Name: Tracy Bunkoczy
Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California
Size: 850 square feet
Years lived in: 3 months; rented
Tracy recently downsized and relocated to Silver Lake to get a fresh start. With this move, she has gained a second floor walk-up apartment flooded with ample natural light, gorgeous architectural details, and an incredible view from her little deck. Even though she technically scaled down in terms of square footage, she truly has proved that it's quality, not quantity, that matters.
Tracy's apartment is located inside one of those classic Spanish-style buildings that boast some of the finest details in architecture. She is lucky to be located close to great restaurants and bars and has Echo Park Lake and Silver Lake Reservoir at her fingertips. All of this and she has amazing taste in decor and a natural way of making her home feel loved and lived-in! Tracy has fulfilled the most essential part in what she believes is necessary for designing a home: "Being able to curate a look that harmonizes with the feel of the space. And also making it totally personal—it is a reflection of you."
Tracy's home is filled with a fine mix of furniture, both vintage and new, and plenty of glam and bohemian touches, but it is her art collection that truly stood out to me. It is no surprise that one of her most treasured items in her whole home is the first piece of art she bought at a gallery. "It is very obscure; he is beast of sorts wearing a bra and panties with a garter belt. I love how weird he is. But I love my high-back settee too, so it’s hard to decide!"
When you're lucky enough to score a place with such great details and carefully restored architectural charms, it's easy to let your style adapt and become more cohesive. Tracy says that in terms of LA affecting her personal aesthetic, "For lifestyle and culture, I think that the beautiful architecture, unique buildings, and the Los Angeles landscape is very inspiring. We have so many interesting neighborhoods, and we have very creative people here. We also have access to affordable things."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Inspiration: This is a hard question for me to answer, it really comes natural to me and when I see something I just "know" I like it! But to answer it, I guess my style inspiration is an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, Hollywood glamour with French and Spanish touches. It's a mish-mash of stuff that all miraculously looks good together.
Favorite Element: Charming details throughout, everything is original!
Biggest Challenge: Downsizing!
What Friends Say: It feels cozy…
Biggest Embarrassment: I think the outside of the building could use a little love.
Proudest DIY: When my curtains I had custom-made for the living room came out way too pinky-blue and I moved them to the bedroom…I created a sexy boudoir vibe!
Biggest Indulgence: I had the headboard and curtains custom-made. I am pretty good at finding deals on furniture so those items actually cost more than most of my furniture!
Best Advice: Follow your gut, buy when it speaks to you.
Dream Sources: Going on a shopping spree for vintage in Europe and bringing home whatever I find! Especially anything from France, Belgium, Sweden, Holland, or Denmark.
PAINT & COLORS
- Couch: Crate & Barrel
- Sideboard: Mid Century L.A.
- Pouf: One King’s Lane
- Mirrored coffee table: Craigslist
- Lamps: vintage furniture store in Long Beach
- High-back settee: Kelly Wearstler sample sale
- Vintage textile: Rosebowl
- Ottoman: Rosebowl
- Side table: Knoll
- Antler candleholders: Neiman Marcus outlet
- Plant stand: Modernica
- Wes Lang print: Printed Matter
- Girl on horseback: estate sale
- Home Sweet Home print: Weidman Gallery
- Danish Mid-century table and chairs: now-closed vintage store in Silver Lake
- Console: vintage furniture store in Long Beach
- Vintage Danish coffee table with books: bought from a friend
- Blue Eames chair: given to me by my old boss
- Curtains: tea towels from Garde
- Vintage French canisters: Irvine Swap Meet
- Stove: Detroit Jewel provided by landlord
- Ottomans: custom-made
- Bird bowl: Jonathan Adler
- Curtains: custom-made in DTLA
- Headboard: custom-made DTLA
- Sideboard: bought from a friend
- Side table: West Elm
- Lamps: West Elm
- Silver tray: Goodwill
- Sir Charles porcelain dogs: Irvine Swap Meet
- Tattooed girl and guy: Etsy
- Map of Paris: framed wrapping paper from Papyrus
- Silver canisters and tissue box: HomeGoods
- The Chinese Girl: vintage from Irvine Swap meet
- Nude: One King’s Lane
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