• US@UO: Kristen Killie's Oakland Bungalow

    Our US@UO series is a behind-the-scenes look at UO culture. Whether we're following the stages of a new store build-out, profiling a cool UO employee, or sharing a roundup of recaps from local events, US@UO takes a look at the real people and real stories happening inside Urban Outfitters.

    Meet Kristen, the women’s manager at our Berkeley store, and get a tour of her cool space (and all her top tips for getting her boho style at home).
    Photos by Jamee Jones

    Can you share a bit more about yourself? 
    I’m originally from Virginia, but currently live in Oakland, California. I relocated with UO a few months ago and am now working as the Women’s Department Manager for Store 13. I also assist with the @uosanfrancisco Instagram content and coordinate in-store events.

    How long have you worked for UO?
    I’ve worked for URBN Inc. for about three years now and I wouldn’t have done it any differently. The amount of incredible and inspiring people I have met throughout my UO journey have made every moment irreplaceable.

    What else are you into? 
    Outside of work I spend my days exploring the West with my puppy Otis and my boyfriend Derek. Some of my favorite adventures include anything involving nature, vintage boutique hopping, record hunting, soaking up some live music, and scouting out a good meal!  

    Tell us more about your amazing Oakland space! 
    My boyfriend and I had one month before moving to find a home here in Oakland and it wasn’t until we arrived that we found this little gem. It was definitely love at first sight so we snatched it the second we stepped through the front door! The building itself was built in the 1940s and is located in the sweetest little hood in the hills a block away from Lake Merritt. We're just across the bay from San Francisco, and the fog in the Bay Area is definitely a real thing, but one thing I’ve found is that there is much more sunshine in Oakland! Our home is so close to the lake and a has never-ending supply of great food and shops. We totally lucked out!

    What are your favorite parts about the space? 
    The exposed wooden beams! They were one of the things that really sold the place. They are just so dreamy. The sun is always lighting up our space with the large-scale windows and skylights. Because our apartment is on top of a hill we also have a really beautiful view of the streets lined with pastel-colored homes surrounding us. And being a block away from Lake Merritt is really awesome as well. The lake is really beautiful during the day, perfect for walks with our pup and lined with sparkling globe lights at night.

    How do you describe your aesthetic when it comes to styling out your space?
    It doesn’t really fit in to one mold, but if I had to say it would be Mid-century modern mixed with western, boho vibes...sprinkle some random pieces that I love regardless of their aesthetic and there you have it. 

    What are some of your favorite possessions?
    Pieces like our El Cosmico poster, skull and elk antler, my vintage turquoise and the hundreds of pictures we have taken along the way. All of these possessions tell a story, and they bring back special memories.

    What are your tips for making a small space feel organized instead of cluttered? Any pro-tips for making a small space feel bigger?
    Less is more.  Before we made our road trip across the country, we decided to sell a ton of stuff.  It’s amazing how little we actually used in comparison to how much we had. Staying on top of the mess that can accumulate throughout a workweek is key as well! I’d be lying if I said I’m always on top of it, but when I am it makes a world of a difference.

    What’s your favorite thing to do on a night staying at home?
    Tacos + Margaritas + Sweats + Netflix = Perfection

    What’s on rotation right now for you both: music, books, movies, and/or other at-home activities you’re into?
    We are constantly listening to vinyl at home day and night. Currently, we have been playing a lot of Grizzly Bear, Phosphorescent, Son Lux, and My Morning Jacket. We are always up for some Otis Redding, Pink Floyd, Beatles, and Led Zeppelin among other classics. We are also in the process of recreating a little space for yoga and meditation. I can't wait until it's finished! Derek spends a lot of time in the kitchen.  He’s a closet chef, which is awesome because cooking is probably one of my least favorite things to do. Aside from that, we spend loads of time playing with Otis and reliving our youth through Super Nintendo.  

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