Paul and Tyra's Eclectic Charmer

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030310tyra-03.jpgName: Tyra Youland and Paul Figueroa (aka 'The Figs')
Location: Koreatown
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years Lived In: 5

Before arriving at at their home, Paul and Tyra let us in on a few interesting details and facts which set their place apart. After inheriting the pad from a long line of bachelors, the pair set out to overhaul the 1920s Spanish style rental. They described an amazing Moroccan lamp hand carried from Medina of Marrakech and a ginormous cat tree for their cats, Mousse and Serac--needless to say, we were psyched to get over there.

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Once we arrived, we couldn't get over how great it felt to be in the space. A grand stairway accessed from the living, a cozy office nook below the stairs and moody lighting in the dining room were just a couple of charmers thrown our way. Heavily impressed with more than a handful of home improvements, we've included "After" pics so you can see just how far the house has come. For instance, painting the built-in bookcase in the living room really makes it stand out (contrasted with the "Before" pic). Upstairs, the removal of a standard bathroom mirror reveals a classic medicine cabinet for storing everyday essentials. Just the right mix of eye-catching and cozy, Paul and Tyra have created quite the inspirational home.

AT Survey:

Our style: Comfort meets practicality

Inspiration: An aesthetic my parents gave me, bound together with tokens of our life travels.

Favorite Element: The original architecture and hardware of the 1920's apartment, original tile in the bathroom, and my Moroccan lamp purchased in the Medina of Marrakech, and hand carried home.

Biggest Challenge: Storage

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What Friends Say: The color choices seem to strike people the most.

Biggest Embarrassment: The ceilings. When we fixed all the walls, we neglected to fix the cracks in the ceilings.  Now they drive me crazy. I'm afraid it's too messy to try and repair them now that we are fully moved in.

Proudest DIY: Repairing the apartment after inheriting the place from a long line of bachelor friends.  We took before and after pics because we knew the change would be dramatic.  Every wall had multiple cracks from years of settling and neglect.  Every floor surface was worn out.  The kitchen is tiny, it was covered in grime, and had the worst layout with very little counter space and oversized appliances.

Biggest Indulgence: I suppose it would be the cost of all the initial repairs.  The place is rent controlled and inexpensive, so we felt it was reasonable to take on the expense of the repairs ourselves.

Best advice: When traveling, skip the inexpensive tourist nicknacks and keep your eyes open for that one amazing item that will bring fond memories and warmth to your home for all the years to come.
PS:  Buy a mat cutter.  It will save you so much money and your art work will look more polished.

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Appliances: Stove: Eagle Rock Appliances, 22" Wedgewood

Hardware: Rejuvenation, and Vintage Hardware

Lighting: Dining room lamp: Marrakech.  Hallway vintage Italian glass pendant: Rose Bowl.

Accessories: Bird pillows: Etsy "magical scraps".  Decanters: PCC flea market.

Artwork:  Joe Sorren limited print from Wacko.

Paint:  I love Jill's Paint in Atwater.  They offer a lot of VOC free options.  Dining room: "Sunglow", Dunn Edwards.  Bedroom: "Chimayo Red", Ralph Lauren.

Flooring: Linoleum City carries a great selection of marmoleum.  It's a green product and it's great in kitchens.

Rugs and Carpets: Linoleum City, Santa Monica Blvd.

Furniture: 60's Chinese chairs: Rose Bowl.  Couch/daybed: Pottery Barn with custom covers and pillows.  Cat tree: Hollywood Franklin Towers, Peter Sehorsch.  Wood screen room divider: Cost Plus.

Window Treatments: Kitchen curtains are handmade with fabric from F&S Home.

Beds: Dark wood sleigh bed: Macy's

(Thanks, Paul and Tyra!)

Photos by Beth Zeigler

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