House Tour: Mark and Marissa's Eclectic Inspired Pad

Los Angeles

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Name : Mark and Marissa (Interior & Graphic Designer; mzajack@mac.com)
Location: Hollywood
Size: 1,100sq.ft.
Years lived in: 4, Rented

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We were first introduced to Mark and Marissa through a friend of ours. We had seen Marissa's amazing framed graphic prints in our friend's home and had asked about them. Once we started writing for Apartment Therapy, we knew we had to make our way to Hollywood and see for ourselves. We were not disappointed. After we were given an official tour, we thought to ourselves that Mark and Marissa had created a home made to be photographed. The space is definitely Domino worthy but the best thing about their home is that it makes you say, "Those are really great ideas and I can actually see applying them in my home."

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We'll start by telling you our absolute favorite things about this well designed home. The huge screen which Marissa found at a local flea market and decided to paint a vintage orange greeted me in the entryway of their home. Adding texture to a wall that probably gets overlooked in most homes, Marissa and Mark use this gem to create an atmosphere indeed. Another top pick is the slender hallway, painted a rich chocolate brown that actually reads velvet-y black. But the focal point of this hallway are the DIY kelly green silhouette portraits of Marissa's family and friends (and her adorable pooch). The grouping of art is designed in a way that feels less preppy and more vintage modern.

Taking a few more steps down the hallway and we're led into the master bedroom that feels light and airy but has a few bold elements that keep it grounded. It might have something to do with the pink glow from the lamps reflecting off the walls or the dangling light that moves effortlessly. Luckily, the large vintage dresser and mirror combo along with the orange bedding keep the room balanced and inviting. Towards the end of the hallway, we enter a little sitting nook off of the master bathroom that is painted a shimmering gold. Decorative accent pieces finish off the look making the area seem like a treasure waiting to be discovered. We want to know when we can move in--or like Marissa's friends say, "when can you come decorate my place?!"

AT Survey:

My/Our Style: Eclectic

Inspiration: Designers; Tommi Parzinger, Frances Elkins, Florence Broadhurst, David Hicks, Milo Baughman, Jonathan Adler, Celerie Kembel

Inspirational Blogs: Apartment Therapy (Of course), Design SpongeDecor8, Park Avenue Peerage, Dose of Design, Oh Joy!, Coco Kelly, The Peak of Chic... I'm a blog junkie

Inspirational Website: The Selby

Favorite Element: The colors

Biggest Challenge: Getting the look I want without breaking the bank

What Friends Say: "Where did you get that? You have to come decorate my place! It's a great party house!"

Biggest Embarrassment: Cottage cheese ceiling and landlord

Proudest DIY: The silhouettes (done by Marissa) of her friends, family and dog

Biggest Indulgence: Reupholstering the sofa and dining room chairs

Best Advice: Select pieces based on individual character, avoiding a uniform look... knowing that it will all come together in the end.

Dream Source: 1st Dibs

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Resources:

Furniture: Thrift stores, Craigslist and estate sales, Dog ottoman from Pampa

Accessories: Pillows in living room from Target, Wood centerpiece in dining room from Anthropologie, Tray in bedroom from Target

Lighting: Pendant lamp in dining room from West Elm, Lampshades in living room from Fantasy Lighting, Lamps in bedroom from Target and lampshades from K-Mart

Rugs and Carpets: Rug in living room and dining room from West Elm, Sheepskin rug in bedroom from IKEA

Beds: Bedding from Anthropologie

Artwork: Graphic prints on mantel by Marissa, Francesco Clemente prints in fireplace

Upholsterer: Ricardo; Sierraup@aol.com)

(Thanks Mark and Marissa!)

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