About Us

Influent Home is a boutique furniture showroom located in Berkeley, CA that opened its doors in the fall of 2015.  We started this business to provide a curated selection of furniture and accessories to the growing East Bay population as an alternative to driving to San Francisco.  The flow of people moving out of the big city to Berkeley, Oakland, Albany and the surrounding areas has created a need for more accessible furniture and accessories.  


With the growth of the Internet and the ability to find just about anything you want there, it is vital to any business to offer its goods online.  We have worked very hard to establish an online presence that allows customer access to our fine furniture and decor at a competitive price with discounted shipping rates.  As we grow and add to our inventory, we continue to strive for an excellent customer experience all the way from product selection to delivery.  We invite you to contact us if you ever have any questions.

In Store

We will always be a small business that offers a personal touch.  As the Internet continues to grow, we find it more important than ever to have our items in a brick and mortar store where the customer can experience our products firsthand.  To be able to touch a fabric, see a color or finish, or just speak with someone in person are priceless elements that the Internet can not duplicate.  At least not yet.

Our Product

We offer a wide range of products carefully selected to be unique, functional and beautiful.  All of our products are of the highest quality and we take great pride in the relationships we have formed with these fine makers of furniture and decor. 

  • Vintage and antique pieces hand selected from around the globe, some of which have been touched up, refurbished, refinished and/or reupholstered 
  • Custom upholstery including sofas, benches, ottomans, stools, club chairs and dining chairs
  • Dining tables, armoires, etageres, chests and other large furniture 
  • Custom size area rugs and designs 
  • Table lamps and access to simple light fixtures such as pendants, chandeliers and sconces
  • Accessories and decor selected from makers in the Bay Area, as well as imports from the Phillippines and Morrocco
  • Custom natural woven shades with a multitude of options, made in the Bay Area
  • Fine Art, mirrors and wall decor 
Our Team
Michael Garig - Owner
Michael has been in the Interior Design business since 1998, starting off as a bookkeeper for a small design firm in San Francisco.  He opened his own Interior Design business M. Garig, Inc. in June of 2007.  After his family grew, he relocated to the East Bay and continues to work as a Designer to mostly residential customers in San Francisco, as well as in the East Bay.  He created Influent Home in Berkeley as part of his effort to establish his business more firmly here.  He brings a wealth of knowledge about business, products and design to this unique store.  He is a playful person who enjoys having a good time with clients and customers, but also takes his role very seriously in providing quality products and design.  He is currently also the bookkeeper, marketing guru, buyer of goods, and anything else that we need as a small business entity.
Robin Helbling -Designer / In Store Sales

Robin joined Influent Home in January of 2017. An Oakland resident for the past 23 years, Robin originally hails from Honolulu, Hawaii. She is an experienced interior designer with a considerable background in retail sales. Robin brings a creative eye to the store and the ability to help customers envision new ideas and new products for their home. Robin endeavors to assist Michael with the many large and small tasks of running Influent Home.

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