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Before and After: Creative preservation

A creative update preserves the character of a great 1930s Oakland home

Living room
Photos by Thomas J. Story; styling by Miranda Jones; 

Living room

Aside from a coat of paint, the living room is as it’s been for nearly 80 years. Even the chandeliers are original―no rewiring needed.

The patina of the floors are Jeremy’s favorite detail. “Those nicks and scratches represent something,” he says. “You can’t replicate that.”

1930s-style camp chairs: UO Lux Leather Butterfly Chair from Urban Outfitters are similar ($248 each).

Textiles: Jamie found most of her old kilim and sumak rugs and Peruvian awayu shawls on eBay.

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