House Tour: Karla's Asian Transitional Home

House Tour: Karla's Asian Transitional Home

Heather Blaha
Oct 18, 2007

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

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.

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.
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