Jessica Isaac's Recent Articles
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Katy & Todd’s Musical Mash-Up
Name: Katy Goodman and Todd Wisenbaker Location: Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; rented So having 15 guitars may not sound minimal, but I’m convinced indie rockers Katy Goodman and Todd Wisenbaker of the band La Sera are nailing efficient living.
May 3, 2016
A Creative (And Musical!) Couple’s Real-Life Style
It was Gary and Chelsey’s personal style that first enticed us to peek inside their mod Astoria apartment. While they each have a strong individual aesthetic, their mutual love for classic vintage attire means they complement each other perfectly. With closets full of pieces ranging from classic motorcycle jackets and wool capes to Star Wars sweatshirts and Swedish Hasbeens, the couple seem to have honed their own cohesive brand of style.
Feb 25, 2016
Real Life Tips for Keeping Cool (and On Budget) During Your Home Renovation
Small or large, one room or ten, a home renovation is a big undertaking that often involves a few unavoidable hiccups along the way. When I visited Dustin & Maya’s Eclectic Silver Lake Home, I was surprised to learn that they had completely renovated and designed their spacious house in just six short months. I picked up a few tips for you renovating readers when I visited the busy hands-on couple.
Feb 23, 2016
Fashionable People: Kelsea Gaynor’s Real-Life Style
Kelsea Gaynor owns East Olivia Creative in NYC, lives in a fabulous two-story apartment, and has an eye for fashion that is fun, sophisticated and sensible. From her elegant wool skirt suits to her fuzzy pink hats, she knows how to make a fashion statement while keeping warm strolling those chilly city streets. This California native shared with us what inspires her unique style. Unfortunately, she couldn’t figure out a way to share her ridiculously good hair genes.
Feb 19, 2016
Artist John Frame’s Introspective Mountain Cabin
Name: John and Laura Frame Location: Wrightwood, California Size: 2,500 square feet Years lived in: 30 years; Owned I’m a fan of sculpting mastermind John Frame, so touring his home was an honor, which makes it difficult for me to write this feature without giving you an essay-style rundown of his poignant, otherworldly carvings and stop-motion animations.
Feb 19, 2016
Surefire Ways to Make Your Home a Happy (And Functional!) Place
Home. It’s the supposed harbor of our hearts, and yours is probably affecting your overall well-being more than you think. Gary and Chelsey’s home gave us that good, old fashioned “happy home” feeling, and we were determined to figure out why. If you’re feeling stuck in your pursuit of a happy home, we’ve compiled a simple list of practices most of the happiest homes on Apartment Therapy—such as this one—share.
Feb 11, 2016
Kelsea & James’ Romantic Harlem Flat
Name: James and Kelsea Gaynor and their roommate, Bridget Murphy Location: Harlem — New York City, NY Size: 2 bedroom, 2 bath Years lived in: 1 year; Rented It’s hard to believe that newlyweds Kelsea—owner of East Olivia Creative Company—and James only recently moved into their Harlem apartment after relocating from Los Angeles. Their gorgeous fifth floor, two-story flat (complete with a rooftop patio!) feels just lived-in enough to be cozy and inviting.
Feb 3, 2016
Dustin & Maya’s Eclectic Hillside Home in Silver Lake
Name: Dustin Lancaster and Maya Brenner, kids Jack and Sadie, and dog Roxy Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California Size: 2,700 square feet (house) Years lived in: 6 months; Owned Hard-working entrepreneurs Dustin and Maya can now add their beautiful six-month home renovation to the long list of productive ventures they’ve accomplished in the last year.
Feb 2, 2016
Gary & Chelsey’s Musical & Mod Apartment in Queens
Name: Gary and Chelsey Knight and their cats, Scout, Boo, Atticus, and Ella Fitzgerald Location: Astoria, New York Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Musicians Gary and Chelsey Knight’s open and airy Astoria flat boasts two features that many big city apartments lack: natural light and space.
Jan 29, 2016
Fashionable People: Jessica Kiger’s Real-Life Style
We first met Jessica when we toured her family’s whimsical Storybook Tudor in Fullerton, California. Being immersed in the fashion industry thanks to her company, Swish & Swoon, may be the secret to what keeps this entrepreneur, wife, and mother-of-two looking stylishly pulled together on a daily basis, but we wanted to know more about Jessica’s personal fashion inspiration. From Anthropologie to the Olsen twins, this lovely lady dishes on her love of fashion after the jump.
Jan 28, 2016
Say Goodbye to Dated Track Lighting With This Easy & Clever DIY
There’s no denying that lighting is a vitally important aspect of any space, yet it’s often the most overlooked. Once you flip the switch to illuminate your interior, it’s easy to get distracted by all the other things that need tending to, and lighting falls by the wayside. When visiting Lauren and Danny’s Mount Washington home, we were reminded that, whether you rent or own, you can take control of your own lighting situation.
Jan 13, 2016
Jessica & Travis’ Historic Storybook Tudor in Fullerton
Name: Travis and Jessica Kiger and their two children Location: Fullerton, California Size: 2,400 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Owned Jessica and Travis’s charming 2-story home is a historic Southern California landmark—built in 1923—that looks as though its roots are deep-seated in a Grimm fairytale.
Jan 12, 2016
A Professional Organizer’s Fun & Functional Silver Lake Apartment
Name: Fay Wolf Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California Size: 660 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; Rented Apartment Therapy’s resident organizational expert Fay Wolf is living proof that being highly organized doesn’t have to mean being sterile and rigid.
Jan 12, 2016
Lindsey’s Colorful West Hollywood Residence
Name: Lindsey O’Donnell Location: West Hollywood — Los Angeles, California Size: 1,550 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Owned If one thing’s for sure, it’s that interior designer Lindsey O’Donnell is not afraid of color. From Blackberry Wine to Midnight Navy to Black, O’Donnell’s paint choices are pretty fearless. Inspired by the bold interiors of designer Mary McDonald, O’Donnell’s lavish lair is anything but modest.
Jan 6, 2016
Lauren & Danny’s Calm, Comfortable California Cottage
Name: Lauren, Danny and their dogs, Mr. Belvedere and Junebug Location: Mount Washington — Los Angeles, California Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented Salon owners Lauren and Danny’s comfy cottage is like the brick-and-mortar equivalent of a breath of fresh air. High ceilings and interesting, multi-level mid-century architecture allow natural light to flood in from every direction, bouncing off the simple white walls.
Jan 3, 2016
Katie and Andrew’s Tasteful, Vintage East Los Angeles Home
Name: Katie Costick and Andrew Nielson Location: Boyle Heights — Los Angeles, California Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned Our lovely homeowner Katie hails from “across the pond,” and she’s styled her East Los Angeles home with the sophistication and refinement often associated with her English roots.
Dec 8, 2015
5 Challenge-Busting Tips for Making the Most Out of Downtown City Living
No matter where in the world you reside, living in the downtown heart of a city has a set of challenges that are pretty universal. Small spaces, steep prices, and limited parking are a standard trade-off for being a component of your city’s most vital organ. When we visited Downtown Los Angeles resident Cat Li, we grabbed five great tips for making the most of your invigorating downtown life.
Dec 5, 2015
Cat and Alex’s Chic Downtown LA Lair
Name: Cat and Alex Location: Downtown; Los Angeles, California Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Cat Li is in the business of fashion, and she doesn’t leave her keen sense of style at the office. Her open and airy fifth floor loft is situated in the center of the bustling city and feels effortlessly cool. Minimal yet striking decor in a cohesive palette of blacks, whites, and metals makes bold pieces feel sophisticated yet casual.
Dec 1, 2015
Brandon’s Bold and Bright Bachelor Pad
Name: Brandon Kleinman Location: West Hollywood; Los Angeles, CA Years lived in: 4 years; Rented Bachelors may have a reputation for maintaining less-than-desirable living quarters, but as the founder and CMO of online interior design firm Laurel & Wolf, Brandon Kleinman refused to fall victim to such stereotypes.
Jul 23, 2015
A Look Inside: Gibson Showroom in West Hollywood
Crossing the threshold of Gibson’s doors is an experience akin to climbing into a wardrobe that doubles as the porthole to a magical dimension, or discovering the rusty old attic of a turn-of-the-century archaeologist. It’s mysterious, timeless, rugged, stunningly beautiful, and seemingly filled to the brim with untold stories.
Jul 13, 2015
An Art Lover’s Harmonious Home
Location: Los Angeles, CA Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 7 months; Owned Nestled in the winding hills of Hollywood, this mid-century modern post and beam home was recently snatched up by two art-lovers and transformed into a striking minimalist masterpiece. Natural sunlight flooding in through large, unobstructed windows and skylights reflects brilliantly off the white walls, white cement flooring, and blonde wood furniture inside. Needless to say, this place is seriously dreamy.
Jul 7, 2015
The New Hammer and Spear in Downtown LA
If you liked Scott & Kristan’s Inspring Arts District Loft, you’ll love the couple’s newly expanded showroom. Two years after setting down roots for Hammer And Spear in the rapidly developing Arts District in Downtown LA, store owners Scott Jarrell and Kristan Cunningham (of HGTVs Design on a Dime) snagged a new corner spot and filled the space with a whole host of hunted treasures.
Jul 1, 2015
A Neutral & Natural 400-Square-Foot LA Studio
Name: Logan Sommers Location: Los Feliz — Los Angeles, CA Size: 400 square feet With an eye for detail, visual display artist and former New Yorker Logan Sommers has outfitted his cozy studio apartment with panache. He currently resides in Los Feliz, one of the few quaint and walkable communities situated in the heart of the sprawling expanse that is Los Angeles.
Jun 29, 2015
Before & After: Melinda & Mark Update Their Outdoor Space
When Mark and Melinda bought their home in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles in 1999, the backyard was littered with uneven, rocky terrain. The expansive backyard provided a multi-level outdoor area that boasted a killer view of the city, but, naturally, some safety concerns arose as their family began to grow. A few landscaping tricks and fixes added just enough structure to create the perfect backyard jungle, perfect for playing or hosting friends on a warm Summer evening.
May 25, 2015
East Meets West in an Engaging, Art-Filled Hillside Home
Name: Melinda and Mark Fay Location: Eagle Rock; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: 16 years; owned Melinda Fay, owner of Good Eye Gallery in Eagle Rock, has a background in therapy and finds the act of curating spaces deeply beneficial to her well-being. Her ability to refine and curate her family’s extensive collection of art is nothing short of impressive.
Apr 13, 2015
A Creative Mother & Daughter Duo Craft an Eclectic, Bohemian Home
Name: Samantha Schulz and Christa Schulz Location: West Hollywood; Los Angeles, California Size: 2 bedroom, 1 bath Years lived in: 1 year, Rented The minute I walked into Sam and Christa’s gorgeous Spanish Deco-style apartment, I felt as though I were visiting a couple old friends. First of all, it is clear they are old friends themselves, a rare and inspiring quality to find in a mother-daughter pair.
Apr 9, 2015
Carla’s Simple City Living in Downtown Los Angeles
Name: Carla Location: Historic downtown; Los Angeles, California Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented You may think living in the heart of a major metropolitan city would be stressful, but Carla proves adapting to city life can be surprisingly serene. Living in a small, but airy studio in Downtown Los Angeles, she resides four floors above the streets and rides her bike to work, successfully avoiding the “joys” of traffic.
Feb 24, 2015
Vibrant, Vintage “Librarian-Chic” Digs
Name: Ben Lee and Vivian Ritchie Handler Location: Los Feliz; Los Angeles, California Size: 2,100 square feet Years lived in: Almost 2 years; Owned Ben and Viv’s ‘70s-inspired home appears to jut out above the narrow streets in the hills of the Los Feliz with confidence. From the outside, the seemingly modest, stream-lined house offers a unique view of the city, including the Griffith Observatory.
Feb 18, 2015
Casey’s Playful Los Angeles House
Name: Casey Anderson Location: Highland Park; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Owned With a penchant for unconventional activities (read: dodgeball and tap dancing), and an affinity for Spielberg-ian extraterrestrials, it goes without saying that Casey is one rad kindergarten teacher.
Feb 16, 2015
Elizabeth’s Urban Cabin
Name: Lenora Elizabeth Curbo Location: Northeast Los Angeles, California Size: 1,150 square feet; 2 bedroom/2 bath Years lived in: 2 years; Rented It’s hard to imagine a spot as serene as Elizabeth’s rustic bungalow existing mere minutes from Downtown Los Angeles. Her sweet 1920s home is nestled in the hills of El Sereno, an up-and-coming suburb of Los Angeles, and feels like a secret mountain retreat amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
Nov 25, 2014
A Tour of AphroChic’s Stylish Show Home at Helms Bakery
On the weekend of October 12th in Los Angeles, global design gurus Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason remixed the Helms Bakery District’s newest showroom space, transforming its interior into a stunning concept home filled with design inspiration. The exhibit, complete with a living room, library, master bedroom, dining room, and back patio, was furnished entirely with items from the Helm’s Bakery District’s various retailers.
Nov 17, 2014
David’s Sentimental Gentleman’s Loft
Name: David Del Fonzo Location: Downtown; Los Angeles, CA Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 1 month; Rented David’s spacious Downtown LA studio epitomizes the ideal bachelor pad. Sturdy, industrial materials are combined with plush fabrics and personal accents from David’s childhood to create a handsome and inviting space with a healthy dose of personality. In just 1 month, David has turned a stark, cavernous studio into a functional and cozy living space.
Oct 19, 2014
Justin’s Warehouse Acropolis
Name: Justin Bauer Location: Boyle Heights; Los Angeles, California Size: 3,500 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Artist and Creative Director Justin Bauer‘s industrial live/work space is located on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles and is an open-concept lover’s dream.
Sep 21, 2014
Robert’s Supremely Cool Craftsman
Name: Robert Fleming Location: Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California Size: 1700 square feet, 3 bedroom Years lived in: 5 years; owned Musician Robert Fleming’s Los Angeles home is nestled in the hills of Silver Lake and is a great representation of the danceworthy indie-pop music he plays with his band Sneakout. Fun patterns and and a mixture of sleek modern and vintage elements stand out against moody backdrops of dark grays, forest greens, and navy blues.
Aug 31, 2014
Giuliana’s Quirky Echo Park Pad
Name: Giuliana Lomaglio, bartender, musician, and artist Location: Echo Park; Los Angeles, CA Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented From her colorful wardrobe to her vibrant spirit, Giuliana oozes character. Her eclectic Echo Park home, which houses a diverse collection of art, reflects her fun-loving attitude and warm personality.
Aug 9, 2014