Name: Olivia Williams, interior designer
Location: Venice Beach; Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; rented
Olivia and her landlord are lucky to have found each other. Olivia often walked past her the building that is now her residence and fell in love with it so much that she started stalking the property and asking neighbors about the space - she had to live there! She finally got the name of the landlord and when she called him the loft was available to be rented, but...
...it was in really bad shape and would need a lot of work to get it to a comfortable living condition. Since Olivia is an interior designer, she overlooked the state of the home because she immediately knew the loft had so much potential. As soon as she moved in, she went to work cleaning the home, making updates, and decorating the space. Now Olivia has a beautiful and unique home steps from the beach - I still can't believe the loft is a rental!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I guess I would say my style is a relaxed eclectic mix of old and new. I
am very sensitive to my surroundings and without sounding snobbish, I
appreciate things that are aesthetically pleasing. It also speaks about
who you are and where you’ve been. My style is ever evolving and I like to
change it up as much as possible. In summer your home can feel lighter and
brighter and in winter cozy and warm by simply changing things around and
changing slipcovers. It's fun!
Inspiration: My house is in Venice Beach very close to the water, so naturally I was
inspired by the relaxed vibe of Venice. I think that it is important to
decorate a house in a way that complements the architecture and general feel of
the house. Luckily, this space has a great loft like feel to it so I was
inspired by that. It brings back my New York days.
Favorite Element: My favorite element of the house is that it is really open and light.
There are skylights and big windows and doors, so it feels very indoor/outdoor.
I love throwing all the windows and doors open all year round.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was hoisting my 12’ dining table up and over the
top deck. No easy feat, but well worth it!
What Friends Say: My friends love the house because of the open kitchen. We all love to
cook and have great gatherings around my table and in the garden. All the
dogs love it too!
Biggest Embarrassment: Hmm, probably the biggest embarrassment is a drawer in the kitchen that
can't open because of the Ikea sink – when I changed the sink out it blocked it
by an inch. Everyone tries to open it!
Proudest DIY: My proudest DIY – there are many. I am a big DIY girl. Maybe it was when
I was in a time crunch with family coming to stay and I managed to get a queen
size mattress and box spring downstairs and my sectional sofa upstairs – ALONE!
It took a while, and I laughed a lot.
Biggest Indulgence: My biggest indulgence, hmmm, probably my garden. I absolutely love
working in my garden and eating the things I grow. But it is perhaps a little
indulgent given the current drought conditions in California. I try to off set it in
Best advice I
was given was to get a sonos stereo system. It changed my life. It is so important
to have good music and that system makes it so easy. I have speakers in every
Best advice I can give –
make your environment beautiful and happy today! Not tomorrow or next month. It
is so important to wake up every day and see things that make you happy. It's
not about having expensive things, it's about getting rid of anything that
creates a negative response in you and making your space feel alive and clear.
Little things like cut flowers or just clearing up the clutter will alter your
mood and make the world a better place!
Dream Sources: My dream
source would have to be Paris – honestly I would go once a month if I
could. Locally, I shop all over and these days it is so easy to see something
online or in a magazine and find it with a little online research. I am
constantly finding new things from so many different sources. Part of it is
that I am always looking.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- My bed is from
Gervasoni at Malibu Market
classic Floss arco
linen from Diamond Foam&Fabric
from Merci Merci in Paris
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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