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Influent Home
Robin Helbling
Interior Designer

Influent Home began as a boutique home furnishings showroom located in Berkeley, CA in 2015. Offering unique furniture, floor coverings and window treatments to the public and to the trade, Influent Home filled a specific design niche in the East Bay.

Additionally, Influent Home provides interior design services for kitchen and bathroom remodels, interior and exterior color consultations and we work with realtors to make the necessary design decisions when bringing a house to market.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawai’i, Robin has lived in the East Bay for the past 25 years and worked as an interior designer for just as long.


I hired Robin to work on a large master bathroom remodel and couldn't be happier!
From the day we met, I shared my vision and she helped ensure it was met. Whenever I reached out to Robin, I'd hear back immediately with updates, ideas or solutions.
Robin was my perfect partner to assist with everything from product suggestions, tile selections and providing detailed technical drawings. There's no way my project would have been as successful if I hadn't hired Robin-- and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
— Kim B, Oakland
Robin is great at what she does - design and decorate your home. It was a pleasure working with her!
— Cheryl McCarthy
Before moving into my mid-century ranch house in the North Bay, I knew I needed help to style the home, starting with color. A good friend recommended Robin Helbling of Influent Home who enthusiastically got right on the case!
What impressed me right away was her responsive and friendly communication by both phone and text. I felt Robin not only listened to me, but heard me. At our first in person color consultation at my home before moving in, she invited me to bring along a piece of art that was meaningful to me. I chose a favorite nature photo that highlights the colorful plumage of a male California quail. Robin ended up pulling color themes from that photo out of her thousands of paint samples that altogether nudged me to ideas that were beautiful, bold, and altogether authentic to me and the home atmosphere I aimed to create.
After coloring the house, I was hooked!
Robin and I went on to work together over the course of a year to furnish my living room that centers on a beautiful custom couch, anchored by stunning rugs that softened my oak flooring. We eventually graduated to having her select beautiful light fixtures for the whole house. Finally, she assisted with my kitchen remodel, helping me select flooring, tiles, and a wall color that completed the beautiful color and design story of my home.
Robin and Influent Home have improved the quality of my life through solid home styling that makes my dwelling feel like the retreat I need as a busy professional. I’ll keep coming back for all my design needs no matter where I live!
— Rue Mapp, Founder & CEO, Outdoor Afto