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A Designer’s Home In Berkeley, CA Is Warm and Inviting

by Erin Austen Abbott

I have a deep understanding for someone who is a planner. I get it, I really do. I have been a planner since I was a little girl, organized to a fault. Clara Jung of Banner Day Consulting is the same way. “I left my career as an attorney three years ago to start my own design firm,” Clara shares. “As a lifelong rule follower and planner, I was terrified. I actually didn’t tell my parents I quit my job until a couple of months after the fact.” Leaving her corporate lawyer job to pursue her creative interests was a big risk and she worried about letting her parents down while making the leap. As a designer, Clara is now able to fulfill her needs, make her parents proud of her, and certainly create a beautiful home. 

After spending time in Berkeley, CA during undergrad while attending UC Berkeley, Clara was glad to make the move back to the area with her husband. The Jungs just moved into their new home six months ago from San Francisco after moving around the East Bay since 2012. So while the space is still new and in flux, Clara shares, “I want to see how the house breathes before we make any changes.” Drawn to the neighborhood — which escaped the 1991 Berkeley and Oakland fires — with towering redwoods everywhere and homes full of personality, the couple couldn’t believe it when their offer was accepted. “Although the home has been updated, a lot of the details I love in older homes remain, such as all the original windows, molding, and a wonderful fireplace,” Clara says. At times, being a designer has put a lot of pressure on Clara in any home they have lived in to have a space that feels more like a showroom, but fortunately she tried to keep things as functional as possible this time around. “I want my home to be a place where friends and family can hang out comfortably without worrying about whether they’re going to scratch or damage something. I try to create a house that is full of history, layers and brightness.”

These are great rules to live by, no matter your profession. I hope you enjoy this peek into such a welcoming home. —Erin 

Photography by Lauren Andersen / @laurenedithphoto

Image above:This Plycraft chair is one of my favorite pieces,” Clara notes. “I’ve yet to come across another one that has a similar base.” 

Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
A stunning wall in Clara's home office.
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
The Jung family in their dining room nook.
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
"I’m a minimalist… except when it comes to books," Clara shares.
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
"Our formal dining room. We can’t wait until the weather gets colder so we can have dinner parties in front of a fire," Clara says.
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge

A closer look at the dining table.

Clara Jung on Design*Sponge

“I got my husband a record player several years ago and we’ve slowly been collecting jazz, classical and soul records. The artwork was done by our really good friend Robert Garcia. He grew up in Central California and his artwork is inspired by his upbringing in the Hispanic community and the Chicano attitude. The collection of ginger jars was purchased by [my] mom in the 80s. I was recently cleaning them out and found the original receipt inside,” Clara shares.

Clara Jung on Design*Sponge

“We had driven from Ann Arbor to San Francisco in 2009 to start our new lives as lawyers after law school graduation. We were beyond broke. My mom had given me some money to tie us over until we started our jobs, I used some of it to buy this hutch for $300. It’s a constant reminder of how far we’ve come.”

Clara Jung on Design*Sponge

“Since both of our families live long distance, I wanted to make sure our guest room was inviting and comfortable. The vintage butterfly rug I’ve been saving for a long time for a nursery, but it was time to use it here — it couldn’t look more perfect. Above the bed are butterfly lithographs that I purchased during a trip to Northport, MI. One of my best friends has a family home there and those lithographs always remind me of her and that trip,” Clara shares.

Clara Jung on Design*Sponge

The floral accent pillow on the bed sets the color palette for the rest of the room.

Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
"This eating nook has no windows so it’s dark and cavernous. The only way forward was to embrace it, so I chose to paper it with this wonderful wallpaper. Now it feels like the coziest café. It’s my favorite place to work in the morning."
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
Bold typography, various textures and earth tones combine for a stunning design moment.
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
"This is our main living area off the kitchen. The console is one of my favorite pieces in the house. The whimsical butterfly hardware is a nice contrast to the all the lines on this wall," Clara notes.
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
Clara shares, "The coffee table is a Craigslist find. We just received this sofa and it’s a wonderful place to lounge and relax after a long day."
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
"I’ve had this fiddle leaf fig tree since 2012 and it’s going strong."
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
"The brass vase I purchased at an estate sale. The nightstand I purchased from someone on Craigslist. Perhaps the most uncomfortable encounter I’ve ever had, but definitely worth it."
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
Another peek at the master bedroom.
Clara Jung on Design*Sponge

“The handmade vase was purchased on a whim while picking up florals for a project in Brooklyn. I bought the lamp as a reward to myself after completing my first big project,” Clara says. She also shares about the print leaning against the wall, “After the presidential election last year, I felt helpless and really wanted to do something. No longer practicing law, I had to find another way to contribute. A lawyer friend who moonlights as a furniture maker and I came up with the idea of a silent auction. The four of us organized the event with items donated from Bay Area makers and artists. It was amazing and incredible. The number of items donated, the number of people who showed up (we sold out) and the amount of money we raised exceeded all expectations. We donated all proceeds to Impact Fund, they fund important social impact litigation throughout the country. This print was from the event, it states the following: ‘The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.’– Jane Addams.”

Clara Jung on Design*Sponge

“What I love most about our home is that it’s a sanctuary where we can shed our armor and spend quiet time away from the outside world.”


Clara Jung on Design*Sponge
Floor plan of the Jung home in Berkeley, CA.

Living Room

Sofa – Cb2

Chair – Restoration Hardware

Console – Organic Modernism

Coffee Table – vintage

Kitchen Nook

Table – Cb2

Banquette – Urban Outfitters

Chair – Elsie Green

Dining Room

Table – DWR

Chairs – West Elm

Console – Urban Outfitters

Hutch – vintage

Sun Room

Chair – vintage

Master Bedroom

Bedframe – West Elm

Bedding – Parachute

Nightstands – vintage

Guest Room

Bedframe – Cb2

Bedding – H&M

Rug – vintage

Nightstand – vintage

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