A DIY-Filled ’90s-Era Condo Embraces Pastel, Miami, and Art Deco Revival Vibes

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Living room with green stripe supergraphic on wall, gray sectional, pink velvet chairs, and zebra print ottoman
Credit: Rosemary McClure
The super high ceilings in my living room bring in so much natural light.

Name: Rosemary McClure
Location: North Hollywood — Los Angeles, California
Type of home: Condo
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Credit: Rosemary McClure
My dining table top is from IKEA and the legs were custom fabricated by Etsy seller 3over8. The chairs were a Facebook Marketplace score ($25!) and the bench is from TOV. The pendant light is vintage!

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I was born and raised in Seattle but moved to LA for law school six years ago. I now work as a public defender. When looking to buy a home, my top priorities were natural light and space to entertain guests.

Credit: Rosemary McClure
These candle holders and vase were housewarming gifts. The ceramic box contains fancy salt. I painted it at a paint-your-own pottery place.

This condo is on the top floor in a corner, so it feels private like a house. The loft layout and high ceilings are really unique as well. In the past, I gravitated toward a vintage, mid-century modern aesthetic, but that didn’t feel like the right match for the ultra-’90s architecture of this space, so instead I’ve been leaning into the pastel/Miami/Art Deco revival trends.

Credit: Rosemary McClure
This was my home office until my office went back to in-person full-time. My grandmother taught me how to sew and gifted me a sewing machine for Christmas. I made several of my living room couch pillows myself! I bought the parrot in Mexico many years ago. My dad got the rug in Morocco.

I’m deliberate about what I display in my home. Most of the art I have up explores feminism, antiracism, queer liberation, or is highly personal, such as a portrait of my mom drawn by my grandma when my mom was a teenager. (Prints are by Kristen Liu-Wong, Maria Qamar, Grace Neutral, Berlin Michelle, Jasper Behrends.) That’s important to me! I also like to make stuff. I paint, sew, and will take a stab at DIYing just about anything. So a lot of things in my home are one-of-a-kind by virtue of being DIYed.

Credit: Rosemary McClure
I spent some of my COVID down time painting murals all over my house. The second floor loft contains my office and a bathroom. The credenza was custom built by the team at a local business called Kreative Furniture.

What is your favorite room and why? My living room for sure. The windows and high ceilings feel spacious and my plants love the natural light. I’m also a huge DIYer, and my most proud DIY is there: my fireplace surround. My first tile project! It was so hard, but I’m very proud of how it turned out. I also treated myself to a comically large TV during a Black Friday sale last year. No regrets.

Credit: Rosemary McClure
Although the other rooms are super bright, I wanted some contrast in the bedroom so I painted it a dark gray (Farrow & Ball Downpipe). The bed is discontinued IKEA found on OfferUp.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Sunny pastel loft

Credit: Rosemary McClure
My cozy balcony overlooks the pool. The white table doubles as storage for my chair covers and a citronella candle.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The chairs on my balcony from The Novogratz.

Credit: Rosemary McClure
The guest bathroom has no windows so I leaned into the darkness. A powder room doesn’t need to be that bright.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Mass produced art looks generic. Avoid buying that stuff at chain stores like IKEA or Crate & Barrel. These days, lots of independent artists have online shops where you can buy pieces directly from them. That’s the way to go.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.