couple’s dog Taco particularly loves the worn leather sofa. Of course, it isn’t devoid of any glam, with the occasional brass chair or geometric nightstand shining through.

But then came the accents, which undoubtedly speak to that “home on the range” sense. Art shows off grizzly bears and serene snowy forest scenes. Bone bares its teeth whether its a skull on the coffee table or an antler chandelier in the guest bedroom. Knotted wood and succulents show up at each turn. With all its quirks, it became their respite… right in the middle of the city.


Leah was super responsive and always willing to be flexible with what we were trying to achieve (even some of our weirder ideas). There were things I never could have done on my own, and it has been such an amazing life change.

- Homepolish client



For related stories, check out:
This cozy home in SF by Homepolish’s Carisse Lynelle.
This colorful SF home by Homepolish’s Nicole Newkirk.

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