Allie and Travis’ Sunny and Spacious Oakland Home

published Oct 27, 2015
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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

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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. And although Allie has a lot of her sister’s artwork on display, she and Travis have a different decor style, utilizing minimal elements and more color to create a cozy space in a bright and spacious home.

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

Allie and Travis moved to their East Oakland neighborhood a little over three years ago, after living in San Diego—Travis’ hometown—for a few years. Allie is a toy designer, and Travis is the barrel program manager at Drake’s Brewing Company in nearby San Leandro. They love living in the Lynn-Highland Park neighborhood, which is conveniently located just a few blocks from Allie’s sister’s apartment.

Though Allie takes most of the credit for their home’s decor, Travis offers input on Allie’s decisions and contributes art and decor he enjoys. A Miller High Life beer print he found overlooks the dining room table, and a wood lamp with Edison bulbs he made as a gift for Allie sits in the living room area. When asked what other pieces or decisions he’d contributed to their home, he jokingly said, “I straighten some of the picture frames, too,” at which Allie laughed.

(Image credit: Allie Hackett-Camacho)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Modern, whimsical, eclectic

Inspiration: Apartment Therapy (of course), Apartment 34, Dwell, A Beautiful Mess, Design*Sponge, Etsy, local stores like Nathan & Co, Crimson, and Umami Mart

Favorite Element: Beautiful light, wood floors, and high ceilings

Biggest Challenge: Dust! We live near the freeway and we get so much dust in the house.

What Friends Say: One friend told us we have the “nicest house of anyone they know,” which is a great compliment! Most people love the artwork and how much light and sunshine we get.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our guest room and laundry area have really become storage/catch-all rooms and have not gotten the attention they deserve.

Proudest DIY: The coffee table! I [Allie] designed and built the table myself through a class at the Crucible in West Oakland (amazing place that offers all kinds of classes). I did all the welding and woodworking, and then had the base professionally powder coated here in Oakland.

Biggest Indulgence: Either the coffee table (because the class was pretty costly) or our Room & Board sofa, which I am in love with; we bought it secondhand but it still was expensive for us!

Best Advice: When you are looking for new pieces for your home check local flea markets, Craigslist, thrift stores, etc. We waited a long time to get sofas we love but we did it for a fraction of the cost of buying new. Also don’t be afraid to really decorate your rental, make it feel like home!

Dream Sources: Room & Board, Restoration Hardware, Made For Each Other, Thrive Furniture, and bltd (Better Living Through Design)


(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)


  • Master bedroom, main: Behr Natural Grey
  • Master bedroom, accent wall (above): Behr Arabian Veil
  • Bathroom: Behr Snowbound
(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)


  • Green sofa: Room & Board, purchased secondhand on Craigslist
  • Grey love seat: Eq3, purchased secondhand on Craigslist
  • Leather chair: yard sale
  • Footstool: yard sale, reupholstered recently at Bay Trim Upholstery with fabric from Pop Decor Fabrics on Etsy
  • Coffee table: made it myself in the Wood + Metal class at The Crucible
  • Jute rug:
  • TV stand: built by a friend
  • End table: belonged to Travis’ grandmother
  • Sewing stand used as plant stand: found on the street corner
  • Horse lamp: Dear Macy Vintage on Etsy, with lampshade from Target
  • Brass floor lamp: yard sale ($5!)
  • Basket: Pottery Barn
  • Magazine rack: belonged to Travis’ grandmother
  • Triangle pattern linen pillow: Cotton and Flax Shop on Etsy
  • Teal throw pillows: Pier 1 Imports
  • Paint throw pillow: Society6
  • Fern throw pillow covers: Society6
  • Jackalope pillow: Laura Frisk
  • White throw blanket: Ikea
  • Faceted terrarium: West Elm
  • Small glass faceted air plant holders: Crimson Horticultural Rarities
  • Fox statues: DIY project made with air-dry clay
  • Vintage US map: yard sale
  • Antique chicken illustrations: Something To Sell About (estate sale warehouse in Jack London Square)
  • Tattooed Ladies prints: Emily Winfield Martin of The Black Apple on Etsy
  • Antler woman sculpture: Crystal Morey
  • Plants: Crimson Horticultural Rarities & Cactus Garden
(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)


  • Area rug:
  • Chaise lounge: Costco, was a gift from a co-worker when we moved
  • Vintage swivel chair: Craigslist
  • Snail pillow: Laura Frisk
  • Console table: Ikea
  • Rad pillow: Society6
  • Dammit Doll: Dammit Dolls
  • Big Monster: dog toy I designed
  • Domo toy: Toys”R”Us
  • Old window: Urban Ore
  • Antique washboard: Alameda Antique Fair
  • Hatchet: gift from a friend
  • Oakland map print: Nathan & Co
  • Milk glass chicken: gift from my grandma
  • Vintage metal basket: gift from a friend
  • Glass vase: handblown by Biagio Scarpello
  • Arrows: DIY project made of painted dowels and cardboard
  • Vintage soda bottle: belonged to Travis’ grandpa
  • You & Me print: Satchel & Sage
  • Toy basket: Ikea
  • Wood crates: belonged to Travis’ grandparents
  • Wood lamp with Edison bulbs: Travis made this for me!
  • Constellation print: Western Additions
  • Pink Cat painting: Caitlin Hackett original
  • Giant Squid print: David Fullerton—his work is awesome and hilarious.
  • Vintage salt and pepper shakers: gift from my grandma
  • Vintage white and red ice cream dishes: gift from my grandma
  • Air plants: Crimson Horticultural Rarities & Cactus Garden
  • Glass candleholders: Etsy
  • Unicorn print: Yelena Bryksenkova
  • Gold Butterflies print: Satchel & Sage
  • Beetle Girl print: Pam Wishbow
  • Jade plant: pot is from Ikea, plant we sprouted from a cutting
  • Fern and small white pot: Crimson Horticultural Rarities
  • Snail painting: Caitlin Hackett
  • Snail illustration: Christina Mrozik and Zoe Keller from Intricacies
  • The Queen’s Last Soldier bee painting: Caitlin Hackett original
  • Sliver V geode print: Tyler Thrasher
(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)


  • Table: Ikea
  • Stools:
  • Chairs: Craigslist, but I think they are originally from Ikea
  • Island: Ikea
  • Bar cart: thrift store—see my Before & After on Apartment Therapy!
  • Vintage glassware: Alameda Antique Fair, Etsy shops
  • Spirits: mostly from Alchemy Bottle Shop
  • Miller High Life print: found by Travis
  • Goat illustration: Caitlin Hackett
  • Chalkboard: Ikea
  • Framed butterflies: Paxton Gate
  • Tea towels: Earth Cadets
  • Kegerator: Craigslist
  • Tap tower: DIY by Travis
  • Wood tap handles: Etsy
(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)


  • Bedframe:
  • Duvet: West Elm
  • End tables: belonged to Travis’ grandmother
  • Dresser: belonged to Travis’ grandmother
  • Suitcase table: DIY project based on this DesignSponge tutorial
  • Lamps: Ikea
  • Pineapple mirror: Cotton & Copper
  • Oakland map: by People I’ve Loved from Nathan & Co
  • Framed hearts card and brass frame: Etsy
  • Fox print: A.L. Swartz
  • Clothing hamper: Target
  • Feather and Plant prints: Paxton Gate
  • Kill the Queen letterpress: made by Travis in college
  • Area rug:
  • Jewelry display: DIY project
  • Throw pillow: Target
(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)


  • Shower curtain: Target
  • Bath mat: Urban Outfitters
  • Corner shelf: Target
  • Fern and pot: Crimson Horticultural Rarities
  • Swimming Pool print: Pam Wishbow
  • Impermanence print: Laura Berger
(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)
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Allie and Travis Hackett-Camacho have lived in a bright and spacious apartment in Oakland for 3.5 years. (Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

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