This Skincare Founder's Home Is a Vintage-Lover's Dream

Updated 04/25/19

Brad Knipstein

 

The founder of Vintner's Daughter, April Gargiulo, may be an expert when it comes to skincare—her brand has a veritable cult following—but one look inside her San Franciso home and it's clear she also has a serious eye for design.

"I like pieces that have history... I think most of all I like the story—I like the patina," Gargiulo says in a press release. It's this love of vintage home décor and furniture that guided much of the founder's design process in her own home and it's what led her to curate her own selection of stunning vintage products for Chairish, the online marketplace for unique vintage décor. Now, you can shop Gargiulo's favorite products on Chairish in a bid to bring her love of vintage and penchant for design into your own home.

In case you're still in need of a little inspiration to see just how chic vintage wares can look in a modern space, keep scrolling to take a tour of Gargiulo's San Francisco home (and shop some of her favorite products while you're at it). It's brimming with one-of-a-kind vintage gems that will have you running to your nearest thrift store or vintage outpost.

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This bright and airy living room feels spacious and wide-open thanks to large sliding glass doors and a simple layout. Matching modern armchairs sit across from a small sofa, and a woven leather rocking chair provides an extra seat and a bit of texture. "I like to come into a room that's cool and quiet and restful and peaceful," Gargiulo explains. "A riot of color is not my thing," she adds.

Sven Skipper 1960s Papa Bear Chair
Sven Skipper 1960s Papa Bear Chair Model 91 in the Style of Hans Wegner $6000
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Gargiulo describes her design style as organic and modern which is clearly evidenced throughout her home. However, she admits that she has a weakness for the bolder designs of Italian designers like Ettore Sottsas and Gio Ponti. And although she prefers a "subdued and peaceful" home, Gargiulo shares that her personal style is anything but. "I wear brightly colored clothes, but in my house I like it to be quiet," she explains.

Anne Darby Parker Gestural Mood Painting
Anne Darby Parker Gestural Mood Painting $990
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The kitchen continues the color palette and theme found in the rest of the San Francisco home which is modern and filled with calming brown, tan, and beige hues. According to Gargiulo, the kitchen is the main gathering space for her and her family. "That's where we're cooking dinner, that's where we're playing games. That's where we're having people over," she says.

The room is not only functional but quite beautiful as well. Even the pantry is no ordinary element. It features a translucent screen to create a visually appealing space that's still easy to use. "We didn't want to cut off the light so it had to be this kind of lightbox," Gargiulo explains.

1950s Vintage Imari Tapiovaara 'Wilhelmina' Chair
Ilmari Tapiovaara 1950s Vintage 'Wilhelmina' Chair $2600
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The only space in the home that went through a major floorplan change was the dining room. When Gargiulo first moved in, the space was cut off so she had to open it up in order to better suit her family's needs. The result is this spacious room featuring a long credenza (a work by Guillerme et Chambron sourced from a dealer in Helsinki) topped with a variety of unique decorative vases and a pair of lamps to sit beneath a striking hexagonal wall mirror. The table is sawtooth from a New York designer and the chairs are from Chairish.

Industrial Concrete Lamps
Chairish 1940s Industrial Concrete Lamps Made From Factory Rollers, a Pair $2000 $1800
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This stunning home dry bar boasts a classic mid-century modern design in a rich wooden material. Gargiulo snagged the Gio Ponti piece from Chairish to complete her well-curated dining room. It's decorated with stacked books and a small potted plant.

Ivory Hand Woven Area Rug
Erin Gates by Momeni Thompson Appleton Ivory Hand Woven Wool Area Rug $699
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The home office features distinct horizontal wood paneling. "I wanted it to be a place where you could really go to focus and concentrate," Gargiulo explains. "I also wanted it to be a place where we could have meetings. So if people were coming over, we had a place to talk," she continues.

The space also includes wood paneling on the floors, although it was an original feature of the home and differs from that found on the walls. "It's just the most beautiful color, I don't even know how to describe it," the vintage-lover says. She thinks of it as a combination of leather and sandalwood.

Side Chair in Rust
Chairish Rory Side Chair in Rust $874
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The office also includes this chic gold and black credenza topped with a collection of books and small decorative objects. It contributes to the relaxed design of the space fit for getting work done.

Mid-Century Brass Bookends
Ben Seibel Mid-Century Brass Bookends, a Pair $685
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Finally, this white living space situated just off of the kitchen features a pair of large-scale artworks for a pop of color and a large sectional sofa designed by Roche Bobois fit for seating a large group of people. A sturdy, square coffee table sits in the middle of the space next to a leather pouf to complete the space.

Gargiulo describes her home's aesthetic as "warm, modern, and considered," and we couldn't agree more. Although there are many unique vintage finds throughout, the space feels modern, inviting, and well-conceptualized.

Coral Velvet Panel & Linen Pillows
Chairish Coral Velvet Panel & Linen Pillows, a Pair $238
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