A Maximalist, Layered Lounge in Oakland

A Maximalist, Layered Lounge in Oakland

Esteban Cortez
Nov 16, 2017

Name: Kristin Peters and Corey McLaughlin, cats Gracie and Zoey
Location: Redwood Heights — Oakland, California
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 13 years, owned

When Kristin and Corey first looked at their Oakland home when it was on the market, they walked away from it. Kristin fell in love with the living room views, but Corey couldn't get past the ugly facade and outdated design. When the house kept popping up in their searches (but with a lower price), they agree to take another look. This time, they realized that the bones and structure of the home were in good condition — it just needed a dramatic face-lift. Kristin had a vision of how she could make it a lovely home for the couple, and since she loves a challenge, they dove right in.

Over the next 12 years, Kristin and Corey spent countless hours remodeling the home, all while living in the space themselves. Corey had a tiny bit of construction experience, but that didn't stop them from tackling most of the home projects on their own. The couple scoured the Internet, books, and magazines for advice and tips. "Painstakingly, we transformed our home from top to bottom," Kristin says.

Today, it's literally filled with layers of rugs, cozy throw pillows, and lots and lots of knick-knacks. The couple knows having so much stuff isn't for everyone, but they love the coziness and warmth it evokes as their guests walk through the front door. Though the home gives the impression that the couple has explored the world, Kristin says they actually don't do much travelling. This is intentional, and Kristin says she uses the accessories in her home to inspire her to explore more (first on the list is Morocco, where a lot of her textiles come from). "There are no rules, so do what makes you happy, she says. "Create an experience!"


Entryway — Clarke and Kensington: Black Sand
Stucco — Benjamin Moore: Blue Note
Trim — Benjamin Moore: Decorator's White
Wood — Benjamin Moore: Deep Silver
Retaining walls — Benjamin Moore: Soot

Wall mirror — West Elm
Bookshelf — Bay Home Consignment
Hall tree — SwapShop (Corey's shop, now closed)
Rug — The Southern Loom

Sofa — San Francisco Design Center
Fuzzy bench — Home Consignment Center
Bar cabinet — World Market
White Moroccan Beni Ourian rug — Flea Market Fab
Large green and pink rug — Broomhill Antique Rugs
Beige, pink, and green Moroccan Beni Ourian rug — The Elegant Nomad
Pink, green and orange Moroccan Boujaad rug on bed — La Boheme
Small Moroccan rug on chair — Flea Market Fab
Pink seat cushions — Urban Outfitters
Green palm pillow — Therapy
Black zig-zag pillows — Missoni for Target
All Moroccan cactus silk, rugs, pillows and poufs — Flea Market Fab
Love lumbar pillow — Urban Outfitters
Plants —Home Depot, Broadway Terrace Nursery, Thornhill Nursery
Pink and yellow Kantha quilt — Kismet Designs
Pink glasses — Someone's in the Kitchen, Oakland
Faux fur throw — Pottery Barn
Modern silver clock — EQ3
Gold owl cocktail shaker — Anthropologie
Breaking the Mold painting — Vincent Daddiego
Woven wall hanging — Ball & Claw Vintage
Juju hats — Alameda Point Antiques Faire

Danish modern buffet — Klassik Living
White tulip table — SwapShop
Teak bench — Bay Home Consignment
Concrete pendant light — Beyond Crate Designs
Dining room rug — Flea Market Fab
Beige and grey pouf — Flea Market Fab
Office chair — Therapy
Grey metal shelf — Nathan and Co.
White macrame plant hanger - Flea Market Fab
Pink mercury glass vase — West Elm
Brass and pink marble side table — EBTH

Cabinets and doors — IKEA
Tile — Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Fixtures and faucets — Jack London Kitchen and Bath
Bubble lamp — Berkeley Lighting Company
Concrete pendant lights — Beyond Crate Designs
Gold tiki glasses — World Market
Oven, range, beverage refrigerator & microwave — Airport Home Appliance
Plants and containers — Broadway Terrace Nursery
Shell chandeliers — Coconut Coast Gifts, Kapaa, HI
Rugs — Flea Market Fab
White love throw — Jungle Girl
Spice Rack — Daisy's

White and grey rug — West Elm
Moroccan rug and wedding blanket - Flea Market Fab
Mid-century rocking chair — Urban University Oakland
Large bamboo mirror — Home Consignment Center
Slay neon sign — Urban Indigo
Artwork — In Chorus by Justina Blakeney

Cabinet, vanity and sink — IKEA
Tub — TUBZ
Toilet — TOTO
Plumbing fixtures — Grohe and Hansgrohe
Plants and containers — Broadway Terrace Nursery

Alter and Buddha— Viva Diva
Everything else — Vintage

Bed and white comforter — West Elm
Moroccan pillows — Flea Market Fab
Pink and gold pillow — Therapy
Green comforter — World market
Kantha quilt — Kismet Designs
White Throw — Jungle Girl
Macrame curtains — Urban Outfitters
Macrame pendant — Seed People's Market
Moroccan rug on headboard- Majorel Design — www.majoreldesign.ca
Side Table — EBTH
Small Moroccan floor rug — Flea Market Fab
Gold clock — Nate Berkus for Target
Green embroidered art — Anthropologie
Fan — Hampton Bay

Toilet — TOTO
Floor and shower tile — Walker Zanger
Shower curtain — Target
Lighting — Berkeley Lighting
Plants and containers — Broadway Nursery

Grey chairs, dining table, black chair cushions — IKEA
Bed, rugs, pillows, white side tables — World Market
Potting table — DIY project from reclaimed redwood deck
Pergola — Threshold from Target
Metal planters — World Market
Gold bench — Daisy's

Thanks, Kristin and Corey!

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