Not many people can boast that they live in a cabin with a bird’s-eye view of The City, but Trevor Hubbard, the marketing director of the ski and snowboard big-air spectacular ICER Air and co-founder of creative firm Griffix Thunkit, can see to The Embarcadero from the windows of his Telegraph Hill bungalow, perched just off the Greenwich Street steps.
“It really does feel like a cabin,” Hubbard says. “I wake up every morning to the parrots chirping outside.”
The house, which was built circa 1910, was actually moved 50 feet down the hill in 1940. Hubbard has made the modest ground-floor studio he shares with his dog, Jackson, a 2-year-old Vizsla, into something of a modern lodge, complete with a mounted deer head (he affectionately calls it Walt), family heirlooms and softwood wall paneling throughout.
An avid skier, the 27-year-old Tiburon native took inspiration from the great outdoors and local flea-market finds to create his own sanctuary.
“I like pieces that reflect a timelessness and tradition, and really anything that reminds me of a simpler time,” Hubbard says. Cases in point: A John Wayne figure that he’s had since he was a kid stands on the mantle, as does a 1912 black-and-white print of Fillmore Street, the first site of ICER Air’s famous ski jump in 2005, given to him by his grandmother.
Hubbard, who teaches a course in innovative advertising and marketing at the Academy of Art, puts his own keen eye for design to use by putting a personal spin on some of the pieces.
There also is a dark side to his decor: A silver skull that Hubbard found at a North Beach African art store stares out from the mantel, while a dead tarantula, an anniversary gift from his girlfriend, perches at attention under a glass container on the coffee table.
“I think death is beautiful in a way,” Hubbard explains. “And nothing says ‘I love you’ like a dead tarantula.”
A bright idea: Trevor Hubbard enjoys the thrill of chasing down antique pieces, whether at local vintage shops or online at eBay. A regular at the Alameda flea market (“I go every month”), he’s unearthed everything from a 1920s San Francisco ferry boat bench, to a World War II German survey scope (which magnifies all the way down to The Embarcadero in stunning clarity) and brown leather chairs from Goodwill.