This Designer’s Sacramento Home Is Full of Cool Vintage Finds
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Name: LaToya Skinner and dog, Spencer
Location: Sacramento, California
Size: 1700 square feet
Type of home: House
Years lived in: 5 years, owned
LaToya Skinner, the owner and creative director of Lola Earl, a Sacramento-based interior design firm and retail home decor store selling sustainable, handmade, and vintage home decor and furniture, describes her home’s style as cozy and soulful. “My home is a special place to me,” she writes. “Having items in my home that I love and have a purpose is important. I’ve curated art and vintage decor for years, and my home is filled with vintage and handmade items from amazing artisans.”
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My style: I love using neutrals and adding textures with organic materials and layers. I like adding decor that has imperfections. I am drawn to handmade and vintage items. Each piece is always unique and tells a story of well-traveled history. In Sacramento, a pottery company called Echeri Ceramics makes handmade ceramics. I recently bought these amazing black coffee mugs. What I love the most about these mugs is that they are all the same color and size, but they are handmade, and each has slight imperfections from being hand-dipped that make them unique and beautiful. I feel the same way about vintage decor; it gives a room character and is one-of-a-kind with its artistic design.
Favorite element: My living room is my favorite place in my home. It is filled with vintage and handmade items I have curated over time. It feels cozy and soulful. One of my favorite items is a mid-century sofa I bought from Scout Living that I had reupholstered in dark gray linen. It is stylish and comfortable and was the starting point for my living room design.
Biggest challenge: My living room is an odd shape. It is the first thing you see when you open the door, and there’s no long wall for the sofa. So, I had to figure out the best space planning for the space that would still feel inviting and cozy. To solve this, I floated the furniture, pushed it away from the existing walls, bought a smaller coffee table, and added accent chairs that are easy to move around the room when needed.
Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small-space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Use each space to fit your needs. We now spend so much time at home that it is essential that your space represents you and provides you with how you live today. For example, one of my favorite things is to go to wine country with my friends, so I also want a wine cellar and a place to create an experience for my friends and me. I am seriously considering using one of my house’s rooms to make this happen. I mean, why not?
Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Always add vintage to your home. Buy items that speak to you and bring you joy. Whether it is on-trend or not — if it makes you smile, buy it.
My number-one rule for vintage shopping is if you want it, buy it. You will find a place for it in your home. I have second-guessed myself a few times and regretted not purchasing items that would have been a great addition to my home.
This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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