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Required Reading: Abode, by the Owners of General Store in San Francisco

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Required Reading: Abode, by the Owners of General Store in San Francisco

May 1, 2019

Ever since we featured Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St. Peter’s low-key, DIYed 1920s cabin in Topanga Canyon—actually, since well before that, when we first featured their shop, General Store —we’ve associated the couple with the ultimate in California cool, and a certain kind of not-trying-too-hard but bright and edited aesthetic. Thankfully they’re revealing their tricks in their first book, Abode: Thoughtful Living with Less, just out from Abrams.; in it, they chronicle their projects together as a couple—from General Store to their own living spaces—and reveal how to create natural, simple spaces, attainable even for new DIYers and those on a budget. Here’s a glimpse inside the book.

Photography by Mariko Reed, from Abode: Thoughtful Living with Less.

Required Reading Abode by the Owners of General Store in San Francisco The book is based off of Mitnik Miller and St. Peter&#8\2\17;s belief that spaces are best when stripped back to reveal good bones and lots of light, and filled with things of meaning. It&#8\2\17;s a way of living they&#8\2\17;ve incorporated into two locations of General Store, multiple apartments—including an apartment on Irving Street, shown here—and, now, their Topanga Canyon Home.
Above: The book is based off of Mitnik-Miller and St. Peter’s belief that spaces are best when stripped back to reveal good bones and lots of light, and filled with things of meaning. It’s a way of living they’ve incorporated into two locations of General Store, multiple apartments—including an apartment on Irving Street, shown here—and, now, their Topanga Canyon Home.
Required Reading Abode by the Owners of General Store in San Francisco A breakfast nook in the couple&#8\2\17;s Great Highway apartment exemplifies what they call &#8\2\20;the mix&#8\2\2\1;: furniture and fittings that &#8\2\20;represent a sort of map of our lives and our tastes,&#8\2\2\1; all tied together by a neutral palette and natural materials. Here, an Alvar Aalto table mixes with a rattan stool, a flea market find.
Above: A breakfast nook in the couple’s Great Highway apartment exemplifies what they call “the mix”: furniture and fittings that “represent a sort of map of our lives and our tastes,” all tied together by a neutral palette and natural materials. Here, an Alvar Aalto table mixes with a rattan stool, a flea market find.
Required Reading Abode by the Owners of General Store in San Francisco The book covers big picture steps for any project (&#8\2\20;Vision&#8\2\2\1;, &#8\2\20;Deconstructing&#8\2\2\1;, or taking spaces down to the rafters, and &#8\2\20;Nesting&#8\2\2\1;) as well as nuts and bolts: how to remove door and window trim, install skylights for maximum light, swap out light fixtures, buy a rug,and find the ideal white paint. Here, the couple&#8\2\17;s Topanga Canyon kitchen.
Above: The book covers big-picture steps for any project (“Vision”, “Deconstructing”, or taking spaces down to the rafters, and “Nesting”) as well as nuts and bolts: how to remove door and window trim, install skylights for maximum light, swap out light fixtures, buy a rug,and find the ideal white paint. Here, the couple’s Topanga Canyon kitchen.
Required Reading Abode by the Owners of General Store in San Francisco From the section on Nesting: a meditation on how, and from where, to source furniture, like this dresser, recently found at a flea market. It&#8\2\17;s &#8\2\20;not in perfect condition, which in Serena&#8\2\17;s book is a plus,&#8\2\2\1; the couple writes.
Above: From the section on Nesting: a meditation on how, and from where, to source furniture, like this dresser, recently found at a flea market. It’s “not in perfect condition, which in Serena’s book is a plus,” the couple writes.
Required Reading Abode by the Owners of General Store in San Francisco &#8\2\20;Look for site specific opportunities,&#8\2\2\1; the couple writes: In their Great Highway apartment, Mitnik Miller and St. Peter made use of existing tile by installing a slim piece of framing lumber, painted white, to serve as a simple shelf.
Above: “Look for site-specific opportunities,” the couple writes: In their Great Highway apartment, Mitnik-Miller and St. Peter made use of existing tile by installing a slim piece of framing lumber, painted white, to serve as a simple shelf.
Required Reading Abode by the Owners of General Store in San Francisco A fireplace is an opportunity for vignettes.
Above: A fireplace is an opportunity for vignettes.
Required Reading Abode by the Owners of General Store in San Francisco The book also contains a section on &#8\2\20;Outdoors&#8\2\2\1;.
Above: The book also contains a section on “Outdoors”.
Required Reading Abode by the Owners of General Store in San Francisco The book, out now, is \$\2\2 via Amazon.
Above: The book, out now, is $22 via Amazon.

See more of Mitnik-Miller and St. Peter’s projects in Bathroom of the Week: A Master Suite in Topanga Canyon, Scribbles Included.

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