Homepolish client, founder of Chief 1950, a home décor and lifestyle brand
For a client who loves the world of artisans, whether they be global or in her own Lower Haight neighborhood, Homepolish's Leah Harmatz brought a cool, collected, and thoroughly California vibe to her 1-bedroom apartment.
Photos by Helynn Ospina.
As the founder of Chief 1950, a source of incredible textiles, home décor, and local artworks, a recent Homepolish client can easily be described as a creative, balancing a life as both a storyteller and design curator. As any creative knows, surrounding yourself with inspiration is of the utmost importance to keep your productivity up. The client’s San Francisco 1-bedroom apartment in the Lower Haight district of San Francisco definitely had the makings of an artistic oasis… perched on the top floor, drenched in sunlight, spectacular moldings, an aged brick fireplace. She was (and still is) very obsessed with style, space, and architecture, but she simply couldn’t focus the amount of energy, effort, and time it takes to source incredible designs for her own space.
Sometimes it truly helps to have a collaborator, a fellow creative, who can balance out your opinion and add depth to your artistic vision. That’s where Homepolish’s Leah Harmatz stepped in to pull in those essential finishing touches. The client already had incredible worldly pieces (think blankets from India, baskets from Africa, rugs from Peru, a vintage map from London, a Buddha from Myanmar), but she wanted to make a cohesive visual story. Not to mention, she needed help carving out a dining space and pulling together the home office.
As per her aesthetic, designer and client dove into the world of San Francisco’s diverse thrifting and vintage world. They headed to the Alameda Flea, stuffing Leah’s car trunk to the very brim, shopped estate sales, and scrolled through pages and pages of sources. They even stumbled upon some real gems, such as the dusty pink Herman Miller task chair, which adds a touch of whimsy to the office. Looking at the finished, functional apartment, it all meshes beautifully.
I felt like I was collaborating with a friend who happened to have an incredible eye for design and my best interests at heart. Leah was incredibly thoughtful about form and function.- Founder of Chief 1950