Jessica Isaac's Recent Articles
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Before and After: This Tiny Bland Entryway Gets a Functional Facelift
When Lindi of Love Create Celebrate set out to redo her entryway, she knew she wanted an accent wall. After deciding against wallpaper and painted geometric shapes, she ultimately landed on wood as her medium (one-inch MDF strips, to be exact). With a few power tools and a helpful hubby, she materialized her vision in just one afternoon and the results are impressive. Lindi sketched out several different designs before this one stuck.
Aug 12, 2018
Before and After: This $60 Lane Cedar Chest Makeover Is Remarkable
When Nicole Goodreau and her fiancé spotted this mid-century Lane cedar chest at their local Goodwill for $30, they knew they had to have it. While the existing army green color and retro knobs didn’t fit their home’s modern aesthetic, they were confident that, with a little elbow grease, they could transform it into the perfect storage piece for their petite city apartment.
Aug 11, 2018
An Easy 5-Minute Upgrade for Lazy Home Improvers (and Renters)
Good design is in the details—no matter how small. Today we’re here to shine the light (pun intended) on those white plastic light switch plates that are so commonplace, they’re often overlooked as permanent fixtures. No matter what your style, we promise there’s a wall plate that complements your home design better than the existing smudge-prone standard. All you need is a screwdriver and a few bucks, so start swapping.
Aug 10, 2018
9 IKEA Hacks That Make Hot, Humid Summers So Much Better
Unless you live on another planet (in which case, we’re so glad you stumbled upon us!), chances are good that you’ve experienced the 2018 heatwave firsthand. If the high temps and humidity are driving you indoors, these easy summer-worthy IKEA hacks will leave you feeling more refreshed than watching 17 straight episodes of Breaking Bad.
Jul 21, 2018
9 One-Hour Ways To Boost Your Living Room This Weekend
Weekends are precious. Use them wisely.
Jul 12, 2018
A West Hollywood Home Is a Whimsical Explosion of Color
Name: Troy Solomon and Ian Mofford Location: West Hollywood, California Size: 800 square feet Years Lived In: 3 years for Troy, 2 years for Ian, renting I first learned of Troy Solomon (aka ABearNamedTroy) from his Instagram, where his brazen feed strikes a colorful balance between fierce and playful, a strong aesthetic that is reflected in the apartment he shares with fiance Ian Mofford.
Jul 9, 2018
These Colorful Bedrooms Will Make You Rethink Your White Walls
When discussing the topic of how colors affect emotions, Berkeley professor Steve Palmer stated: “There could be some plausible reasons as to why some colors might stimulate creativity or promote sleep or calmness.” Our bedrooms are the windows to our dreams (I made that up, you can quote me), so why not fill them with the colors that stimulate the moods we want to feel before our heads hit the pillow? Here are seven brilliant bedrooms that display an inspiring color story.
Jun 21, 2018
The Fleet House Is the Only Home Built in an Aircraft Factory in the Entire World
Name: Chuck Jones Location: South Pasadena, California Size: 900 square feet Years Lived In: 3 years, renting Covered in stucco and overgrown vegetation, this pre-fab piece of history sat unknown to locals and lost to time until purchased in 2006 by Sergio Santino. Since uncovering this mid-century marvel—built by renowned industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss and architect Edward Larrabee Barnes—Sergio’s childhood friend Chuck Jones has resided here.
Jun 21, 2018
How Dinosaurs are Responsible for Bobby Berk’s Success on Queer Eye
If you watched Season One of Netflix’s Queer Eye, chances are you benefitted from the Fab Five’s heartwarming antics as much as the men being made over— or, “heroes”—as home design expert Bobby Berk lovingly referred to them as during our recent chat. In season one, Berk and his castmates delivered viscerally-satisfying transformations that tugged at our heartstrings and basically gave us all a restored hope in humankind.
Jun 14, 2018
10 Ways to Make a New Home Look Old
Try implementing some of these tips to give your modern dry-walled digs an extra helping of soul.
Jun 13, 2018
Drinking (and Decorating) with Chickens in a Quirky LA Farmhouse
Name: Kate Richards, her husband, and 13 feathered or furry animals Location: Los Angeles, California Size: 1,500 square feet Years Lived In: 10 years, owned Sure, Kate Richards of Drinking with Chickens may like to occasionally imbibe with poultry, but behind the scenes this self-taught cocktail blogger, color-embracing artist, self-proclaimed professional drinker, and insanely hilarious Instagrammer works hard to maintain her charming life.
Jun 5, 2018
The Pros and Cons of Exposed Bulbs
We got the skinny on the polarizing trend.
May 29, 2018
How to Bring This Fashion Trend Into Your House
It’s that time again—time for polka dots to make their decennial resurgence from the depths of forgotten fashion. Jumping onto the 2018 runways like a super chic case of Chickenpox, this simple geometric pattern was deemed ready-to-wear by the likes of Valentino, Dice Kayek and just about everyone in between.
May 19, 2018
7 Design Tricks You Can Do With Mirrors
If you're not completely happy with your home's current look, try implementing these brilliant mirror tricks and you'll be in for a real treat.
May 18, 2018
Steal These Rental Decorating Hacks From a ’70s-Inspired Bachelorette Bungalow in California
Name: Kit Warchol Location: Eagle Rock — Los Angeles, California Size: 600 square feet Years lived in: Rent control baby! It’s no surprise Kit Warchol is a writer/Head of Content for the female-focused website Career Contessa. Citing Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem as an inspiring force behind her home’s overall aesthetic, her sophisticated ’70s-style bohemian home is lined with books and peppered with meaningful mementos.
May 7, 2018
Pom Pom at Home Founder Hilde Leiaghat’s Historic LA Home
Name: Hilde Leiaghat Location: Los Feliz — Los Angeles, California Size: 2000 square feet Years Lived In: 23 years, owned Linen designer Hilde Leiaghat’s effortlessly romantic home is full of artifacts and antiques reminiscent of her time spent scouring the local Belgian flea markets as a young girl.
Apr 23, 2018
10 Ideas for How to Decorate With Red
Go big or go home.
Apr 17, 2018
Here’s How We Think the Designers on Trading Spaces Have Evolved
If you’ve watched any of the old episodes of Trading Spaces lately, you know that every room has one thing in common: it’s painfully dated. With very little information out there about what our favorite home DIYers have been designing these days, we looked to old episodes for clues as to what’s in store for the new season. Here are our predictions for what we have to look forward to (or be scared of) from Hildi, Doug, Genevieve, Vern, Frank and Laurie.
Apr 12, 2018
The Best & Worst Rooms from the Original Trading Spaces
The good, the bad and the (very) ugly.
Apr 11, 2018
I Rewatched the Original Trading Spaces and Here’s What I Learned
“Trading Spaces” and I go way back…like Alex McLeod back (the season 1 host prior to Paige Davis joining the show). I was but a mere high schooler with a penchant for basic cable when I first laid eyes on Ty Pennington’s puka shells and Hildi’s offensive wall treatments. The OG interior decorating reality show, Trading Spaces definitely spawned my foray into the world of interiors, but after re-watching the original series (the TLC reboot airs April 7th!
Apr 3, 2018
Writer Melissa Sonico Strives for Minimalism in a Soothing, Small California Home
Name: Melissa Sonico, husband Johnny, and son Harrison Location: Redlands, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years Lived In: 2.5 years, renting Writer and jewelry designer Melissa Sonico and her husband Johnny moved in to their two-bedroom home just before their son Harrison (now two years old) was born.
Mar 26, 2018
Master of None’s Noël Wells’ Vibrant and Personal LA Rental
Roommates Noël and Giselle have created a home that celebrates creativity.
Mar 19, 2018
Cupcakes and Cashmere Founder Emily Schuman’s LA Home Is Sunny, Stylish, Inspiring
Name: Emily Schuman, husband Geoffrey and daughter Sloan Location: Hancock Park — Los Angeles, California Size: 2,000 square feet Years Lived In: 4 years, owned Cupcakes and Cashmere founder Emily Schuman’s Los Angeles home is the perfect representation of her brand’s signature California cool aesthetic.
Mar 12, 2018
If Disney Princesses Lived in Tiny Houses
We love a good castle as much as the next person. But what we love even more is a really good tiny home. So much so that we started to wonder what would happen if we took the grandest castle dwellers of them all—six of Disney’s princesses—and reimagined their lives in modern day smaller spaces. It’s proof that living light can bring about a whole new world of possibilities for adventure in the great wide somewhere. (So, so, so many more puns to come.
Feb 22, 2018
9 Cheap But Chic Ideas to Refresh Your Tired Kitchen
The kitchen is a hyper-functional space, which is, perhaps, why it’s so easy to neglect its design appeal. We think your kitchen should nourish your body and your soul, so here are nine (renter-friendly) options to make your kitchen as good-looking as your home cooking (sorry, I had to). While art may not be as multipurpose as your 5-in-1 KitchenAid stand mixer, the one purpose it does serve is arguable more valuable than grinding meat or kneading dough.
Jan 8, 2018
An Architect’s Modern Mid-Century Mashup
Name: Melissa Hon Tsai and Gary Tsai Location: South Pasadena, California Size: 3,101 square feet Years Lived In: 1 year, owned Melissa Hon Tsai is an interior designer and architect who favors a modern, minimal aesthetic. But when she designed and built her family’s three-bedroom home from the ground up, she had to marry her own modern taste with her neighborhood’s mid-century modern appeal.
Jan 4, 2018
5 Hybrid Decorating Styles to Consider This Year (That You Might Not Know Even Exist)
...that you might not know even exist
Jan 3, 2018
A Vibrant, Beachy California Family Home
Name: Denise and Andy Palma (+ kids Layla, Hailey, Lily and Mia) Location: Huntington Beach, California Size: 1,289 square feet Years Lived In: 3.5 years, owned Entrepreneur and design guru Denise Palma’s happy Huntington Beach home is everything sunny California dreams are made of. Denise, who shares her home with her husband Andy and four girls Layla, Hailey, Lily, and Mia, first launched her beloved boho home goods site Eclectic Goods last summer to the internet’s delight.
Jan 2, 2018
8 Shows to Watch Before the New Year to Renew Your Home Mojo
Is your Netflix queue in a slump that rivals that of your decor creativity? If you love killing two birds with one stone, here are seven streaming TV shows with gorgeous interiors that will fill up your binge list with inspiring decor content so you can get to “researching”. From mid-century modern to contemporary beach house, these TV sets span the style spectrum and give you plenty of material to draw from the next time you get the itch to redecorate.
Dec 26, 2017
The Half Wreath is the Only Way We’re Doing Wreaths This Year
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what gives the half wreath its undeniable je ne sais quoi. Perhaps it’s its deconstructed, minimal aesthetic; or maybe it’s just a blatant disregard for convention that we find so attractive. Whatever it is, one thing’s for certain…this elevated look is affordable, accessible, and totally DIYable for all. Half wreaths are versatile in that they can be left simple, or embellished with as many blooms and baubles as your heart desires.
Dec 10, 2017
6 Places to Hang a Wreath That Isn’t the Front Door
A classic circular wreath is pretty much the physical manifestation of infinite holiday joy, so why limit it to your front door? The possibilities for indoor wreaths are as infinite as their iconic shape, so today we’ve rounded up 6 of our favorite wreath locations that don’t require front door real estate. No mantel? No problem. Hang a wreath (or two, or three) on a blank wall for a celebratory look.
Dec 9, 2017
A Kitschy, Boho Mashup in California
Name: Courtney Gallagher and family Location: Riverside, California Size: 1252 square feet Years Lived In: 3 years, owned What started as a mild mid-century modern obsession has turned into a full-blown side hustle for mother and resident MCM expert Courtney Gallagher, She uses her successful Etsy furniture store, Not Another Mod Snob, as an excuse to rotate new vintage pieces in and out of her family’s 1951 ranch-style home in Riverside, California.
Nov 29, 2017
A Ceramicist’s “Southwest Modern” LA Remodel
Name: Lake Sharp, husband Alex, and two-year-old Nevada Location: Highland Park — Los Angeles, California Size: 1,406 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, owned Lake Sharp is a skilled maker whose hand-thrown pottery, micro-batch textile goods, and exterior and interior design services comprise her business Array. In addition to being a kick-ass artist, she recently co-founded the “friendly, radically inclusive neighborhood gym and wellness center” EVERYBODY.
Oct 23, 2017
We Can’t Look Away: 7 Homes That Halloween So Hard
Some people love Halloween and some people ARE Halloween. If you’re not really sure what that means (okay, I’m not either), check out these seven decked out Halloween home interiors whose devilish decorators are Halloweening like it’s an Olympic sport. Nestled in the cozy Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania lies the actual castle that inspired the story of Dracula.
Oct 23, 2017
One Room, Many Windows? Pro Tips for Choosing Window Treatments
While having “too many” windows may sound like a good problem to have (hello, vitamin D), treating multiple windows in one space is often a task best left to the professionals. With so many variables involved, it’s hard to know what treatments will look good together until the installation is complete (aka once it’s too late).
Oct 21, 2017
Decor Double Take: A High & Low Cost Version of a Super Trendy Mirror
Some trends come and go, while others come, stay, and leaving us saying, “wait, why wasn’t this always a thing?”. With a simplicity and softness that feels timeless in its appeal, we think trendy round mirrors are here to stay. If you’ve been on the fence about “rounding out” your mirror collection, here are two nearly identical round brass-framed mirrors in two not-so-identical price points ($50 vs.
Oct 17, 2017
A Monochrome & Minimalist Masterpiece in Culver City
Name: Julie and Matt Stephenson Location: Culver City, California Size: 2900 square feet Years Lived In: 6 months, owned It’s no secret that sticking to a minimal color palette can help create a sense of order and cohesiveness in design. Inspired by the stark and minimal styles found in Brutalist architecture and Icelandic design, homeowners Matt and Julie fully committed to a strict black-and-white color scheme and it definitely paid off.
Oct 12, 2017
6 Signs That It Might be Time to Redecorate
There’s no place like home, which is why changing up your home’s decor isn’t just about keeping up with the latest trends—it’s about experiencing the therapeutic benefits that come with breathing new life into a space that houses some very important inhabitants. Whether your bold-patterned rug has lost it’s luster, or one-stop-shop furniture is sucking your soul, identifying your own decor don’ts is never as easy as pointing out others’.
Oct 8, 2017
The Stylish Shoe Storage Solutions You Need For a (Finally!) Tidy Entryway
Tackle your own Mount Shoeverest and try implementing an entry way storage solution that fits your needs.
Oct 7, 2017
Design (& Life!) Lessons from a Forever Renter
My name is Jessica and I’m a serial renter. I first dipped my toe in the proverbial musky beige carpet in 2007, signing the lease on an affordable two-bedroom unit in Riverside, California.
Sep 20, 2017
Make it Work: 8 Beautiful Bedrooms that Include Home Offices
If you’ve had it when it comes to dreary home office spaces, listen up. Those who are short on space or privacy (i.e. roommates) needn’t look further than the room you sleep in for home workspace, and while writing emails may not be high on your list of favorite bedroom activities, these nine bedroom office nooks are so good they’ll have you reducing your commute time in big way.
Sep 12, 2017
5 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Taking the Wallpaper Plunge
Wallpaper is a big commitment. On a scale from Tinder to eHarmony, it’s more along the lines of arranged marriage. However, while repainting your walls over and over can be great fun, sometimes a dozen Benjamin Moores just can’t compare to a one-of-a-kind striking print that will always stay true to itself and never leave you because it’s literally plastered to your wall with a heavy-duty adhesive.
Sep 7, 2017
A Totally Transformed Former Auto Garage Turned Hip Home
Name: Darien Zannis and Matt Johnson, and Rescue’s (Mick) Jagger, Wile E. (Coyote), and Stevie (Nicks). Location: Culver City, California Size: 3,000 square feet Years Lived In: 2 years, renting While parking is a luxury for most Californians, Culver City residents Darien and Matt have no trouble finding a spot very, very close to home. Yes, the couple (and their three adorable rescue pups) cohabitate with their cars…many cars.
Sep 7, 2017
9 Real Bathrooms That Expertly Tackle a Lack of Storage
Not all bathrooms are created equal, and that’s fine by us. Some may see a small bathroom as a storage nightmare, but we see it as a challenge. Here are nine genius DIY bathrooms that prove no storage situation, or lack there of, can’t be tackled. Here, Rebecca Williams shows us how her boho maximalist home in Western Australia maximizes storage. Rebecca uses unoccupied wall space to store her toiletries on hanging shelves and a hanging planter repurposed as a storage basket (genius!
Sep 5, 2017
A California Cool Home with Parisian Charm
This expert update is great inspiration for anyone looking to refresh their own home without doing a complete overhaul.
Aug 30, 2017
An Interior Designer’s “Euro Eclectic” San Diego Home
Name: Carol and Lee Estes Location: Rancho Bernardo — San Diego, California Size: 1900 Square Feet Years Lived In: 20 years, owned Carol Estes is an interior designer who recently built a substantial Instagram following simply by sharing photos of her own home’s eclectic interior.
Aug 26, 2017
Take Notes: 10 Real Life Examples of Great Bed Styling
Do the impeccably-styled beds in home decor showrooms and magazines make you want to give up on ever making your own bed again, conceding that no real person could ever achieve such perfection on a regular basis? Not only am I asking for a friend, but I have pertinent eye candy, direct from our very own house tours, that prove otherwise. Here are 10 times that real life home owners made their actual beds like bosses.
Aug 26, 2017
How To Store (& Show Off!) Blankets & Throws in Style
The saying, “there’s nothing new under the sun” got a lot more real with the invention of the internet. If you think you’re doing something original, there’s a good chance Google will prove you wrong every time. That’s why unique ideas, like this log-holder-turned-blanket-storage from Chrissy Phelan’s West Hollywood home (and salon!) are all the more impressive.
Aug 24, 2017