Name: Jennifer Carolina Tredinnick
Location: Piedmont Avenue — Oakland, California
Size: 788 square feet
Years lived in: Rented 7 years
Jen loves all of the natural elements of her home: the plants, the original built-ins, the exposed wood, and the permanent golden hour the stained-glass window creates in the living room. She also lives just a couple of blocks from Oakland's Piedmont Avenue, a commercial neighborhood where some of her favorite boutiques are located. As a lover of vintage fashion and style, that's the cherry on top.
Jen grew up in a small town in the woods, so a lot of her inspiration comes from nature, which explains why she spends most of her time in the beautiful back patio. It's her favorite place in the entire house, and Jen can easily spend day and night drinking wine back there or listening to the rain fall onto the ceiling.
"I can't think of any other place I'd rather live," she says of her Oakland rental. She's lived there for nearly 7 years, so her home is reflective of her style throughout the years, which is heavily influenced by the '70s. "I always wondered what Janis Joplin's cabin in Larkspur looked like in 1970," she says. "I love '70's furniture and music, so there is definitely a '70s-type feeling in my home."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I grew up in a small town in the woods, so a lot of my inspiration comes from nature. I'm drawn to fall colors and cozy cabin vibes.
Inspiration: There are a lot of elements to this home that I love. All the built-ins are sanded down to the original wood and they match the hardwood floors. I have an orange stained-glass window in the living room that gives my home a permanent "golden hour" effect. But if I had to pick one favorite element, it would definitely be the back patio. I spend most of my time back there. It's my sanctuary. You can find me back there drinking coffee with a newspaper in the morning, or drinking wine and chatting with friends in the evening. It's also an amazing place to chill when it's raining. I love hearing the sound of the rain drumming on the roof.
Favorite Element: Although I love, love, love the built-ins, fireplace and windows, the biggest challenge is that there is not a lot of wall space. I have to rotate through art.
Biggest Challenge: Lack of storage.
What Friends Say: Friends usually say " it's so cozy" or they are curious where I find all my stuff. I think people are surprised at how domestic I am. My home has such a comforting effect that sometimes when friends come over before a night out, we end up staying in instead.
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Biggest Embarrassment: My biggest embarrassment is probably the garage. When I find a piece that catches my eye, I'll usually store it in there because I really don't have the space in my house. I really need to have a garage sale.
Proudest DIY: I'm not really big on DIY. However, I am proud of my cinder block succulent plant holders I made on my front stoop. I originally made them because my flower pots were getting stolen. I liked them so much I kept making more. All you need are cinder blocks, chicken wire, plants and soil. Easy and cute!
Biggest Indulgence: Almost everything in my home was found at a flea market, estate sale, Craigslist, or thrift store. As far as throwing down money, I would have to say my biggest indulgence is on plants. The more the better. I don't have the greenest thumb, but I'm learning. Also, my favorite flowers are craspedia billy balls, so I like to sprinkle those around the house.
Best Advice: You can fix any room with plants and lighting. I'm not a big fan of overhead lighting, so having small lamps like a Himalayan salt lamp or a hanging light in the corner can give any room a nice dreamy glow.
Dream Sources: My dream sources are all second hand. I still go to flea markets like the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, Alemany Flea Market, and Treasure Island Flea Market. I do have my secret thrift stores that are a few towns away, but my idea of a perfect hunting day is hitting up estate sales in the Oakland hills. Even if you can't afford anything, its so fun and inspiring to explore the giant houses.