Bay Area makers and entrepreneurs Jimmy Brower and Damien Merino fill their desert-inspired home with work by local artists to keep the creative juices flowing.

Joey the pup, Jimmy Brower, and Damien Merino chill in their live/work loft.

A creative couple with an entrepreneurial mindset, Jimmy Brower and Damien Merino have created a sun-soaked sanctuary on the Oakland/Emeryville border characterized by lush plant life, quiet nooks, and handmade art and decor. 

Jimmy is the owner and creator behind lifestyle brand West Perro as well as the founder of Head West, a series of maker fairs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Damien has a background in corporate retail and is currently a manager in visual operations at Old Navy and a digital creator. He also has a knack for building clean, minimalist interiors—and killer playlists, which can be heard at most Head West markets. Even their dog, Joey, is building out his own career with a recent modeling gig for kids fashion brand Janie and Jack.

"We’re lucky to have a dual entrance where we have a shop front door, but also a door on the side street, which has less foot traffic," says Jimmy. "We wouldn’t trade the shop door for anything because it has so much historical integrity…and we love how it breaks up the floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room."

“We’re lucky to have a dual entrance where we have a shop front door, but also a door on the side street, which has less foot traffic,” says Jimmy. “We wouldn’t trade the shop door for anything because it has so much historical integrity…and we love how it breaks up the floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room.” 

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Joey the pup, Jimmy Brower, and Damien Merino chill in their live/work loft.

Joey the pup, Jimmy Brower, and Damien Merino chill in their live/work loft.



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Just over 10 years ago, what’s now their home was a record shop, without the now existing side door, staircase, and loft. It wasn’t until the current landlord took over that their corner unit and neighboring lofts were converted into live/work spaces. In 2012, Jimmy lived in an upstairs studio, and then in 2014, he and Damien shifted into the current, street-level loft. “Now, the entire building has a mission of supporting creatives—our neighbors are singers, songwriters, musicians, screen printers, and small brand owners, just to name a few,” says Jimmy.

A West Elm Eddy sofa stands as the anchor in the living room alongside a vintage leather chair from Berkeley salvage yard Urban Ore. Perched above is a wood squiggle by Katie Gong.

A West Elm Eddy sofa stands as the anchor in the living room alongside a vintage leather chair from Berkeley salvage yard Urban Ore. Perched above is a wood squiggle by Katie Gong. 

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See the full story on Dwell.com: My House: A Creative Couple’s Live/Work Loft Is Full of Sunny, Southwestern Vibes
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