Name: Corina Kramer ( and her three kitties: Mojo, Mr. Pants & Snuggles)
Location: Thai Town / Los Feliz — Los Angeles, California
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months — rent
Corina — an Emmy award winning hair and makeup artist — lives in a quintessential Spanish casita which she first shared in a House Call: Corina's Starlet Bungalow. Her home sits inside a classic courtyard complex that was originally designed for the starlets and writers to retreat to during their short stays in Hollywoodland. Naming Kelly Wearstler and a love of retro Hollywood Regency as her two biggest influences, Corina has created a clean classy look on an affordable budget.
Bright, feminine and detailed with texture and soft colors, Corina has only lived here 7 months. She is taking her time to resource the pieces she really wants — maintaining a clear vision and strict budget. Almost all her furnishings are higher-end names but were purchased secondhand from Craigslist, flea markets or estate sales. I love how she's created thoughtful vignettes in each corner, and was not afraid to use the space. People often lean toward minimalism in smaller spaces, but she really acknowledged the square footage with a creative floorplan for her furniture and good decor.
When I asked Corina if she was interested in interior design on a professional level, she nodded yes. She explained it's something she's always loved, and has considered it more seriously lately. I feel her home is a prime example of small cool living and not an ounce of quality has suffered — even on a limited budget.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Hollywood Regency / Girly Eclectic
Inspiration: Kelly Wearstler, Tony Duquette, Dorothy Draper, Hutton Wilkinson, Jonathan Adler
Favorite Element: Glamorous yet completely comfortable and livable
Biggest Challenge: Three cats in a small space and keeping everything clean
What Friends Say: That I should do this for a living!
Biggest Embarrassment: The curtains in the bathroom are not my favorite. I bought an amazing vintage valance at an auction to hang in there and it didn't fit!
Proudest DIY: The framed family photo behind my television. It's actually just a blown up color copy that I put in a frame I found for free. It makes me happy every time I look at it.
Biggest Indulgence: I think my coffee table is the only thing I paid full price for and it has gotten really beat up. Teaches me that I should stick to vintage!
Best Advice: Don't impulse buy. Have patience and dig! Go to flea markets, estate sales, auctions, eBay, Craigslist, Etsy, antique stores. That way, things feel more like treasures and you appreciate them more.
Dream Sources: I would LOVE to spend a day shopping with Kelly Wearstler, at any of the furniture stores on La Brea in Los Angeles, or ABC Carpet & Home in New York.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- • Bathroom: Martha Stewart Violet Aster
- • Parsons Desk / Console: West Elm
• Grecco-Roman Mirror & Wheat Sheath Wall Sconces: Fairfax Flea Market
• Decorating Books: Amazon.com
• Chairs: Urban One
- • Couch: Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams (Craigslist)
• Belladonna Coffee Table: Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams
• Quan Yin Statue: Z Gallerie
• White Chair: River Market Antiques (re-upholstered)
• Side Table: West Elm
• Flamingo Mirror, Milk Glass Vases, Faux Malachite Vases: Estate Sale
- • Dining Table: Rose Bowl Flea Market
• Dining Chairs: Fairfax Flea Market
• Chandelier: Overstock.com
• Vintage Screen, Asian Console, Butterfly Lamp etc.: Fairfax Flea Market and various Estate Sales
• Wheat Sheath Table, Blackamoor Sculpture: eBay
- • Pot Rack: IKEA
• Vintage Glasses: Estate Sale
• Old Tea Tins: Fairfax Flea Market
• Vintage Prints: Alameda Flea Market
- • Dresser: Z Gallerie (via Craigslist)
• Tall Lamps: Goodwill
• Belladonna Desk: Mitchell Gold (via Craigslist)
• Vintage Gilt Sconce: Abells Auction
• Pillows: Etsy.com and West Elm
- • Shower Curtain: Urban Outfitters
• Knobs on dresser: Anthropologie
• Chandelier: Overstock.com
• Vintage magazine rack: Fairfax Flea Market
Images: Bethany Nauert
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