Name: Sai Sankoh, Nurse and editor of Because I Am Fabulous blog
Location: Herndon, Virginia
Size: 1000 sq ft
Years lived in: 1 month, Renting
Old Hollywood glamor finds its way to the suburbs of Virginia in Sai Sankoh's glitzy apartment. Tufted velvet sofas and chairs mingle with faux animals skin rugs, leather and zebra prints. Sai proves that sometimes a little decadence can be a good thing. Especially when done on a budget. "I like to invest in quality furniture, but I love to get a great price. I'm all about negotiating a great price for something if I know it's worth it."
As the editor of a popular fashion site, Sai has an affinity for all things chic. Her home offers an eclectic mix of Hollywood glam and vintage flavor. And every room presents a shiny object: the mirrored cabinet in the dining room, the crystal chandelier and metallic balls on the table, the sparkling candles and candle stick holders. And the shoes. We can't forget the shoes.
To accommodate her ever-expanding wardrobe, Sai converted an extra bedroom into a covetable walk-in closet. The shelving in the closet was custom made with the help of family and friends, and is filled with stunning, multi-colored print dresses from an array of designers and pair after pair of shoes, displayed like rare jewels. Sitting at the top is the most prized pair: the black and gold heels by Alexander McQueen. But despite the potential an extra room would have in storing most of her wardrobe, the big draw to the apartment for Sai was actually the bathroom. The bronze wallpaper and stone countertop are both warm and elegant, and the sink bowl is a rich chocolate color that adds depth. Copper and gold accent the space, and a mirror bordered with elephants adds a whimsical touch.
Sai was able to achieve the glamorous looks she's always wanted by mixing antiques from the Golden Era of Hollywood with accents found at more contemporary stores to help round out the look. Her affinity for pops of red and love for dance come through in the vintage posters of Spanish dancers displayed throughout her living room. And the lucite dining chairs give the room an instant throwback feel. And Sai, of course, has her best accessory: her dear friend and fellow fashion maven Jean-Claude, helping to fluff pillows and secure any loose ends along the way.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
MY Style/Inspiration: Old Hollywood Glamor. Nannette Lepore's home is a mixture of glamor and femininity. Kelly Wearstler is a genius, and I wish I could have all her pieces in my home!!
Favorite Element: My couch and matching chair! I got them from this wonderful lady who used them only on special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas, so they are simply flawless. She just got married and she and her husband are getting rid of their individual furniture to buy pieces together, which is so amazing. The pieces meant so much to her that the next day, she called to find out if the couch and chair were doing well in their new home.
Biggest Challenge: I had a lot of pieces in my other place, and I just relocated and had to eliminate some of my favorite pieces, which was tough.
What Friends Say: Chic… Different…
Biggest Embarrassment: My walk-in bedroom closet is still piled with clothes that I have not sorted out yet, and no one is allowed in there!
Proudest DIY: My dining room chandelier. It's an antique from a restaurant in Texas and it's so old and I am still on the hunt for pieces for it. It blew up the first time it was installed — I had to get new wires in it and they would not fit through the hardware, so I had to use a needle and a thread and vaseline to pull them through. It was hilarious!! I love it so much and it has taken so much of my time, but I am still working on it!
Biggest Indulgence: My closet. Being a fashion blogger I am addicted to clothes, and it's just my little solace.
Best Advice: Be comfortable. I try to make sure every part of my house reflects my style and it is a comfortable place to do my work.
Dream Sources: I just joined the Gilt Groupe and I love the pieces. Also One Kings Lane is going to be my new fave place!
Resources of Note:
• Florence, Italy table: Via Craigslist
• Rug: Costco
• Couch and Armchair: Craigslist purchase from a woman who bought it from an estate sale
• End table: Home Goods
• Lady Sculpture: Store in Baltimore
• Vase above mantel: Pier 1
• Ballerina: Home Goods
• Bird cage: West Virginia
• Dancer Painting: Home Goods
• Vase: Room Store
• Red Stool: Home Goods
• Consul Table: Tuesday Morning
• Bellas' painting: Overstock
• Chairs: Antique from Craigslist ad
• Table: Bloomingdales; 20 years old.
• Curtains: JC Penney
• Chandelier: Antique
• Mirrored Stand: Tuesday Morning
• Painting: Antique store
• Wine rack: Craigslist
• Shelving: custom made; built by family
• Ottoman: Furniture store years ago
• Armor Shirt: Gifted from friend
• Leopard Settee: Friend's store, Adam's Furniture
• Headboard and bed frame: Friend's store, Adam's Furniture
• Candles and candlesticks: Ikea
• Paris themed towels and shower curtain: Bed Bath & Beyond
• Blue bathroom sink: Kohler
• All bathroom touches (mirror, wallpaper, counter top, etc) came as-is
(Images: Nicole Crowder)
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