Name: Giuliana Lomaglio, bartender, musician, and artist
Location: Echo Park; Los Angeles, CA
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; rented
From her colorful wardrobe to her vibrant spirit, Giuliana oozes character. Her eclectic Echo Park home, which houses a diverse collection of art, reflects her fun-loving attitude and warm personality. Bold colors, a variety of ready-to-play musical instruments, and a wide array of mysterious vintage knick-knacks tastefully strewn about make Giuliana’s place a hands-on haven sure to ignite a childlike sense of wonder.
Giuliana's own painting resides over her vinyl listening station and collection of tiny Buddhas
Giuliana regularly rents out her bright and cozy spare bedroom to lucky Airbnb visitors. Alongside fresh linens and other necessities, guests are given a basket chock full of goodies for the weary traveler. Guest quarters are bathed in soft natural light, and feature colorful amenities, including a sweet little retro school desk on which to compose the perfect postcard.
Her whimsical collection, ranging from the sentimental to the bizarre, is thoughtfully curated to create an comfortable and inviting, rather than cluttered and chaotic, environment. An overstuffed royal blue and gold patterned sofa set from the ‘70s is accented with an assortment of patterns and textures to create a surprisingly serene balance of modern and vintage.
Outdoor space is a rare treat in this locale and Giuliana's place comes complete with a large back patio full of ferns, succulents and other lush plant life. Over-looking the heart of one of the hippest neighborhoods in Los Angeles and located just one block from the newly renovated Echo Park Lake, it's no surprise Giuliana's Colorful Suite is in high demand.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Bordello meets the circus.
Inspiration: Tattoo Parlors and Grandmas, 2 of my favorite things.
Favorite Element: Color!
Biggest Challenge: I’m a mild collector, so keeping things open and spacious has been a fun challenge for me.
What Friends Say: Everyone says they love the place. They feel both at home, and like they are visiting a museum at the same time.
Biggest Embarrassment: I have a collectors addition Pope John Paul II ceramic dinner plate hanging in my kitchen.
Proudest DIY: There are so many to choose from. I’m happy with my Jackson Pollock-inspired dining room table. That was a happy accident that turned into a fun project.
Biggest Indulgence: A tiny panel of vintage wall paper hanging in my bedroom. It’s almost as expensive as my furniture purchases.
Best Advice: Let your weirdness guide you.
Dream Sources: Mongolia, most Parisian antique stores, 1stdibs.com
Resources of Note:
- Decoupage Devil Puppet, purchased during travels in Mexico
- Black and White Photos: Old Photos of Giuliana’s Family from Italy
- Doll House: made by Giuliana
- Jackson Pollack-Inspired Table and Mismatched Vintage Chairs: up cycled thrift store finds
- 3/4-Size Violin: local pawn shop
- Rug, Pillows, and Pine Tree Tapestry: IKEA
- Rocking Chair: garage sale
- Taxidermy Pheasant: Antique Alley in Santa Barbara
- Blanket: Mexico
- Sofa Set: estate sale
- Painting: Virgin Mary in a Pant Suit, original art by Giuliana
- Buddha Collection: All over — mostly shops in various Chinatowns throughout the U.S.
- Japanese Fans: Little Tokyo
- Coffee Table: garage sale find with glass cut by Superior Glass Services in Silver Lake
- 1950s Lye Soap with Painted Face: eBay
- Taxidermy Alligator Head: gift from a friend in France
- Pope John Paul II Collector’s Plate: eBay
- Painting: original by Giuliana
- KitchenAid Artisan Mixer in Empire Red
- Vintage mid-century Juice King Juicer, garage sale
- Curtains and Throw Pillows: IKEA
- 1960s Gold Floral Wall Hangings: eBay
- Vintage Japanese Kimono: travels in Japan
- Vintage Wall Paper Panel: eBay
- Multi-Colored Blanket: Mexico
- Polka Dot Laptop Support Tray: IKEA
- Point Travelers Language Original Dictionary: Amazon
- Curtains: IKEA
- Multi-Colored Blanket: Mexico
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