Name: Lauryn Evarts & two chihuahuas, Pixy Bean and T.Boone Pickens
Location: Del Mar, San Diego, California
Size: 1 bedroom/1 bath
Years lived in: 2 years
Lauryn Evarts is the blogger behind the Skinny Confidential, a lifestyle site about fitness, wellness, health, relationships, fashion, beauty, and everything in between. Today we're taking a peek inside her San Diego home, whose glam-meets-bohemian vibe is sure to put a smile on your face.
Lauryn's apartment itself is fairly generic, but her tour provides plenty of inspiration for taking a neutral space and making it your own. With rugs, art, little tables clustered around, and lots of accessories, she's added a lot of her own personality to the space.
There's a lot to see here — pretty candles, lovely glassware, a tiny unicorn, a copy of Lauryn's book adorning the coffee table. But everything has its own spot and its own special role within the mix, so the effect is whimsical, and not cluttered. Come on in and take a look around.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: My style is kind of rocker and bohemian with a bit of glam (at least that’s how my interior designer, Julie of Burlap & Crystal, describes it. Specifically, she says: “if I had to put a label on Lauryn’s style, I’d say it’s a multi-dimensional combination of glam meets bohemian with an occasional visit from a rocker").
I feel like I’m clean and simple but I like little detail. Also, I’m a total Gemini so my house represents that yin/yang vibe. The majority of my home is white with splashes of teal and a bit of gold.
Inspiration: I find inspiration everywhere. We added a lot of vintage pieces (Julie found this badass camera from the 60s that we added to the bar cart wall) but we mixed them with items from Marshall’s, Homegoods, or Target.
Favorite Element: Julie and I really wanted to create an experience with each space. So for the office area, we really made it into its own room. Even though it's in the middle of the living room, you feel like you’re in a blogger’s office.
For the bar area, there are black and white photos hanging over the gold cart for a total bar experience (also in the living room). Then we created the kitchen experience and the living room experience. Instead of feeling like you’re in one big room, you feel like there’s little rooms within the one room.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge were the two patios. Ultimately we decided to again, create an ‘experience.’ One patio is sort of a zen-like space with a fountain, comfortable couches, a tiny cafe table, and candles. The other patio has more of a summer-esque vibe going on. Think: lounge chairs, bar cart (hey…summertime skinny margaritas!!), a dog bed, and a full set of table and chairs (hand painted by Julie). I’m super happy with how they turned out despite the challenge because I can enjoy each patio depending on my mood!
Finding time was also a challenge — I’m always running out the door so carving out time to decorate proved to be difficult.
What Friends Say: My friends love to come over because I provide chilled rosé, Brazilian jazz, coconut milk candles, and the sound of the fountain. It’s a peaceful spot and I wanted the vibe to be a super zen and sexy.
Biggest Embarrassment: Definitely all my glass objects. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had friends over where something breaks. It’s all glamorous until you’re crouched on the floor with a dustpan, cleaning up glass from a broken candlestick. Yikes!
Proudest DIY: My proudest DIY is my white peacock chair. I can’t take all the credit, though — I had major help from Natalie of Halfway to Harmony. She found this gem of a chair in Palm Springs and we painted it white with added gold touches. I shared the whole tutorial on The Skinny Confidential. We even added teal/gold garland. Super easy, super fun!
Biggest Indulgence: This has to be my bar area. I fully committed to the bar area. I mean… a girl’s gotta have a cocktail once in a while. Julie found me a couple of vintage pieces to incorporate with my bar cart, and we decorated the walls with black and white sultry prints from Society Social.
Best Advice: I’m a big fan of pieces that are different heights. For instance, there’s a super tall candle holder on my living room table. But then I added a bunch of shorter candles, a medium sized diffuser, and stacked books that were lower to the table. Different dimensions make all the difference when styling the home!
Also, living by myself has been SO much fun! I highly recommend it.
Dream Sources: I am obsessed with One Kings Lane, Jayson Home, DWR, Society Social, Westin Mitchell Design Group, and Waterleaf.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• SW6385 Dover White, Sherwin-Williams
• Couch: Z Gallerie
• Chair: vintage
• Table: CB2
• Rug: vintage
• Coffee table books: Barnes & Noble, eBay, consignment stores
• Pillows: West Elm
• Candle sticks: Home Goods
• Teal console: Home Goods
• Butler tray: West Elm
• Orchids: Whole Foods
• Picture Frames: Gilt Groupe
• Lazy Susan: Crate & Barrel
• Bar stools: IKEA
• White peacock chair: vintage & DIY’d
• Canisters: West Elm
• Bowls: Anthropologie
• Vases: IKEA
• Candles: Voluspa
•Tea Kettle: Home Goods
•Plates: Restoration Hardware
•Bedding: Neiman Marcus
• Table: Pottery Barn
• Vanity: CB2
• Silver vanity mirror: vintage
•Chaise lounge: Target
•Peacock chair: vintage
•Mannequin: Pottery Barn Kids
•Skull: Child of Wild
• Pictures: Society Six
• Bar cart: Society Social
• Coasters: Anthropologie
• Bowls: Anthropologie
• Glassware: Home Goods
• Desk: West Elm and IKEA
• Shelves: Container Store
• Lucite chair: eBay
• Tiny blue unicorn: Urban Outfitters
• Office decor: West Elm, Jayson Home, Home Goods, & vintage
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