Magazine article Sunset

The Fix Is In

Magazine article Sunset

The Fix Is In

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A designer shares 9 quick tricks for making any place feel like home.

WHEN KYLE SCHUNEMAN MOVED into half of a Victorian duplex in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood, he didn't know how long he would live there. What he did know, however, is that he felt duty-bound to make his mark on the apartment. "Even in a rental, it's about making a space that works for you," he says. With these big-impact, lowcommitment decorating ideas, he proves that living well isn't just for homeowners.

1 | PLAY UP GOOD BONES Schuneman made the most, of the apartment's best asset its molding and wainscoting by painting it glossy white. He painted the walls blue as a modem counterpoint.

2 | CUSTOMIZE ON A DIME Using plumbing parts and lumber from the Home Depot, Schuneman built an industrialstyle bookcase for the narrow space behind the living room sofa. Since the piece is on casters, it can easily move out whenever Schuneman does.

3 | CREATE THE ILLUSION OF SPACE Hanging long drapes high lifts the ceiling. "The blue vertical lines make the space feel taller," he says.

4 | BEAUTIFY BUILT-INS Temporary peel-and-stick wallpaper upgrades kitchen cabinets. G/o silver, $85/double roll; tempaperdesigns.com

5 | MAKE BIG STATEMENTS Schuneman hits the flea market for large, affordable pieces that can function as artwork, including this San Francisco bus signage that he scored for $25. "I liked these because they had a local angle, but old maps or educa tional posters work too," he says.

6 | WORK YOUR SMALLEST SPACES Paying attention to every corner makes a home feel lived in. Here, a pottery collection and a cheeky cardboard deer mount draw the eye down the hall, from $13; cardboardsafari.com

7 | HIDE FLAWS Schuneman covered a dated built-in mirror above the mantel with an Airstream photo he had blown up and printed on canvas. Mine your pictures for a masterpiece. …

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