Location: Los Angeles
Size: around 900 square feet, 1 bedroom
Years Lived in: 10+years, rent
My home has always been a lab for experimenting with ideas, sometimes successful, sometimes not so much. I'm all about change but one thing that always stays constant with me is cozy and welcoming. I love having people over. I remember someone saying once that "if you haven't spilled anything, you're not having enough fun." When people come over for brunch and stay for dinner, I know that my apartment's working...
My style: boho regency
Inspiration: travels esp. to France and Morocco, AT, other people's homes, magazines, clothing, my parent's apartment in New York.
Favorite room: the living room, when it's filled with people, which is why I redid it.
Most talked about element: the chandelier in the dining area
Most Embarrassing Element: that now, since it's almost finished, i want to start over again and redo it, super 70s, minimalist, white walls, white couches, like Derek Sanders apartment or Alison Sarofim's house. What can I say? I like drama and I'm crazy for change.
Element that makes your knees weak: The architectural elements and the crazy tile in the bathroom.
Proudest DIY: That i actually picked paint colors that worked!
Dream source or item: a French winemaker's table that tilts, an egg chair in white leather, a Victorian faux Bamboo chest of drawers from my parent's apartment; Chinese screens from my great-aunt's apartment in Paris, a new coffee table from Allie Waldman...Need I go on?
Reality source: Craig's List, Ikea, Crate and Barrel, the streets of Los Angeles (yup, I'm a junker), friends, the Rosebowl. And a great posse -- upholster, framer, handyman.
Best advice: Take the AT quiz to orient you in the right direction. From my dad: Mix prints, colors, and eras. Go crazy but before you do, have a plan. Trust the process. Go with your gut.
Had forever: The Thonet chairs are from my Uncle's studio in NY. They were also in my first apartment (miss you!) on Union Square; the base of the table in the front was in my room as a kid. I'll probably change out the top again soon.
Just got: The silver Chinese stool from West Elm. I found a white one, at Wisteria, which I'm considering for the living room.
Any additional plans: Next up, the closets. And the hallway, I still haven't finished the hallway. I can't decide whether to paint it teal or paint it white and go for those Blik decals of flying seagulls. I'm tipping towards the later though I'm always open for inspiration.
Appliances: The refrigerator, a Fridgidaire, came from a friend who was moving. The stove, an old O'Keefe and Merritt, was bought for a $1 off the previous tenant (who knew apartments in LA don't come with refrigerators and stoves?)
Hardware: Kitchen pulls from Koontz; bedroom dresser from Top Drawer
Furniture: Crate and Barrel (bed and sofas), the Rosebowl Fleamarket, The Longbeach Fleamarket, Craig's List, Hand Me Downs from my family
Accessories: Collected over the years from sources as varied as flea markets, friends, Ross, etc. I don't discriminate. High or low, all are welcome.
Lighting: Blueprint, Home Expo, Alex on Craig's List
Rugs and Carpet: The living room rug's from Overstock; The zebra rug in the bedroom's off Craig's List.
Window Treatments: Ceasar, my upholsterer; sheers from Country Curtains
Artwork: friends, family and magazine tear sheets
Paint: Traditional Yellow in the living room. Silver Half Dollar in the bedroom; both Ecospec paints by Benjamin Moore
Flooring: my former neighbor, Dave, refinished my floors in dark walnut.