House Tour: Karla's Asian Transitional Home

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Name: Karla
Location: Gold Coast
Size: 780 sq ft.
Years lived in: 1 Year

Karla's friends can't believe how "put together" her place is. After only one year in the space, we can't believe it either. The tones, mood, and general flow of this Gold Coast apartment are thoughtful and contemporary - much more warm and inviting than an overly "put together" place could be. Between Karla's long go-to list of resources for furniture and inspiration and her love of balance (note all the pairings and symmetry), she's created a lovely "Asian Transitional" space, as she calls it, that makes her home feel far from transitional.

Photos by Evan Thomas

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my Style – ASIAN TRANSITIONAL

the Inspiration for my home – WATCHING DIVINE DESIGN W/ CANDICE OLSEN

favorite Element – COMBINATION OF CONTEMPORARY MIRRORS AND THE ANTIQUE CIRCLE OF LIFE FROM AN OLD WHEELBARROW

biggest Challenge in designing my home – WORKING WITH TRADITIONAL DETAILS LIKE ARCHES AND CROWN MOLDINGS IN A CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

what Friends Say about my home – “WE FEEL LIKE WE’RE IN A FURNITURE MAGAZINE PHOTO SHOOT. WE’VE NEVER SEEN A PLACE SO PUT TOGETHER LIKE THIS.”

biggest Embarrassment – BATHROOM

proudest DIY – HANGING BOTH TVs (SINCE THE BUILDING IS AGES OLD, THE WALLS ARE NOT YOUR REGULAR DRY WALL. IT IS CONCRETE. HANGING THE TVS IN THE RIGHT CALCULATION, WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING.

biggest Indulgence – OTHER THAN ELECTRONICS, IT WOULD BE ALL THE SEATING PIECES – THE DINING ROOM CHAIRS, DESK CHAIR, LEATHER CHAIR, 2 LIVING ROOM CHAIRS, SOFA, MIES VAN DER HOWE DAY BED WHICH SERVES AS THE COFFEE TABLE AND EXTRA SEATING, AND CHAISE LOUNGE IN THE BEDROOM. COMFORTABLE SEATING COMES WITH A BIG PRICE TAG MOST OF THE TIME.

best Advice – PURCHASE FURNITURE PIECES THAT HAVE MORE THAN ONE PURPOSE. FOR SMALL SPACES, HAVING MANY USES FOR A CERTAIN FURNITURE, WHETHER ITS EXTRA STORAGE OR EXTRA SEATING, EXPANDS THE VERSATILITY OF A HOME, THUS, MAKING IT MORE PRACTICAL THAN JUST DECORATIVE.

my Dream Source – WILLIAMS SONOMA CATALOG. BUT REALLY JUST ABOUT ANY FURNITURE CATALOG THAT COMES IN THE MAIL FROM LOWE’S QUARTERLY MAGAZINES TO THOSE THICK CRATE AND BARREL BOOKS. THE MORE RESOURCES YOU LOOK AT, THE IDEA OF WHAT YOU WANT FOR THE SPACE BECOMES MORE COHERENT.

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Resources

Appliances
ABT ELECTRONICS
BEST BUY

Hardware
HOME DEPOT

Furniture
INTAGLIA
DOMICILE
CRATE AND BARREL
Z GALLERIE
PIER 1
WORLD MARKET
THE GREAT INDOORS
WEST ELM
BOMBAY
IKEA
EURWAY.COM
OVERSTOCK.COM
SMARTBARGAINS.COM
1UNFINISHEDFURNITURE.COM
TARGET.COM

Accessories
WEST ELM
Z GALLERIE
INTAGLIA
CRATE AND BARREL
NORDSTROM RACK
TJ MAXX
MARSHALLS
WORLD MARKET
PIER 1
SMARTBARGAINS.COM
THROUGH TRAVELS – MOSTLY ASIA

Lighting
WEST ELM
CB2
BOMBAY
OVERSTOCK.COM

Paint
RALPH LAUREN

Rugs and Carpets
EBAY – BEST PLACE TO FIND OVERSIZED RUGS FOR CHEAP

Window Treatments
THE GREAT INDOORS
WORLD MARKET
BOMBAY
JC PENNY
OVERSTOCK.COM
SMARTBARGAINS.COM

Beds
AMERICAN MATTRESS – SERTA MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (FABULOUS!)
UNFINISHED FURNITURE BED FRAME FROM 1UNFINISHEDFURNITURE.COM
SUEDE HEADBOARD FROM OVERSTOCK.COM

Artwork
MY OWN – FROM LEFT OVER WALL PAINT TO TIE IN COLORS IN THE APT, CANVAS FROM MISTERART.COM AND DICKBLICK.COM

Other
ALL ELECTRONICS PURCHASED FROM ABT ELECTRONICS.