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Flora's "Gentleman's Residence"




Oakland, California



Square Feet:


What I Love About My Home

I fell in love with the architectural details. Designed as a gentleman's residence the building was constructed in 1915. There are push button light switches and the original intercom/buzzer is in the hallway. The Murphy Bed wall, tray ceiling and beautiful light really enhance the room.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

Budget. Repaying student loans keeps the budget for furniture very low. Luckily, I have come across some great pieces within my price range. My favorite items were found at thrift stores, flea markets and on Craigslist (I am gradually weeding out the Ikea). I really enjoy finding well-worn, overlooked items and fixing them up. A little elbow grease not only does wonders but also helps promote sustainability.

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Comments (42)

Please share the source for the EAT PIE poster!

posted by colellis on April 12, 2011 at 6:17pm
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That is one big closet! Would it be possible to build your bed in there, make it like an alcove bed?

posted by Hinke on April 12, 2011 at 8:42am
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I really like your trunk! After seeing a few "Hollywood Regency" style posts on AT, I've fallen in love with that mirrored table look. Your trunk is a great variation on that!

I also like that color panel in your kitchen. My kitchen is pretty tiny, and it is filled with white cabinets and white walls. I've painted most of the place, but it would be a lot of work to paint around everything in the kitchen. I LOVE the idea of a colorful panel like that. I think I just might steal your idea. :)

posted by Jessica Jeanne on April 12, 2011 at 9:18am
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Nicely done! I like your credenza.

posted by RMF325 on April 12, 2011 at 9:42am
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Love the trunk... and yes, the "Eat Pie" poster is hilarious.

posted by ndj99987 on April 12, 2011 at 9:43am
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LOVE that shiny trunk!

posted by Coletta (rhymes with velveeta) on April 12, 2011 at 9:52am
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More pics of the kitchen & bathroom please?

posted by Barb in CT on April 12, 2011 at 9:56am
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Agree re the closet, I'd try putting the bed in there too!

posted by Thera_ on April 12, 2011 at 10:12am
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How did you hang the partition between your seating area and bed? I also love the credenza and trunk. Great job w/your space!

posted by peculiarchick on April 12, 2011 at 10:35am
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Cute place, but that swear word lost you my vote.

posted by Honore on April 12, 2011 at 11:02am
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I'll be the 80th person to say it -- I love that mirrored trunk!

posted by DCGirl33 on April 12, 2011 at 11:12am
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Love the Eat Pie, Fuck Cake poster!Hilarity.

posted by Calamity Ayne on April 12, 2011 at 11:44am
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cute! but lose or hide that stereo!!

posted by rlmesq on April 12, 2011 at 12:40pm
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eat cake, fuck people who think it's offensive.

you're making me want to silver leaf a trunk!

posted by noverway on April 12, 2011 at 12:48pm
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i need that pie poster -- favorited for that and the slick trunk/chair combo!

posted by michelleg20 on April 12, 2011 at 2:48pm
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Keep the bed as is! Well done.

posted by jamaica2009 on April 12, 2011 at 10:43pm
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Love, love, love the credenza! I have the exact same one :-)

posted by kimbie on April 12, 2011 at 6:09pm
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That "Eat Pie" poster may have lost you one vote, but it definitely gets you mine! Love it and the rest of your place!

posted by jesskuhrae on April 12, 2011 at 6:23pm
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Simple, clean and lovely.

Love that pie poster!

posted by lollybox on April 12, 2011 at 7:12pm
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I'm curious about the "Murphy bed wall" - there was a Murphy bed at one time, but now there isn't? Is there still the pull-down platform but no mattress? Is there some other way you could use it?

I love your divider curtain, the round mirror over the console, and the colorful panel in the kitchen. Also, eat pie, f*ck cake!

posted by emmelemm on April 12, 2011 at 7:18pm
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Love the artful display of the stereo.

posted by Lilly3 on April 12, 2011 at 10:52pm
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The white chairs & colorful art (and of course, the trunk) make a lovely combination!

posted by Annie-O on April 12, 2011 at 11:34pm
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Way to rock a tight budget! I hope there is some strawberry rhubarb pie in your future. My mother in law would love the poster & she is the pie queen...

posted by doony on April 13, 2011 at 1:16am
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orange curtain and polka dots orange bedsheet.. nice with white paint

posted by atfina_14 on April 13, 2011 at 3:22am
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another fan of the trunk & the eat pie poster.

posted by illestwifey on April 13, 2011 at 6:16am
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Lovely flat. May I be so boring as to ask where you found that gorgeous polka dot duvet cover? I've been somewhat obsessed since I saw it. Thanks!

posted by SwedishJaz on April 13, 2011 at 9:09am
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I love the dresser and those two white chairs and theirs pillows.

posted by Ofelia on April 13, 2011 at 4:28pm
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Hi Flora! your place looks great! love the poster, fuck the prudes.

posted by christanvick on April 13, 2011 at 4:37pm
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Love it.....most of all love the trunk. Did you do it yourself? was it just a wooden finish? Do tell.....

posted by JayyBee on April 13, 2011 at 10:52pm
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Love it. Where did u get the duvet cover please? :)

posted by Alice Cook on April 15, 2011 at 10:58am
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Did you do the trunk yourself? I'm fascinated by this marvelous piece of furniture.

posted by owlmug on April 14, 2011 at 10:46pm
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cute! i love the cat on the desk! :)

posted by lolliesmith on April 15, 2011 at 12:59am
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Love the credenza and the overall arrangement. I like that you kept it light and airy which is best for small spaces.

posted by PutzFrau on April 15, 2011 at 10:05am
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I want the EAT PIE sign! My sisters and I are always saying there isn't enough pie around! Really sweet and it does not read Ikea at all. I do love their cheap book cases. I have the same one. Also love the trunk coffee table, very chic. I have my Mom's cedar chest for mine.

posted by Cymansezdesign_ on April 16, 2011 at 10:36pm
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Is that a cat on your desk? So cute!

posted by Ms Melly on April 17, 2011 at 2:07am
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What a lovely apartment the red curtains
And bedspread are super cute

posted by rachaelb on April 18, 2011 at 4:07pm
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Love your circle mirror. Where did you find?

posted by guffee on April 27, 2011 at 1:58am
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Love your silver trunk and your credenza! Your use of space was excellent, you made separate areas in a very light & easy way. I was surprised to see the huge stereo, I didn't think anyone still had those but you managed to make it look nice. I'm guessing you are more of a music fan, than tv.

The architecture of your place is great! I'm jealous, so evident in the pic of your living seating area, the side wall and the ceiling are fabulous!

posted by mauishopgirl on April 28, 2011 at 3:44pm
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The tray ceiling and wall panels are really nice, they make the place look so sophisticated. Of course so does your decorating!

I agree with rlmesq, hide the stereo. It detracts from the beauty of that credenza.

I love the stainless steel counter in the kitchen. The kitchen cart is cool too. Of course, like everyone else, I think your credenza, steamer trunk, and pie poster are great.

posted by Sam I Am on April 28, 2011 at 6:06pm
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Just to echo what many have said, I love the "Eat Pie" poster. All my friends are obsessed with cake. I don't get it. Pie is so much better.

posted by rickksb on May 3, 2011 at 3:36pm
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So much to love here - choices that keep the light bouncing around the room instead of dying are brilliant. The sleep/live/work space is airy and light, well positioned art without seeming fussy. One qualm is the kitchen. That wallpaper kills it visually and makes the pots and pans seem Lilliputian. Ugh.

Should be nice for a house tour in a year or so as things progress, no?

posted by 580sqftofbliss on May 29, 2011 at 10:41pm
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OMG that Pie poster! Too funny!

posted by mongoose1 on September 19, 2011 at 1:46pm
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