Name: Jonathan Lo of Happy Mundane
Location: Solana Beach, California
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; Rented
Last year, Jonathan Lo circled back around to his fondest childhood memories and rented a place in Solana Beach for long summer weekend escapes. Of course, since it was only going to be used in summer and because the space was temporary, cost was a primary consideration.
When costs need to be kept low, turn to imagination to keep the final look high. Whether you're putting together a summer retreat or winter abode, Jonathan's space is inspiration for furnishing a home simply, chicly and cheaply, mixing thrift store finds, IKEA standards and DIY ingenuity for a timeless and stylish retreat that works in winter and summer.
MY Style: Graphic and modern, with a nod to mid century retro and filtered through the lens of the relaxed lifestyle of Southern California.
Inspiration: I was really inspired by being by the ocean, and also looking through a ton of décor books and magazines from the 1960’s and early 70s.
Favorite Element: The light in the main living room area from the wall of windows was what sold me on the space. I spent many peaceful afternoons there just enjoying the view.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was not so much with the house itself, but more with just trying to not invest too much into the home since it was just a temporary rental. So keeping an eye on the bottom line was the biggest hurdle!
What Friends Say: "Wow” (when they see the view) and “It’s not what I expected" (when they step inside).
Biggest Embarrassment: The bed in the guest bedroom is actually an air mattress and the kitchen counter tile is pretty ugly (hence no photos!).
Proudest DIY: The faux “weathered wood” headboard. It was a bit of a science experiment with steel wool and vinegar, but it was pretty painless and I really liked the end result.
Biggest Indulgence: The most expensive thing in the house was the bed. I don’t think you can go wrong with investing in a a good mattress. A good night's sleep is completely worth it (especially in a weekend home, where the point is relaxation and rest).
Best Advice: Designer Todd Oldham once said, “If you love it, then it’s perfect.” That line has always stuck with me and keeps me from second guessing myself too much.
Dream Sources: If money were no object, then my dream source would be ABC Home & Carpet in NY.
PAINT & COLORS
- Blue Paint: Behr Ultra “Starless Night” UL230-1
LIVING / DINING ROOM
- Couch: IKEA KIVIK
- Media consoles: Pier 1 Imports
- Dining table: IKEA
- Chairs: Stuff Furniture and Consignments, San Diego (http://www.stuffonadams.com/)
- Rug: West Elm (Souk)
- Corner chair: Cost Plus
- Desk: IKEA MICKE
- Whale: HomeGoods
- Night Stands: Consignment Classics, Encinatas
- Chair: West Elm
- Headboard: DIY. For instructions, click here.
(Images: Laure Joliet)
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