“Design is never done.”

By Brigid Hamilton, '06  |  Photos by Mat Rick

“Design is never done.”

So says Melissa Bergenty Nuñez, ’07, whose 1,000-square-foot apartment in the Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco has been featured on home design blogs, including Apartment Therapy and The Everygirl, for its “organized, classic, modern style with a touch of whimsy—on a budget.”

After graduating from Loyola, Nuñez moved to San Francisco to attend law school. She fell in love with the city and decided to make a permanent home there.

Today she works as a recruiter at MedAmerica/CEP America.

“The concept of home is very important to me,” she said.

“When you move a lot as a kid, or even as an adult, your concept of home is a bit unconventional. It’s not a house or even a tangible structure; it’s rather an idea or a feeling of being where you should be.”

Having lived in five states, four houses, two countries, and “more apartments than she can remember,” Nuñez says being a modern-day nomad has taught her that home is what you make it.

“It’s your friends, your family, and your community. I’ve been living in San Francisco almost seven years now—the longest I’ve lived anywhere—and it makes perfect sense that in this transitory city I feel most at home.”

Read on for a visual tour of her chic abode by the Bay…

About her home furnishings and décor, she said, “Everything in our home has been acquired over time. I came to San Francisco with four suitcases and Alec, my husband, came with his mattress and TV, so it’s crazy how we have cultivated such a grown-up place in just a few short years.”

How would you describe your style?
“DWR style on an IKEA budget.”

Favorite element of your home?
“The natural light! We have big windows in four rooms of the apartment that face west and north. I also love all the vintage details: the tray ceilings, the picture rails, and the built-ins. It’s the sort of charm you only get from an old building. (But let’s be serious, my favorite element is this: rent control.)”

Biggest indulgence?
“You mean aside from living in San Francisco? Framing all of our artwork. But absolutely worth it…

You can never have too much artor too many books. I’m currently running out of space for both.”

What’s the easiest way for you to find inspiration?
“Traveling, bar none. Every time I go away, I feel inspired—either by my friends’ homes or by the cities themselves.”

Read other stories from Loyola’s home issue here.

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