A 400-Square-Foot LA Studio Apartment’s Style Has Gone From Jungle Chic to Versailles Inspired

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Name: Taylor Hook
Location: Los Angeles, California
Type of home: Studio apartment
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Apartment Therapy featured Taylor’s LA studio apartment in a house call last year! See how she’s transformed her small space over the long quarantine with her recent submission below:

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I love my small apartment, and it functions exactly as I need it to without having too much clutter. I live close to a plant nursery, and what started with one plant purchase turned this place into a jungle! Being confined here for almost a year now in quarantine changed my aesthetic from “jungalow chic” to “Versailles.” Many people show their creative expression through fashion or hair, but I’m definitely a person who expresses myself through experimenting with my space!

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I'm allergic to most pets, so Baby Yoda is essentially my puppy. A low-maintence and GENIUS idea if you ask me!

I love antique charm, beautiful ornate details, gold accents, nature, and art! I’m heavily inspired by the Aesop and Le Labo storefronts, dusty old art museums, and the herbology lab in Harry Potter. I’m an actress, so I have a habit of romanticizing my life and pretending to live in my own little movie. I use a (bluetooth) typewriter as my keyboard and everything!

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I mostly use my desk in "standing" position, since I work from home. But I do have a desk chair that I roll up when I get tired. (I don't use the heater at all, so it's okay that there's a plant on it!)

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: A vibrant neo-classical apothecary.

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My view! The photo won't do it justice.

What is your favorite room and why? Because it’s a studio apartment, the main space — especially the desk/work area! I get amazing light and a gorgeous view of downtown. Because my work, classes, and even my auditions are all online now, I spend many hours at my desk. I get to flex my space over Zoom daily.

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The trestles underneath my desk are where I keep a ton of my art supplies and some photography equipment.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I found the little antique vase in front of my castle mirror at Goodwill for $1! SUCH a steal!

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My minor is in art history. My studio definitely reflects this.

Any advice for creating a home you love? I’ve said this before and will say it again, do whatever you please with your own space! Take advice from NO ONE unless they pay your rent! The more you do what others tell you, the less unique your surroundings become. I love seeing homes with their own quirky, original charm!

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