A Mission Victorian is a home and art studio


Windy Chien carves out space for comfort and creativity



Editor’s note: This post was originally published in February 2016 and has been updated with the most recent information.

"For some people the big dream is to have a baby; for others, it is to have a career. My dream was to own a house," says Windy Chien. For Chien, a product designer and fine artist, that dream came true five years ago, when she purchased a Victorian in the Mission District.

Chien's home is both a creative expression and a creative home base. She purchased it at a fortuitous moment for potential home owners. "It was during the downturn, and it was a great time to buy," she explains.

Shortly after, she quit her corporate job at Apple in order to focus on herself.

"I was working on the editorial team, and we were responsible for what's on the front page of the iTunes app store," says Chien. "At some point, I decided that I wanted to create things myself. I liked my job, but it was all about nurturing other people's work."

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