Chelsea & Alex's Balanced Style Blend

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Name: Chelsea Matthews (Co-founder of (No Subject) and blogger behind All Of The Above) and Alex Matthews (Sales Manager of G-Star)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Years lived in: 4 months

You can see the influence of both Chelsea and Alex's personal style in their home. It's a given that Chelsea, a founder of a marketing & events firm, has strong decorating sensibilities. Alex works for a fashion company and is quite stylish himself. Both contributed to the design effort and the result is a blended overall aesthetic that makes everyone happy.

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Chelsea and Alex love to entertain and decided to turn their spare bedroom into a TV room, instead of fitting a television in the living room decor. This way they can retreat to the dedicated room to watch their favorite shows and use the main rooms for entertaining without the distraction of a set. They stick to using the record player in the living room, which sets the mood for more social gatherings.

In keeping with the idea of this decor being the product of a successful mix of aesthetics, Chelsea and Alex's lovely home is also the result of a creative mix of smart sources. They went for a combination of second hand chic with a few higher end, much-loved custom pieces and well chosen, affordable selections from popular, easy-to-access shops. The end result of all of this savvy mixing is a home that hits all the right notes; personal, beautiful and welcoming.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: It's a blend of Hollywood Regency, Art Deco and Mid-Century. I'm a digger — I love flea markets and ratty little vintage stores and Etsy! You'd be amazed at all the cool furniture you find there. Mixed with new and modern touches from mainstream stores like CB2 and Ikea.

Inspiration: I'm endlessly inspired by Kelly Wearstler's projects. She's got a very bold perspective, while still maintaining a certain level of comfort. I really do like the 'wow' factor; the bold colors and off the wall tchotchkes.

Favorite Element: The étagère in my dining room. It was the score of a century and is the most complimented piece in my house. I bought it from an interior designer, who had a pretty hard time selling it to me in the first place.

Biggest Challenge: The size! Moving into this new, bigger place (from a small 2 bed, 1 bath apartment) equates to me designing an additional room, bathroom, a kitchen nook (that I still haven't decided what to do with) and a backyard. It's a lot.

What Friends Say: No more gold! But I don't listen to them.

Biggest Embarrassment: The refrigerator is teeny. Because of the architecture of the house, and the tiling in the kitchen, the placement of the fridge is in a tiled nook that only fits a small fridge. A dinner party nightmare.

Also, the light fixtures — since we're renting we haven't swapped those out yet, but I have plans to… very soon.

Proudest DIY: Probably the art in my hallway.

Biggest Indulgence: Two custom designed pieces from Room Service (one of my favorite stores in LA) — a credenza and a dresser. It wasn't cheap, but worth every penny.

Best Advice: Take your time! Don't rush the design process; it's the things you find on a whim that you love the most.

Dream Sources:
I love Dwell Studio and I'm just constantly inspired by Palm Springs — the hotels, the homes… I love it.

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Resources of Note:

HARDWARE

FURNITURE

ACCESSORIES

LIGHTING

WINDOW TREATMENTS

BEDS

ARTWORK

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Thanks, Chelsea & Alex!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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