This Art Deco Rental Apartment in Los Angeles Is Full of Vintage Detail
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Kate Lambert has been renting this Los Angeles one-bedroom apartment for nine years, and shares it with her dog, George Banks: I am an actor, writer, and producer. I love older homes so when I found this 1930s courtyard building with high ceilings and Art Deco moldings, I was sold. I love the vintage details of my apartment, so I never wanted to work against them, but instead embrace them. In my bathroom, the tile is a yellow and black, so I had window treatments made with a yellow fabric that had leopards on them to connect with the tile.
I have a 6-year-old Havanese named George Banks (after the dad from “Mary Poppins” and “Father of the Bride”) and he is my little shadow and follows me everywhere I go.
Your surroundings affect your mood so I really focused on selecting paints and patterns that energized me (for my living spaces) and calmed me (for my bedroom). I wanted my home to reflect me — welcoming, happy, and be a place where people feel comfortable. I love blues, pinks, and greens and they are throughout my apartment. I shop for accessories everywhere from flea markets to antique markets to stores like West Elm or Anthropologie. I think if someone were to see your space without meeting you, they should have a really good idea of what you are like as a person. I have a lot of personal art framed from the illustrated first birthday card my grandfather made me to a shadowbox with a hair accessory my grandmother wore in dance recitals as a little girl.
Describe your home’s style in five words or fewer: Timeless, whimsical, eclectic, retro.
What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is my bedroom. Every time I see it, it instantly calms me. Two of my favorite colors are navy blue and periwinkle, so I really wanted to have those in the room because I find them very soothing. I found a great duvet that incorporated both colors. The real statement in the room is the Serena & Lily wallpaper that I have on an accent wall behind my upholstered bed to create contrast. The two prints next to my bed I bought at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and are by a female graphic designer from the 1930s and they have such a great look that I felt really complemented the space.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I found online was an antique French calendar. It has a great Art Deco style and little levers to adjust the date. I loved it so much and showed it my mom. A few days later, I went to buy it and it was gone. I was so bummed. Then it showed up on my birthday.
Any advice for creating a home you love? I think it’s always great to think about what you want out of the room — is it an office to inspire creativity or a serene bedroom or a living room to welcome guests? Then I like to start with a piece — be it art, fabric, or a paint color that brings you joy. You can’t go wrong when you are building the room around something you really love.
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