San Francisco Chronicle | Piece by piece, an apartment transforms into a home in Rockridge
Trish Crawley’s entry into her 30s didn’t happen as she had imagined. At 29, she parted ways with her boyfriend of nine years. They had been living together in a historic 1920s building in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, creating a sophisticated space that included his rather bulky family heirlooms.
After the split, Crawley, a North Carolina native, decided to stay put, not wanting to let go of the light-filled, spacious one-bedroom apartment. Starting this new chapter in her life, she understood that the space had to change. Crawley saw an opportunity to develop her own personal style after spending most of her 20s in a relationship and focused on a career in the tech world.
She turned to local designer Lois Vinsel for help. Crawley had admired Vinsel’s collected, quirky style from the designer’s (now-shuttered) Berkeley decor shop, Lola, and hoped to create similar depth and personality in her own home. In short, she wanted a space that exuded the best of both her worlds: Southern charm and Oakland funk.