Lorena & Ryan's Retro Inspired Condo

Lorena & Ryan's Retro Inspired Condo

Bethany Nauert
Apr 18, 2011
Name: Ryan, Lorena and Rex (the puppy) Location: Costa Mesa, California Size: 1,034 square feet Years lived in: 1— rent Lorena and Ryan O'Malley live in an awesome retro complex that is a spitting image of Palm Springs in the 1950's. The courtyard is designed around a pool and just outside their doorway they've built a succulent garden. The decor is minimally Mid Century and accented with rich earth tones. Lorena and Ryan have a great sense of style and appreciation revolving around retro and vintage pieces. Their home is a two level condo, with an office that is open to and overlooks the living room below. This creates a really large sense of space, allowing a ton of natural light to flood the bright walls. Some of the original lighting fixtures and tiles add to the old-school charm. Considering they have a great back yard and are positioned on the ground level, it gives their puppy Rex plenty of options. Apartment Therapy Survey: Our Style: Mid-Century, retro and simple. Inspiration: Atomic Ranch, Danish design, using recycled furniture Favorite Element: The floor to ceiling windows provide a bright and positive atmosphere. Biggest Challenge: Creating separate spaces in a small, but open layout and eliminating clutter without being impractical. What Friends Say: Exterior structure: "It looks like a 1950's Palm Springs motel." About our style: We assume they are into it… Biggest Embarrassment: Vertical blinds and Rex's excavations in our backyard. Proudest DIY: We're not big DIY people, so the only DIY is the planter at the entrance of our home. Biggest Indulgence: Brand new couch and chair for the living room and our comfy bed. Best Advice: Be picky and be patient. Dream Sources: Atomic Ranch, Eichler design, West Elm. Resources of Note: PAINT & COLORS
    • Dunn Edwards, not sure of the color (it was already painted when we moved in)

    • Plants: Home Depot • Green Patio Chairs: Garage Sale

    • Couch: Macy's • Accent Pillows: consignment store • Recliner: Macy's • Ottoman: bought from a friend who bought it at Macy's • Coffee Table: Long Beach Flea Market • Vintage original Florence Knoll Side Table (tulip style): acquired from a business that was getting rid of all old office furniture (*for free*) • Magazine Rack: Salvation Army in San Clemente • Flying ducks wall décor: Craigslist

    • Bookcase: custom made by our great friend and furniture designer, Joshua Baldwin • Record Player: gift from Ryan's dad • Rug: Target • Bar cart: Craigslist • Wall décor by bar cart: estate sale

    • Dining table and chairs: 1958 Drexel bought on Craigslist • Canvas art: TJ Maxx

    • China cabinet: Declaration by Drexel bought at consignment store • The rest are thrift finds or were purchased at Target

    • Dressers: consignment store • Floor lamp: Target • Bed: Macy's • Bedding: West Elm • Wall Décor: West Elm

    • Bamboo décor: Crate & Barrel & bull; Wall decor: Garage Sale

    • Desk: consignment store • Dresser: Pack Rat in San Clemente • Lounge chairs: Those belong to our friends, Trevor and Kassi, but are temporarily in our office until T&K find use for them in their new place. They were inherited from Kassi's grandparents

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