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A Fiber Artist’s “Dreamland” of Textured Art
Name: Meghan Bogden Shimek Location: Oakland, California Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: Rented 6 months Meghan’s live-work Oakland loft is very personal and full of inspiration, found in her beautiful fiber weavings, work by her creative friends, or vintage furniture that brings her joy. Though she’s lived in the space for less than a year, Meghan is already enamored with the amount of space the loft provides her, both to create and share with her 5-year-old son.
Sep 9, 2016
Get the Look: An Oakland “Eclectic Weirdo” Loft
Do you have unusual inspirations like Pee Wee Herman, Banksy and Lady Gaga? Do you take pride in that? If so, check our Bob and Heather’s Oakland loft and shop similar items that will fill your space with color, rainbows and overall weirdness (that’s a good thing).
Sep 7, 2016
Get the Look: A Retro-Modern & Scandinavian Mix
Gilles, Ismérie and Alexie’s Montreal home features graphic patterns, Scandinavian-style furniture, nautical themes, and a whole lot of DIY. If you’re looking for this wide range of styles for your home—and maybe some Star Wars art—check out the shopping sources below.
Sep 5, 2016
A “Happy Californian Golden Girls Greenhouse” Apartment
Name: Jane Location: Noe Valley — San Francisco, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 1 year What makes Jane’s home unique is the mixture of items and styles that can only be described as “Happy Californian,” such as the bedroom wallpaper inspired by greenery, the mid-century modern furniture and paintings, and the gorgeous vaulted ceilings that make her smile every day.
Sep 1, 2016
A Super Small & Cozy Santa Cruz Studio
Name: Robyn Kleffman, John Morley and their dog Daisy Location: Seabright — Santa Cruz, California Size: 350 square feet Years lived in: Rented 6 months If John could have it his way, he’d fill his home with comfy La-Z-Boy furniture, but Robyn has completely different tastes, citing Consort, Coup D-Etat, DWR, and Anna Karlin as some of her dream sources.
Aug 31, 2016
Get the Look: Rustic, Nautical & Scandinavian Mix
Jil and Jeff’s home showcases many rustic, nautical and Scandinavian-inspired pieces, like the vintage wood crate at the sofa’s side or the coffee table made from a slab of wood. If you had your eye on some of the items in their expansive Toronto loft, you can get some of the items—or something similar—using the sources below.
Aug 29, 2016
A Boho-Chic Cali Beach Cottage Full of Family Fun
Name: Caryn, Edward, and their two sons Kai and Beckett (plus their two pitbulls Dexter and Nuggett) Location: Santa Cruz, California Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: Owned 11 years Caryn and Edward bought their beach cottage on the west side of Santa Cruz, California 11 years ago to raise their growing family. The family is happy to call the quiet street with beach views their home, though the inside isn’t quite as hushed as the street scene outside.
Aug 29, 2016
A “Homebody’s Haven” Vintage Craftsman Home
Name: Sienna and Javod Location: Willow Glen — San Jose, California Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: Rented 2.5 years Sienna and Javod are inspired by vintage pieces, whether it’s while window shopping at local antique markets, shopping for vintage treasures online, or inheriting family heirlooms. When paired with a penchant for DIY, crafting and art, the result is a beautiful home filled with geometric patterns, textiles and mid-century furniture.
Aug 17, 2016
Get the Look: Luxe Bohemian Hippie Princess Style
Bridget’s best advice is to buy vintage whenever possible so that the stuff in your home is unique. Because of that, it’s hard to find the original sources for many of the items in her eccentric, vibrant Oakland apartment. However, it’s easy to find a modern take on some of these vintage pieces using the shopping sources below.
Aug 17, 2016
A Bright DIY & Art-inspired Loft in Oakland
Name: Erika Brulé Location: Jingletown — Oakland, California Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: Rented 2 years When Erika saw photos of the Oakland loft she now calls home, she immediately signed the lease without even looking at the space in person. She knew it would provide her with all she needed: a spacious area where she could indulge in crafts and DIY projects, expansive walls where she could hang art she loves, and industrial elements like exposed pipes and brick.
Aug 16, 2016
A “Muppets Go to Burning Man” Style Loft in Oakland
Name: Bob and Heather Location: Melrose — Oakland, California Size: 2,500 square feet Years lived in: Rented 2 years Bob and Heather define their style as “eclectic weirdo”—something the couple takes pride in. It’s a space filled with odd decor, including a plush, faux-fur-covered chair in the living room, and stair handrails covered in LED lights—and there are plenty of other unconventional decor elements (this is their current living room projection).
Aug 8, 2016
Get the Look: Contemporary & Industrial
Laura and Nina’s Chicago home is simple and clean on the outside, and the interior is no different. The modern pieces they’ve put in their home create a contemporary and industrial aesthetic that also feels warm and comfortable—not cold and sterile. You can create the same vibe in your home and shop the style using the sources below. Green Cat with Lights — Similar (print sold out, but puzzle can be framed!
Aug 6, 2016
Get the Look: Traditional English & Modern Country
Victoria’s two-bedroom English bungalow is located in the picturesque countryside, and the inside is fitting of its beautiful surroundings. Inspired by traditional English country cottages and whitewashed seaside homes, Victoria added pinks, soft greys, gold and copper throughout the home to keep the rooms feeling cozy and cohesive. She furnished her home on a budget, so Apartment Therapy readers can easily get this warm, traditional look in their homes, too.
Aug 1, 2016
“Luxe Bohemian Fairy Tale Discotheque” Style In Oakland
Name: Bridget Schwartz Location: Adams Point — Oakland, California Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: Rented 7 years Bridget describes her apartment as “luxe bohemian, fairytale discotheque, and hippie princess”—all labels that are hard to define. But after touring Bridget’s bright and eccentric Oakland apartment, the descriptions start to make sense. Her apartment has so many distinct styles, and she is perfectly fine with that.
Aug 1, 2016
A California Home Bursting with Different Styles
Name: Jamee Jones (and his six housemates) Location: Oak Tree — Oakland, California Size: 1,691 square feet Years lived in: Rented 2 years When Jamee greeted me at his doorstep before his Apartment Therapy photoshoot, he had just finished his daily commute from San Francisco, where he works at Urban Outfitters as a social media manager.
Jul 31, 2016
Get the Look: Bohemian & ’70s Minimalist
Megan Jorgensen’s Los Angeles home features many colorful, unique items—watercolor paintings, vintage hand-me-downs, and vibrant textiles. Although Megan is lucky to claim some of these one-of-a-kind items as her own, it’s easy to get a similar aesthetic in your own home using these shopping sources.
Jul 27, 2016
3 Creatives Make It Work in an Open, Eclectic Modern Oakland Loft
Name: Michelle, James, and their son Triston Location: Santa Fe — Oakland, California Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: Rented 1.5 years When a family of creatives lives in one open space, creating nooks where each person can work and relax is challenging. But Michelle, James and their son Triston have successfully completed the difficult task of creating a functional live-work space utilizing pieces that are well-designed and beautiful.
Jul 12, 2016
A Graphic, Nature-Inspired, Small Oakland Apartment
When Maggie and Jose could no longer justify paying such high rent in San Francisco, they decided to pack up and cross the bridge to Oakland.
Jul 7, 2016
Before & After: A Drab, Beige Wall Gets a Bold, DIY Upgrade
When Paige and Thorben moved into their San Francisco apartment, they knew they were going to stay put for a while. And though they were renting, the couple made it a goal to customize their apartment to their liking—something they could call home and be proud of. Throughout the years, they’ve tackled many ambitious projects: building a Murphy bed, custom shelving, and “hacking” their kitchen lighting.
May 26, 2016
Paige & Thorben’s Teamwork in the Mission District
Name: Paige Bennett-Primke & Thorben Primke Location: Mission District; San Francisco, California Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Rented Paige and Thorben’s Mission District apartment shows what good teamwork can create. When they were tired of looking at the white-walls in the living room, they brainstormed and decided to change it up, covering it with reclaimed wood they found in a near-by neighborhood.
May 15, 2016
Laura’s Live-Work Loft
Name: Laura Hyman Location: Santa Fe; Oakland, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Rented When Laura’s sister described her Oakland loft’s style as “feminine industrial,” Laura thought it was spot on. The bright and spacious live-work loft utilizes cool and tranquil colors that add an overall warmth to a huge space that can easily feel cold and sterile.
May 11, 2016
A Swedish-Inspired Modern Backyard Cottage
Name: Su Pang Location: Highland Terrace; Oakland, California Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Owned After spending some time in Sweden, Su fell in love not just with Swedish culture, but with the architecture. “I fell in love with the red wooden Swedish country homes,” she said. “Being a designer, I always wanted to design my own home.” So when she had an opportunity to build in her very own backyard, she jumped on it.
May 9, 2016
Hannah’s Inspiring Oakland Studio
Name: Hannah Ruskin and her dog, Stella Location: McClymonds — Oakland, California Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Rented Having previously used her Oakland live-work space for her now thriving business, Hannah is happy she can now claim the space as her own. Although her small studio continues to allow her to work on creative projects, most of her work from home is personal in nature, whether crafting at her desk or caring for more than 40 flourishing plants.
May 4, 2016
Girolamo & Alex’s Creative San Francisco Loft (& Downstairs Coffee Shop!)
Name: Girolamo and Alex Location: Dogpatch — San Francisco, California Size: 871 square feet (1,200 square feet including the coffee shop) Years lived in: 7 years; Owned Very few people can roll out of bed and be at work in just a few steps. For Girolamo and Alex, getting to their coffee shop—La Stazione Coffee and Wine Bar—is just a quick commute down a spiral staircase.
Apr 13, 2016
Minky & Tirsh’s Open, Resourceful Oakland Loft
Name: Tirsh Hunter and Minky Lew and their dog, Arnie Location: Oakland, California Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Rented Minky and Tirsh cite their family’s resourcefulness as their biggest inspiration, and their North Oakland loft is filled with vignettes demonstrating just that. Minky takes after her grandmother, who instilled such traits in her.
Apr 12, 2016
Joe & Keith Share a Tiny & Inviting Oakland Studio
Name: Joe Cafuir and Keith DeNatale Location: Grand Lake—Oakland, California Size: 300 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented It’s easy for a tiny apartment full of plants and tchotchkes to feel cluttered. But when done the right way—as Joe and Keith have with their tiny 300-square-foot studio—the space can be warm and inviting without feeling crammed or excessive.
Mar 28, 2016
A Southeast Asian-Inspired Oakland Loft
Name: Thoey and Sutty Location: Jingletown—Oakland, California Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, rented Thoey and Sutty’s spacious loft is filled with colorful, vintage items that create a happy home they and their friends love to spend time in.
Mar 13, 2016
Joyce’s Modern & Personalized West Oakland Loft
Name: Joyce Chen and her fiancé Location: West Oakland—Oakland, California Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented When Joyce moved into her now-fiancé’s West Oakland loft a couple of years ago, she knew it would be a challenge to have the space embrace both their styles. The loft previously had a personal gym and bar area in the living room and didn’t quite give off the warm and homey vibe Joyce wanted in their home.
Mar 7, 2016
Jeni’s Mixed & Matched San Francisco Apartment
Name: Jeni Wu Location: Nob Hill — San Francisco, California Size: 685 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented After years of roommates and carpeted studios, Jeni finally got the chance to move into her own apartment, and she couldn’t wait to add her personal style. She works as a home decor buyer and as an interior designer with her own styling business, Wunder Design, so it’s only natural that her space is as stylish as the homes she puts together for clients.
Mar 2, 2016
Genevieve & Ashley’s Lush Shared Sanctuary
Name: Genevieve Bandrowski and Ashley Campbell Location: Cleveland Heights — Oakland, California Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented When Genevieve moved back to Oakland nearly two years ago, she wanted her now-roommate Ashley to see the creative spirit that Oakland has to offer. Since then, they have created a lush sanctuary inspired by the many Bay Area makers they admire.
Feb 15, 2016
Stephanie’s Marina District Apartment of Inspiration
Name: Stephanie Fauerbach Location: Marina District — San Francisco, California Size: 850 square feet Years lived in: 4.5 years; Rented Though making a temporary space feel rooted isn’t easy, Stephanie Fauerbach has put together a collection of mementos and inspiring pieces that make her apartment feel like a home.
Feb 1, 2016
India & Joe’s Apartment of Thrifted & Gifted Treasures
Name: India Mafi, Joe Gray and their dog, Scout Location: Oakland, California Size: 730 square feet Years lived in: 5 months; Rented When I asked India to tell me about some of her favorite thrift stores, she jokingly refused to tell me some of her best-kept secrets.
Dec 16, 2015
A Relaxed, Organic Modern San Francisco Rental
Name: Delila and Nexus, and their dog, Amanda Location: Hayes Valley; San Francisco, California Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Rented Nexus and Delila’s personal styles extend deep into their apartment’s aesthetic — he describes his style as relaxed, and she finds inspiration and comfort in wearing a white T-shirt with vintage jeans and high heels.
Dec 7, 2015
Allie and Travis’ Sunny and Spacious Oakland Home
Name: Allie & Travis Hackett-Camacho and their dog, Brody Location: Lynn-Highland Park; Oakland, CA Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 3.5 years; Rented Allie may look familiar to Apartment Therapy readers, as her twin sister Caitlin’s home—Caitlin & Dave’s Oakland Apartment of Wonder & Oddities—was recently featured.
Oct 27, 2015
Victorian Style in an Oakland Apartment of Wonder & Oddities
Name: Caitlin Hackett and Dave McHale Location: Cleveland Heights — Oakland, California Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented When Caitlin and Dave shared photos of their home in a House Call post earlier this year, Apartment Therapy readers wanted to see more of their wonder-filled Oakland home. Stepping into their spacious two-bedroom apartment, it’s obvious that their tastes and experiences have influenced their home’s décor.
Aug 12, 2015
A Handmade, 600 Square Foot Berkeley Apartment
Name: Natacha Nay and Joshua Location: Berkeley, California Size: 600 square feet Years lived in: 10 months; Rented Natacha and Joshua live on one of Berkeley’s busiest and most historic streets. Though their neighborhood is generally hectic, their home reflects a minimal way of living that contrasts with the busy street scene.
Aug 7, 2015
Fay’s Charming Grand Lake Apartment
Name: Fay Johnson Location: Grand Lake; Oakland, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 3.5 years; Rented Looking at Fay’s gorgeous Oakland apartment, it’s hard to not feel envious. Situated on the top floor of the building, her apartment boasts features most people desire in a home: large windows that provide plentiful light all day, original hardwood flooring and a working fireplace.
Apr 12, 2015
Clara & Sam’s Warm & Inviting Rockridge Home
Name: Clara of Banner Day & Sam (and their dog Morgan) Location: Rockridge; Oakland, California Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Owned Clara and Sam live in a 1930s cottage just a short walk from Oakland’s charming Rockridge neighborhood. After leaving a career in corporate law to start her interior design business Banner Day Consulting, Clara has been constantly pursuing her passion for design in their home, as well as for her numerous clients.
Mar 26, 2015
Annie’s Harmonious Oakland Studio
Name: Annie Oxenhandler Location: Adams Point; Oakland, California Size: 624 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Though a challenge at first, Annie managed to create a harmonious space with the illusion of having separate rooms in what would otherwise be an open studio.
Mar 6, 2015
Olivia’s Elegant Oakland Apartment
Name: Olivia Smartt Location: Adam’s Point; Oakland, California Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Rented As a Bay Area photographer, Olivia likes her walls to remain mostly clear so that she can relax in her home after a long day, as her professional life is very busy and visual. Though bare in some areas, it’s clear that she has put much thought into which art, furniture and decor pieces takes up space in her elegant and minimal Oakland apartment.
Feb 11, 2015
Rachel’s Modern Traditional Cow Hollow Apartment
Name: Rachel Shipp Location: Cow Hollow; San Francisco, California Size: 1,009 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned After turning 30 last year, Rachel decided to pull the trigger and buy her first place—a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood, just minutes away from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Dec 16, 2014
Darren & Preston’s Castro Home With a View
Name: Darren Elms and Preston Ames Location: Castro; San Francisco, CA Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented Los Angeles natives Darren and Preston consider themselves fortunate to have found a beautiful apartment with breathtaking views in the Bay Area’s competitive rental market.
Nov 9, 2014
Vivian & Leonard’s Converted Loft in Oakland
Name: Vivian and Leonard Location: West Oakland; Oakland, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: Leonard since August 2010, Vivian since December 2011; Rented Though Leonard was living in their West Oakland loft before Vivian, the two have managed to successfully bring in both of their personalities to create a rustic and organic space.
Sep 16, 2014
Kevin & Emily’s East Bay Sanctuary
Name: Kevin and Emily Location: Adam’s Point; Oakland, California Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; rented If Kevin and Emily had to describe their apartment in one word, they’d say it’s “thoughtful.” As soon as you step into their 650 square foot apartment—located just two blocks from Oakland’s beautiful Lake Merritt—you can see their careful cultivation of a unique decorative style.
Aug 20, 2014