Name: Samantha Schulz and Christa Schulz
Location: West Hollywood; Los Angeles, California
Size: 2 bedroom, 1 bath
Years lived in: 1 year, Rented
The minute I walked into Sam and Christa’s gorgeous Spanish Deco-style apartment, I felt as though I were visiting a couple old friends. First of all, it is clear they are old friends themselves, a rare and inspiring quality to find in a mother-daughter pair. Second of all, they exude a kind of familiar energy that is reminiscent of the delights they have filled their home with — bright, fun and inviting, with a rich history to boot.
Before moving to the bustling center of West Hollywood, the California natives were nice and comfy in Costa Rica. Both Christa (mother) and Sam (daughter) expressed the importance of living in an inspiring environment, a sentiment that is hard to shake after residing in a stunning tropical paradise for nearly a decade. Finding a space with beautiful bones made the styling of their open and airy living quarters a breeze. Their Spanish Deco complex was built by Bing Crosby and boasts original fixtures, adorable arched doorways and tons of deco-inspired details that nearly match the Schultz’s colorful possessions in character.
Read on to hear what Sam has to say about their impeccable style.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: My personal style is a bit more punk and rockabilly than my mom’s but our home is filled with so many things from around the world that inevitably it has a very bohemian atmosphere. We have treasures from every continent and seemingly every era care of my grandparents’ travels so it becomes a very eclectic place.
Inspiration: My inspiration is open-air Spanish style homes. Luckily, the bones of the apartment are beautiful and very Spanish style and deco at the same time that it leaves a lot of room for creative expression. We like our home to feel warm and inviting but still very light and airy. I am also inspired by Moroccan communal spaces with rich textiles and lots of pillows. I am drawn to homes that look lived in, as if there could be a party there at any moment.
Favorite Element: The living room and the bathroom are my favorite elements. The bathroom has a huge bathtub which I practically spend most of my home time in. It has gorgeous mint green tile and beautiful fixtures. But the living room is where we spend time with guests and for that it holds a dear place in my heart. We have so many chairs, pillows, dog toys, books, records and flowers that it epitomizes who we are and what we love to do. Last night we had a dinner party around that tiny table but it didn’t matter because we all had a great time talking about all the weird stuff in the house and fun memories.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge in our home if finding space for all of our eccentric stuff. I have an embarrassingly large book collection and so i have stacked them under my bed to make room for them. We have also put them to work as side tables. We also have three bikes in the house which take up a lot of room.
What Friends Say: The highest compliment we receive about our apartment is that it feels like a home of creative people.
Biggest Embarrassment: My mom has this ceramic poodle that was her mother’s. It is quite ugly but in such an endearing way that we could never get rid of it. It also epitomizes my grandmothers to such a T that it is always a beautiful reminder of her. For me, my most embarrassing item is a vintage dress that I have never fit into, but is so beautiful I just treat it as art.
Proudest DIY: We reupholstered the vintage chair in the living room when I was 15 as a fun mother daughter project. We chose white micro suede because it would be so easy to clean and what is more beautiful than a crisp white chair with a dark wood frame? Also, we make lampshades, every one in the house we made. I know there are plenty of others, I just can’t think right now.
Biggest Indulgence: We lived in Costa Rica for almost a decade so simply shipping our favorite things back to the United States was quite an indulgence. But family heirlooms are priceless so we had to do it. Besides that I would say our clothes are the biggest indulgence. We are both prone to buying too many dresses.
Best Advice: Fill your home with things that inspire you. Every space should feel inspiring and nostalgic.
Dream Sources: Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware, Patt McGann, West Elm
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- came with apartment
- vintage table
- vintage chair with ottoman
- Restoration Hardware metal chair
- West Elm couch
- West Elm coffee table
- Home Goods accent chair
- Ikea dining table used as desk
- overstock.com faux Eames chair
- pillows from Patt McGann, Wold Market, and Home Goods
- vintage cowhide rug
- home goods yellow side table
- west elm stacking side tables
- west elm wood post side table
- vintage boat
- vintage desk lamp
- world market lamps
- vintage mini armoir in fireplace
- vintage media armoir refinished my mom and I
- all knick knacks from family travels
- Ikea pedestal table
- Ikea black wicker chairs
- vintage bench reupholstered with maritime fabric
- Patt McGann pillows
- Ikea Clock
- Vintage Eagle from childhood home
- Kitchen Aid mixer
- Kitchen racks from Ikea
BEDROOM (Christa's room)
- Home Goods accent chair
- my photograph, shot, developed, printed, framed by me
- World Market bench
- vintage dresser
- hand upholstered vintage ottoman
- vintage side tables
- World Market lamps
BEDROOM (Sam's room)
- Ikea desk
- overstock.com faux eames chair
- anthropolgie lamp
- vintage side table
- ikea bedframe
- Patt McGann rug
- delta michaelangelo bike rack
- dresser from home goods
- original fixtures
Thanks, Sam & Christa!
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Re-edited from a tour originally published in 2015 -- AB