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The Art of the Evolving Interior: At Home with an SF Curator


The Art of the Evolving Interior: At Home with an SF Curator

November 20, 2015

When we first spotted art curator Renee Zellweger on the Apiece Apart Woman series, we took note of her San Francisco interiors and wanted to know more. As the founder of Summer School, a Bay Area arts program, Renee encourages artists to explore ideas while documenting their stories and modes of work. She produced a project with Stan Bitters last year, and this past September staged a show with Carla Fernández at the Heath Ceramics Boiler Room. Exploring creativity and artfully amplifying results is in Renee’s wheelhouse; it’s no wonder her home reads as personal and perfectly in flux.

Renee, her husband, Claude, and their two sons have lived in their Queen Anne Victorian at the edge of Duboce Park for the past five years. “What we initially envisioned when we first bought the house is quite different from where we are today,” says Renee. They worked with an architect early on before deciding to take a step back and move their efforts into small tweaks and long-term projects instead. An evolution Renee sees in a positive light–“a nice creative and chaotic adventure,” she says. Here is a closer look at the details and her thoughtfully curated home. For more on Renee Zellweger, visit Apiece Apart.

Photography by Leslie Williamson for Apiece Apart; styling by Ashley Helvey.

Above: Walls painted in Farrow & Ball’s Lamp Room Gray and Wimborne White. A Flag Halyard Chair by Hans Wegner sourced in Denmark by friend Joe Kish. A painting by Mercedes Helnwein, one of Renee’s favorite painters, called Masked Girl with Dinosaur; she’s represented by Merry Karnowsky Gallery in LA. A felt basket in the fireplace from Peace Industry that Renee filled with dinosaur toys. “We’ve embraced the theme,” she says.

Above: A large modular Extrasoft Sofa by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani is fitting for the family who arranges the sofa in one large group in the living room or divides it into different configurations around the house.

Above: A room with a bay window is partially painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray. Another felt basket from Peace Industry, who also makes the felt ottoman.

Above: When the family first moved in, the master bedroom was equipped with a closet typical of San Francisco homes: small and awkward. Claude, an industrial engineer, designed a walnut closet with furniture builder Tom Eckhoff. “It really did improve things,” Renee says. The rug is a Decolorized Carpet Reloaded from Golran.

Above: A Two-Arm Wall Sconce by Serge Mouille; Vintage Linen Sheets in Night, Fill Matelasse Shams, and a Fill Matelasse Throw Blanket from Matteo. “We’re flirting with painting our bedroom,” says Renee about the swatch on the wall. “These are the colors that are speaking to us.” It’s a test patch of Hague Blue, Stiffkey Blue, and Cook’s Blue all from Farrow & Ball.

Above: The pair of Saarinen Side Tables Renee bought through Farnsworth, a seller on 1st Dibs. The table lamps are vintage Holmegaard glass shades from Denmark.

Above: Renee in Apiece Apart’s Esperanza Poncho beside a Black Icelandic Sheepskin.

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