House Tour: Mark and Marissa's Chic Garden Party

Los Angeles

073109marissa-10.jpgName: Mark and Marissa
Location: Hancock Park
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 5 months

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You may remember Mark and Marissa from their House Tour we did just five short months ago. Only a pro could move across town and start fresh with furniture scored from thrift stores and Craigslist and create an entirely new landscape. In order to show off their new digs to Apartment Therapy readers, Marissa invited us to an afternoon garden party (complete with custom stationery). And while we all lusted over their previous eclectic inspired home, this space has its own individual style and feel...

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073109marissa-05.jpg>> Enter Slideshow We characterize the space as buttery and warm, open and airy but manages to give off a cozy vibe. We love how they incorporate mid century modern and boho chic with a few stately furniture pieces thrown into the mix. Their home is even more of a gem once you're shown the enclosed courtyard just outside. Sitting right off the living room, the outdoor oasis is complete with pebble ground cover and a wall of shrubbery. To us, the atmosphere is less So Cal and more East Coast (making it all the more charming). And even though the garden party is over, the good times live on in these pics.

AT Survey:

Why We Moved: We were looking for a brighter place with a nice outdoor area because we really enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. Our new living room is very spacious and enabled us to combine our living and dining space into a "party ready" area. In doing that, we were able to convert our actual dining room into the perfect office space for both of us.

How Our Style Changed: I think we were looking to be more minimalist in this home. Because this is such a large open space, we wanted the look to be more sparse and organic. There is so much more light than our last place, so we made it a point to incorporate more plants inside. We also wanted to showcase the beautiful Spanish architecture as much as possible, without totally changing our own taste.

Our Style: Eclectic

Favorite Element: In the winter it's the fireplace, and in summertime it's the patio. Year round, we love the natural light. Also, Mark built raised beds in the backyard, so we now have an organic garden. Mark has always been an avid gardener, and I'm just learning, but I've quickly fallen in love with gardening and all the tasty meals I can make with ingredients in our own backyard!

Biggest Challenge: We moved from a place that had tons of closets and a second bedroom to having neither.

What Friends Say: Love your place, it's so open and airy! Great place to entertain--do I need a parking pass and can I come and sunbathe on your patio?

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Biggest Embarrassment: The massive amounts of dog hair Vivienne sheds--I mean, a gal can only vacuum so much.

Proudest DIY: The Burlap Drapes. I bought a roll from JoAnn's Fabric and sewed all the drapes by hand. Time consuming, yes - but window treatments in the living & dining room for $70... can't beat that! I will warn you though, burlap has a strong odor and it took a few weeks for the smell to air out. Also, the terrarium on the dining room table, was so much fun to make and quite easy to care of.

Biggest Indulgence: The dining room table and chairs.

Best Advice: We sold a ton of stuff on Craigslist from our old apartment, so anything we purchased for our new place was like decorating for free--love that!

Dream Source: 1stDibs, Lawson Fenning, LA & Calypso Home Store, NYC

Inspiration: My new blog, This Must Be The Place which will showcase all the things I love to do, The Parker Hotel, A Cup of Jo, Life According to Celia, Hotel Figueroa, Creature Comforts, Moroccan Beni Ouarain rugs & wedding blankets, Lovely Morning, Rouxbe, Stan Bitters pottery, flea markets, Cecconi & Bottega Louie's interiors and food, The roof at Hotel La Petite, Paradise Cove, Villas Carrizalillo in Puerto Escondido, MX, local farmer's markets, Sheswai - natural nail care and polish, Margaret Keane, Rolling Greens Nursery, and of course all of our wonderful friends and family.

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Resources:

Furniture: Dining Room; table and chairs from Pepe's Thrift Store, rug from West Elm, matching chairs found at Santa Monica flea market and reupholstered with F & S fabric, small dresser from J.I. Gallery

Living Room; couch from Estate sale and reupholstered with fabric from Diamond Foam and Fabric, pottery on mantel found at Rose Bowl flea market, coffee table from thrift store and had it lacquered

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Platform/Office Area; Bookshelf from Target, Large table found on Craigslist which was our old dining room table--I put the leaf in it and now we use it as a great big desk, dresser and chair from St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, framed music posters from Poster Cabaret

Bedroom; bedding from Anthropologie, lamp from Target

Patio; couch from Craigslist, matching red tables from Estate Sale and repainted, couch found on Craigslist

Stationary; custom made for Garden Party

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(Thanks, Mark and Marissa!)

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Images: Images Beth Zeigler and Marissa Zajack

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