Sammi & Dave's Love for Oakland
Name:Sammi & Dave
What I Love About My Home
We really love the natural light on three sides in our home from the large double-hung windows from when this four-storied brick building was built in 1915. The vintage built-ins in the living room and the kitchen cupboards, along with a former Murphy bed space and a bedroom walk-in closet provide us with tons of storage space - which comes in handy for all our outdoor gear. But the best part of our home is our neighborhood - subway down the street, edge of Oakland's Chinatown, a few blocks from a lake, growing restaurant/bar scene and a mix of folks of all classes, ages, families, and ethnicities. We hella love Oakland.
Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home
The single biggest challenge was organizing everything around all of the nook and crannies. The various built-ins are fantastic, but they did mean a large part of our layout was fixed, leaving us to arrange all our furnishings around them. The living room is also far longer than deep, and cut into by three doorways. Subdividing it with a double-sided bookshelf we built allowed us to create separate spaces and some flow (and avoid the bowling alley problem - yep, we've taken our Apartment Therapy - The Book, to heart!)
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