Michelle's Grown-Up Look

Michelle's Grown-Up Look

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Janel Laban
Feb 17, 2015
(Image credit: Submitted by Michelle)

Name: Michelle
Location: Los Angeles, CA

I've lived in my rental apartment for almost 5 years (I'm the building
manager) and hadn't changed much of the hand-me-down furniture that i scrapped together when i moved in. I recently turned 30 and took a look around and realized the place didn't fit me anymore- I had grown out of the look and style of the entire place.

(Image credit: Submitted by Michelle)
(Image credit: Submitted by Michelle)
(Image credit: Submitted by Michelle)


I then started on a mission to re-design the entire place! I had to start from scratch to shape what my style was, what was within my budget to upgrade, and what type of look and feel I wanted not only my friends and family, but myself, to feel when walking into my apartment.

In the end (however let’s be honest, there’s never an end) my style has morphed into what I would call “Mid Century Modern meets Travel Lover”

Some upgrades were small (the style in which I make my bed); some were
medium (installing curtains and getting new lamps and side tables); some were large (getting new couches, a new coffee table and cowhide rug), and some were HUGE (pulling out the carpet and having the floors refinished with the help of my dad). In the process I’ve begun love affairs with West Elm, Urban Outfitters and the Flea Market at Fairfax High School.

I'm super excited about the result, with the crème de la crème being
my living room! My home reflects my transition into adulthood but
still retains all the items that have the most meaning for me - the
multiple maps where I track my adventures around the world; my grid of
travel photos that never seem to hang perfectly straight; photos of
friends and family on my fridge; a collection of corks that have which
friends/date that wine was enjoyed written on them and walls in my
favorite color - green.

Thanks, Michelle!

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