A lifetime of collecting pays off in Oakland.
Alexandra Young's Craftsman-style bungalow in Oakland testifies to the wisdom of patiently accumulating a collection over many years. Her house is a personal museum of curios, mostly handcrafted, made in America, or heirlooms.
Each corner of every space is carefully arranged. "Most of the things I own are on display at all times, so I'm very particular about what I buy and how each vignette in a room is composed," says Young.
A large personal library, featuring patterned rugs, adds to the home's charm.
An ornate fireplace fits easily into the home's historical mood. Greenery can be found in nearly every part of the house. "No room is complete without plants," notes Young.
In addition to her beloved midcentury style, Young developed an appreciation for Scandinavian design while abroad in Europe in her twenties, evident in the pared-down bedroom.