1. Use unique pieces. Think custom, and think vintage. This dining room is located in Coddington's Potrero Hill home in San Francisco. A home rich in history, it was built at the turn of the century, but its records were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. Coddington bought the home in 2007, and has had to put considerable effort into working her expansive furniture collection into its 1,400-square-foot floorplan. Coddington designed this mirror and paired a flea-market dining table with 18th-century reupholstered Swedish dining chairs.