Beth & Brian’s Fashionably Eclectic “Chic Grandma” Home

published Nov 28, 2011
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Name: Beth and Brian Jones
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Size: 1,350 square feet
Years lived in: 1 — Rent (interiors were originally designed by JR Walz)

Style blogger Beth Jones and her husband Brian live in an unassuming multi unit condo in Costa Mesa. By “unassuming” I simply mean that from the outside you would never know that this creative eclectic interior exists in there. They have exposed raw wood beamed ceilings with plenty of vintage charm and a huge open patio space.

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I always find it interesting and insightful to see how fashion-centric people translate their style from wardrobe to home. Brian is a school teacher and Beth is a fashion blogger. Together they have created this very eclectic, warm and thrifty chic home — complete with the whole back of the house open to the patio space. When you walk in you really feel how they joined outdoor/indoor living and wanted to accommodate not only guests and visitors but also the Southern California climate. “We live in a beautiful place with beautiful weather. Having an open space like we have really plays a huge part, the outside often comes inside in my space. Also, the 1950’s architecture and design is huge here. Trips to Palm Springs always inspire my design.”

Being a full time fashion blogger, Beth always needed lots of room to store her clothing and accessories. With their new place she has an office which she works from full time and ample closet space. Beth notes one of the best attributes of their home — “My closet!!! Our last home had no closet space, and being a girl who loves her clothes, that was really difficult. We had to have makeshift closets outside. Now, this place has HUGE closets… at least compared to what we had… it was the first thing I worked on when we moved in. Getting my closet dress-up-ready!”

While there are trends in fashion as well as in interior design, it’s easy to be over saturated with ideas about “how” to design your space. “I think gathering inspiration from sources like Pinterest and interior design blogs can really help to set the tone for what you want to do with your own space. I create a vision board and then start putting things together. Also, having anchor pieces really helps. A great bed, a great couch, a great dining room table… those can define your space.”

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic, thrift junkie, and a touch of glamour.

Inspiration: 1970’s Chic Grandma living in Palm Springs.

Favorite Element: The interior design done by JR Walz is what drew us to this place. On the outside, the place looks like your standard apartment but the interior touches like the concrete floors, one big sliding door with an incredible wood frame, the cork floor… I could go on and on. The place was an inspiration to move in and make our own!

Biggest Challenge: Having to decorate little by little because of being budget smart. I’m a girl who loves to get in there and get it done. It’s finally all coming together after a year.

What Friends Say: They love the open back wall that leads to a peaceful patio. It’s great for parties.

Biggest Embarrassment: Entertaining for the first year with the whole downstairs not decorated the way I wanted. I would apologize the minute people walked in, “Downstairs is not done, but you are welcome to peek upstairs”.

Proudest DIY: Creating my husband’s workspace out of a closet. It wasn’t too complicated, but it really came together nicely.

Biggest Indulgence: The bed in the master is from Anthropologie, and we bought it as a wedding gift to ourselves. Best purchase ever! Most romantic bed… who wouldn’t wanted to sleep there.

Best Advice: My mom is the Organization Queen, she came when we first moved in and instantly advised we organize everything first and then decorate. It made everything much more simple.

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Resources of Note:


    • Behr Swiss Coffee is the main white everywhere
    • Behr Almond


    • Mirrior: Pier 1 repainted in green


    • Couch – Palm Springs Antique Mart
    • Chair with fur – Craiglist find
    • Wing back chair – Salvatin Army
    • Wicker Chairs, repainted Palm Springs Revials Thrift Store
    • Rug – Antique from Sisters Estate Gallery Costa Mesa
    • Art on walls – multiple thrift stores


    • Table- Salvation Army
    • Mirror- Ikea


    • photo frames- Ikea


    • Bed- Anthropologie
    • Chaise lounge- Vintage find
    • Mirror- Antique
    • Dresser – Antique and my husband’s dad’s from growing up
    • Long dresser- repainted Craigslist find
    • Bedding- Ikea


    • Hanging lamp- TPT Home
    • All other finds from thrift store
    • Pillows- Home Goods

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Thanks, Beth and Brian!

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