Jen Woo's Home

Oakland, CA

As a freelance writer, editor, content creator, and brand strategist that works from home, my space serves multiple purposes; particularly as my husband is also a creative with an at-home music studio. From office to photo destination, recording studio to refuge, it’s constantly evolving be it from my ever shifting inspiration or for new functionality needs. I am continually on the hunt for unique pieces, and scour Craigslist and other secondhand sites each week, which means I am incessantly updating the decor. (My sister says I swap out furniture like shoes). I love the culture of buying something old or used and curating items that have a story behind them be it from a shop, previous owner, or on our travels. While some encounters are more traditional hand-offs, there have been many a time where long conversations have sparked simply from discussing where a piece of furniture came from. Of course, the added benefit of not buying something mass-produced is that not only does it create less of a footprint environmentally, but you’re able to find a more unique piece as well. Our abode, therefore, is teeming with vintage pieces, peppered with some contemporary items. I also love pairing items to create something new. For instance, the dining table is made up of two marble pedestals that originally came with a glass top, and a red dragon jade top that was previously held up by a Chinese carved wood base. While we haven’t done much to the actual space as it’s a rental, we have incorporated small elements that make a big impact like curtains, putting carpet down in the bedrooms (over an existing ugly brown low pile carpet), changing fixtures and doorknobs, and putting up mirrors and art. In the eight years that we’ve lived here, the house has gone through multiple incarnations, which are quite drastically different. Styles have ranged from a multihued bohemia inspired by our travels in Morocco and our time living in Costa Rica to its current iteration teeming with modern Italian design, which is absolutely influenced by my parents’ collection of furniture when I was young. Currently, it feels the most “done” and like home, which in retrospect makes a lot of sense as it so closely resembles that of my environment growing up. We are also incredibly fortunate to have some very talented artist friends—much of our art has been gifted or purchased from them and I love that I’m immersed everyday in their work and creative energy. Our home in that sense is infused with memories and relationships, which provides constant inspiration, comfort, and respite in our little urban sanctuary.
Jen Woo's Home, Homes, Interior Design
As a freelance writer, editor, content creator, and brand strategist that works from home, my space serves multiple purposes; particularly as my husband is also a creative with an at-home music studio. From office to photo destination, recording studio to refuge, it’s constantly evolving be it from my ever shifting inspiration or for new functionality needs. I am continually on the hunt for unique pieces, and scour Craigslist and other secondhand sites each week, which means I am incessantly updating the decor. (My sister says I swap out furniture like shoes). I love the culture of buying something old or used and curating items that have a story behind them be it from a shop, previous owner, or on our travels. While some encounters are more traditional hand-offs, there have been many a time where long conversations have sparked simply from discussing where a piece of furniture came from. Of course, the added benefit of not buying something mass-produced is that not only does it create less of a footprint environmentally, but you’re able to find a more unique piece as well. Our abode, therefore, is teeming with vintage pieces, peppered with some contemporary items. I also love pairing items to create something new. For instance, the dining table is made up of two marble pedestals that originally came with a glass top, and a red dragon jade top that was previously held up by a Chinese carved wood base. While we haven’t done much to the actual space as it’s a rental, we have incorporated small elements that make a big impact like curtains, putting carpet down in the bedrooms (over an existing ugly brown low pile carpet), changing fixtures and doorknobs, and putting up mirrors and art. In the eight years that we’ve lived here, the house has gone through multiple incarnations, which are quite drastically different. Styles have ranged from a multihued bohemia inspired by our travels in Morocco and our time living in Costa Rica to its current iteration teeming with modern Italian design, which is absolutely influenced by my parents’ collection of furniture when I was young. Currently, it feels the most “done” and like home, which in retrospect makes a lot of sense as it so closely resembles that of my environment growing up. We are also incredibly fortunate to have some very talented artist friends—much of our art has been gifted or purchased from them and I love that I’m immersed everyday in their work and creative energy. Our home in that sense is infused with memories and relationships, which provides constant inspiration, comfort, and respite in our little urban sanctuary.

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