Consuelo's Contemporary Echo Park Craftsman Home

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Name: Consuelo Chozas, Vere Verto
Location: Echo Park; Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years lived in: 3 months

When Consuelo and her husband were looking for a new home, they toured this Echo Park craftsman that had just come up for rent. Since it was a bit over their budget, at first they decided to think about it. Then, while chatting with friends, they found out that many others were looking at the place and found it interesting. Consuelo and Thomas couldn't stop thinking about how much character the home had and the generous windows throughout, so they quickly claimed the home and started making it their own

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The enclosed patio gets quite hot during the day, but as soon as the sun starts to go down it's a great place to relax — you can feel like you're outside without ever having to leave the house. Craftsman homes are generally pretty dark, but because of all the windows and the open layout, this particular home abounds with light.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: My husband and I really enjoy mixing in bits of vintage and Mid-Century modern. My business partner (Vere Verto creative director Paige Smith) and I also work out of this space, and we love this concept of simple and minimal — it is a big part of our accessories collection.

Inspiration: Thomas and I were very hands-on with how we decorated the space, and we love to collect special pieces that mean something to us. Our home is really an extension of who we are. In short, I think our inspiration is all the things we love and appreciate about our worlds: travel, film, art, and fashion. We love the beauty and the strength in all things with rich history and really focus on not crowding the soul of the space.

Favorite Element: That would be the charm and personality of all the Craftsman elements. These older homes (ours was built in 1914) have such great character, especially with all the built-ins — the desk, cabinets, and even a bed.

Biggest Challenge: My husband Thomas Leistenschneider and I have a few pieces of prints, art, and photos that we love. Because of the Craftsman style of the home, wall space is in very short supply, so that was tough figuring out how to put everything up.

What Friends Say: All of our friends say they love the view and they love the natural light. They also all comment on how special the built-ins around the home are.

Biggest Embarrassment: That we moved in three months ago and still have not planted my veggie and flower garden in the yard.

Proudest DIY: My proudest DIY is our dining table. It's super simple and minimal — exactly what I wanted to achieve.

Biggest Indulgence: We are obsessed with coffee table books and always manage to pick up a new book wherever we go. It's such a fantastic way to get inspired. Paige and I have fun looking at the books for bits and pieces of inspiration.

Best Advice: Stay away from clutter — too many knickknacks can make an old house look older and more run down than necessary.

Dream Sources: Owning a private jet that could take me to flea markets all over the world for bits of treasures. More coffee table books. Collecting more works of art from everywhere.

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Resources of Note:

ENTRY

LIVING ROOM

  • CB2 sofa and lamp
  • Santa Monica flea market coffee table and magazine rack
  • Vintage film light from The Perfect Piece on Abbot Kinney
  • Ombre blanket on sofa by Carolina Aubele in Buenos Aires
  • Mox brown bag - Vere Verto
  • Prov brown bag (hanging on door) - Vere Verto

DINING ROOM

  • DIY table
  • Vintage photo of Santa Monica
  • Yuval Pudik drawing

KITCHEN

BEDROOM

  • Night stands from Rose Bowl flea market
  • Night stand light from A Perfect Piece on Abbot Kinney
  • Mirror from Painted Ladies in Venice
  • Water color painting by Faris Mc Reynolds
  • Urban Geode, Paige Smith

ENCLOSED PATIO

  • Futon cover - Roberta Roller at Brentwood Country Mart
  • Playboy magazines - my husband has a collection from 1982 (the year he was born). He's from Paris and searched at flea markets there as well as flea markets here in California before completely the whole 12 issues.
  • White pots - Lucky Plant in Venice
  • Succulents - Sunset Nursery
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Thanks, Consuelo!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.