Name: Katie Zamprioli, her husband Mirage, 3.5 year old son Sebastian and a 12 year old Brussels Griffon named Mecca
Location: Sunland-Tujunga — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1222 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, owned
"We didn't think we would ever be able to afford a house in Los Angeles, let alone the starter home of our dreams. It turns out, you just have to branch out to a sub-city you've never heard of to find affordable housing in LA!" writes Katie, of this 1954, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Sunland-Tujunga. "We love the mountains and the desert feel — the vibe is very similar to Joshua Tree!"
"I love earth tones, geometric shapes, clean lines and Southwestern decor. This eclectic union is apparent throughout our home. I'm also a plant lover and have 65 indoor plants, the largest being a giant white bird of paradise in the living room."
What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is definitely the open living room/dining room. I absolutely love the gorgeous vaulted ceiling, the large open front window and the stained glass Clerestory windows (which were created by the talented Debbie Bean). It's the place where our family gathers to eat, laugh, talk, watch movies and my son loves to play. It also houses some of my favorite plants (which are very happy in the large north-facing window) and some of my greatest thrifted finds of all time, including a MCM credenza, a MCM marble top coffee table and my kachina doll collection.
If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? While I love almost everything about our home, there are two things I would change. The guest bath has a very dated tub with terrible speckled tile and a rippled glass door. I would replace the tub and re-tile the bath and would like to paint as well.
We would also love to fully build out and completely soundproof our music studio, adding in a vocal booth. My husband and I are both singer/songwriters and used to be in a band together, now we work together on making music for TV and film. He's an audio engineer and producer and I'm the general manager of a hip Italian restaurant in Downtown LA that I've worked at for going on 10.5 years now.
Any advice for creating a home you love? The best advice that I can give is to only buy pieces that you absolutely love. If you aren't sure about it and it doesn't make your heart sing? Don't buy it. If you love it, you will find a way to put things together that's cohesive and unique. Don't follow trends to the point that you don't have your own voice. I've always been drawn to Southwestern and Native American decor and vintage pieces and I find items that speak to me and ways to pair them with modern pieces that make sense. I love pairing old and new. When in doubt? Put a plant on it.
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