Cool girl Kate Davison invites us in for a tour of her cozy, stylish home in the Oakland hills.

Roving visual strategist Kate Davison’s 1920s storybook home is full of curated vignettes and clean lines—while offering lots of room to breathe and take it all in.

It was the character of the overall house that she originally gravitated toward when she found the rental on Craigslist two years ago—”quirky in the most wonderful way” with archways, stained glass, and textured plaster walls. Floor-to-ceiling, south-facing windows span both the living and dining rooms. 

“I like to incorporate pieces that tell a story or have a bit of character,” says Kate. “Naturally, those items begin to represent my personal journey: where I come from, the places I have traveled, and even the people that mean the most to me.”

Leslie Santarina

Kate spends half her time in Belgium with her boyfriend, and aspires to host photoshoots and assist as a prop stylist full-time. Until then, she’s cozied up in her charming home. 

“I think we all have our quintessential ‘dream home,’ and as a rental, I have accepted and appreciated my current home for what it is: temporary,” says Kate. “I feel honored and incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful place, even if it’s just for now.” 



Heirloom pieces have been a go-to for Davison—a bit of Georgia to remind her of home, though her look is always evolving.

Heirloom pieces have been a go-to for Davison—a bit of Georgia to remind her of home, though her look is always evolving.

Leslie Santarina

What’s your favorite nook in the home? 

My back porch is definitely my favorite place to spend time. Whether it’s just a few minutes in the morning while watering my plants, or hours upon end with friends and/or a sunset. The view just never gets old.

What’s one detail that made this truly feel like home? 

The way my home smells. It’s a small detail, and one that I don’t think many people would immediately consider, but scent and memory are so closely linked. There is nothing like coming back from a long trip and smelling the familiar scent of “home” right when you open the door. My go-to at the moment is 11 Howard by Oliver Gustav.

Modern pieces, too, now penetrate the rooms, playing off the curves of the walls and archways. She tries to keep it neutral to complement the existing architecture.

Modern pieces, too, now penetrate the rooms, playing off the curves of the walls and archways. She tries to keep it neutral to complement the existing architecture.

Leslie Santarina

See the full story on Dwell.com: My House: Visual Strategist Kate Davison’s Chic Bay Area Abode

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