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Name: Laura Ogle; partner, Jason Reichl; and his 7-year-old daughter
Location: Bayview area — San Francisco, California
Type of home: House
Size: 2400 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there. Jason and I met during the early days of COVID and quickly bonded over our shared love of design, collecting, and making. Jason has a background in marketing and works as an executive for a tech company; he has an affinity for mid-century art and design, and believes deeply in the work and ethos of Charles and Ray Eames. I have a background in fashion design, received my MBA in Design Strategy, and currently work as an innovation strategist for a Bay Area-based marketing studio.
We moved into our current house, which we lovingly refer to as the RadHouse, in December 2021. We love to spend our free time exploring antique stores, flea markets, and art fairs all around the Bay Area — looking for pieces to add to the ever-evolving RadHouse collection. We are drawn to pieces that inspire whimsy, wonder, and above all, playful curiosity (we like to say that we want our house to inspire nosy-ness — where visitors are so intrigued by their surroundings that they are compelled to open drawers, look in medicine cabinets, and do some snooping in hopes of seeing what else there is to discover). When we aren’t traversing the bay for antiques, we spend our time playing games (Jason owns a game company called God Hates Games), making art, and redesigning spaces to fit our newest finds.
Jason and I believe very deeply in the idea that play is serious business — and are inspired by those who put care, effort, and time into making things that are silly, odd, and intriguing. We have designed the space to be like a modern-day curiosity cabinet, and tried to evoke an overall style that blends mid-century, old British gentleman’s club, and playful modernism to create a space that highlights all of our collections.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or fewer. Playful, mid-century curiosity cabinet.
What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is our living room because it encapsulates the design of our home by combining mid-century furniture, with contemporary art, playful antique pieces (like our 10-foot stuffed animal giraffe, or plaster traveling circus tiger), and a lush jungle of indoor plants that feel like a continuation of the community garden you can see from the giant arched windows at the front of the house — not to mention it has an incredible view of the San Francisco Bay.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing we bought for the house was art from the auction site InValuable. Jason bought a Roy Lichtenstein print of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and I bought an animation cell of Batman and Robin waterskiing.
Any advice for creating a home you love? There is no right or wrong when it comes to designing your home, so allow yourself the space and time to be playful, make mistakes, bring pieces in and take pieces out — just like trying on a bunch of different outfits to find the right combination of pieces. Your space will evolve, change, and grow as you do, so don’t be tied to an end result; have fun with the entire process.
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