Name: Louiza Babouryan, fashion designer
Location: Sherman Oaks; Los Angeles, California
Size: 400 square feet
Years in business: 3 years
Louiza's studio is a great example of how fashion and interiors can combine to create a beautiful space. She didn't set out to design her studio per se, but just filled the space with necessary fashion objects — collections of books and magazines, mannequins, and mirrors. The result is a very functional but also aesthetically beautiful studio that Louiza loves working in every day.
Find yourself drawn to Louiza's round green table? She originally painted the table for a jewelry show — the green in the table was selected to reflect the emerald green in the jewelry. Louiza used Montana Gold spray paint for the color, and then covered the table in polyurethane to give it a shiny finish.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: A lot of things I make and a lot of vintage. For my space, a melange of things — old and new, silly and serious. I have anything from my mom's antique cutting scissors to my daughter's Hello Kitty collection. Same goes for fashion — I wear a lot of vintage mixed with new, and pieces from my collection. Lucky to always accessorize with jewelry made by my husband Arman.
Inspiration: My work inspires my room and my room inspires my work. Most of it is functional — my books, magazines, vintage clothing, mannequins, trims, and fabrics. Fresh flowers are always an inspiration.
Favorite Element: I have many. Just to mention a couple — my vintage Vogue collection and my vintage, never been worn Alaia pumps from the 80s that I found at a flea market.
Biggest Challenge: I didn't design my studio — it just happened. Space is becoming a challenge as my company is growing. I knew I wanted to have two separate rooms, hence the bookshelf as a room divider.
What Friends Say: It's a nice getaway — you can get lost in books and magazines from different eras. I have several 60s Sears catalogs given to me by a dear friend. We always look at the illustrations and laugh at the prices — $4 shoes.
Biggest Embarrassment: My mess.
Proudest DIY: Painting my green table with my brother's help.
Biggest Indulgence: My indulgence goes to all my textiles and trims.
Best Advice: "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." — Maya Angelou. Or anything and everything Oscar Wilde has ever said
Dream Sources: Paris flea markets.
Resources of Note:
- Bookshelf from Ikea
- Table from Rose Bowl Flea Market
- Gilt mirror from estate sale
- Wood folding mirror screen made by Wayborn
- Kartell Louis Ghost and Mademoiselle chair
- Fresh cut flowers
- Gray washed wood
- Mood board
- Matryoshka dolls (USSR Medals)
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