How to get a toehold in SF—and launch a business? Designer Susan Hoff makes totes stitched from retired sails, and lives and works in two small rooms in a Mission District building that she shares with three other artists and a dance studio. Take a look at how she was able to customize her communal rental.
"We're currently renovating our first home, room by damned room," says photographer and stylist Gem Adams of Blackbird. Recently completed: a kitchen facelift by Gem and her husband with some help from her father, black-painted appliances included.