A Globetrotting Couple’s Colorful LA Rental

updated Sep 10, 2019

A Globetrotting Couple’s Colorful LA Rental

updated Sep 10, 2019
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Name: Ali Jepson and Evan Dohrmann
Location: Glassell Park — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, renting

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It’s hardly a surprise that after 17 years of globetrotting together, Ali and Evan’s Los Angeles home is filled to the brim with eclectic touches and unique art. The couple, both originally from Oregon, moved to Southern California four years ago seeking sunshine and haven’t looked back.

Their home perfectly mixes whimsy with worldly — each room begging to be explored and admired. Every nook and cranny is decorated with souvenirs and memories, creating a space full of character and charm.

Ali, who works in the food industry as the chef and owner of Little Branch Foods, makes her own artisanal granola and constantly has guests asking if they can stay for breakfast. Evan, who works in the beverage industry, owns a coffee-centric ceramic company called Constellation Supply Inc.

Ali and Evan are the perfect friends to have when it comes to spending relaxing evenings on their recently refurbished patio…and long nights curled up on their mid-century couches hearing stories of far-flung travel.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-Century Estate Sale meets Psychedelic Caravan.

Inspiration: Our travels, ritual and ceremony, mythology, cosmology, botanical gardens, time travel, treasure hunts.

Favorite Element: Our outdoor patio. It’s truly become our sanctuary in the city.

Biggest Challenge: No yard and making a rental feel like our home.

What Friends Say: It’s kinda like taking a trip down the rabbit hole — so (too?!) much color, a thousand tales told, late nights turning into early mornings and, “Oh hey, can I stay for breakfast?”

Biggest Embarrassment: Our (my) hoarding and clutter – I’m still learning how to “edit.” We often bring pieces home with us from our travels regardless of practicality, which has left us with closets full of STUFF. But I can look at each piece in this house and tell you exactly its significance. It’s like being able to go back and revisit a special time and place. In the future I’d like to embrace the mantra “less is more.”

Proudest DIY: One day, while out walking 8 ½ months pregnant, I discovered an abandoned (splintering) wooden ladder on the side of the road. Determined, I drug it home, sanded and stained on our front porch in the hot summer sun, and eventually erected it in our daughter’s nursery. A little TLC unearthed a beautiful piece that’s become one of our favorite places to hang extra crib/baby blankets.

Biggest Indulgence: Creating an outdoor oasis felt like a big investment in a rental but living in a house with a toddler, two dogs and no yard felt claustrophobic. Our goal became to create a family friendly escape on a budget, which could double as an outdoor area to entertain guests well into the evening.

Best Advice: Support small artists, designers, craftsmen, and “pickers” whenever you can. Don’t let Instagram and Pinterest fads dictate or overwhelm your flavor. Let your home tell your own personal story.

Dream Sources: Night/Flea Markets, Array Living, Hammer & Spear, Cargo


Haotian Storage Bench — Amazon
Woven Basket — Travel Score (Capetown, South Africa)
Guatemalan Shelf — Travel Score (Antigua, Guatemala)
Vintage Mail Sorter — Porch Light (no longer available online)
Vintage “Cookbooks ONLY” Bookshelf — Estate Sale
Lake Sharp Ceramic Cactus Incense Holder — Array
Vintage Flour Canisters — Family Heirloom
Ceramic Cow — Travel Score (Amsterdam, Netherland)

Seafoam Vintage Vanity — DIY Estate Sale
Aqua Rustic Chair — Roadside Treasure
Papyrus Egyptian Print — Travel Score (Memphis, Egypt)
Venus Transit Moon Art Print — Capricorn Press
Mushroom Art Print — Capricorn Press
Vintage Whiskey Bar Cart — Hammer & Spear
Vintage Highball Glasses — Travel Score (Oregon Coast)
Mid-Century Couch & Loveseat — Estate Sale
Mid-Century Orange Vinyl Stool — Estate Sale
Chartreuse Mid-Century Chairs — Estate Sale
Safavieh Handmade Moroccan Rug — Overstock
Teak Pole Lamp — Estate Sale
Oaxacan Handwoven Rug — Stitch & Loom
Ryan Vizzon’s Milky Way Print — A Modern Ghost
Gabriella Sanchez Middle Finger Print — Ban.do (no longer available online)
American of Martinsville Mid-Century Credenza — Estate Sale
Indonesian Barong — Travel Score (Ubud, Bali)
Buddha Painting — Travel Score (Ubud, Bali)
Lago de Atitlan Last Supper Print — Travel Score (Santiago de Atitlan, Guatemala)
Wooden Horse Sculpture — Travel Score (Santiago de Atitlan, Guatemala)
Round Wooden Coffee Table — Family Heirloom
Porcelain Lazy Susan — Family Heirloom
Dr. Seuss Quote Art — DIY

Mid-Century Dining Table — Estate Sale
American of Martinsville Vinyl Mid-Century Chairs — Estate Sale
Vintage Mirror — Family Heirloom
Vintage Brass Birds — Microscope Telescope
Wooden Framed Tree Crochet Print — Microscope Telescope
Vintage Bar — Porch Light
Rug — esale Rugs
DRUVFLÄDER Hanging Planter — IKEA
Pastoral Painting— Wedding gift from/painted by best friend’s mother

Handcrafted Bench — Barrington Blue (similar)
Embroidered Oaxacan Peyote Art — Family Heirloom
HEMNES 5 drawer chest IKEA (hack)
Custom Marly Beyer Illustrated Portrait — Marly Beyer (of my 100-year-old grandfather!)
White Southwest Shelf with Hooks — DIY Roadside Treasure
Papyrus Egyptian Print — Travel Score (Memphis, Egypt)
Beaded Necklace (Durban, South Africa)
Vintage Spice Tins — Family Heirloom
Illustration of Vintage Spice Tins — Family Heirloom

Hoffman Custom Bed — Room & Board
Dream Catcher — DIY
RANARP Table Lamps — IKEA
Threshold Iron Wire Accent Tables — Target (no longer available online)
Round Mirror — Home Goods (not available online)
Reclaimed Wood Hexagon Shelves — Fernweh Home
Rug — eSale Rugs
Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider — Target
Papyrus Egyptian Print — Travel Score (Memphis, Egypt)
Ivory Ganesh Sculpture — Family Heirloom

Rug — Land of Nod
Teepee — Land of Nod
Unicorn Cape Super Rad Cape Co. (similar)
Roxy Marj Tiger Blanket — Land of Nod
Stardust Print— Ban.do
Live by the Sun, Love By the Moon Print — Individual Medley Store
Aura Reading Polaroids — Radiant Human
Ganesh Painting — Travel Score (Ubud, Bali)
Wild Horses Crib Blanket — Pendleton
Vintage Floating Book Shelf — Porch Light (no longer available online)
Vintage Radio — TINI (This Is Not Ikea)
Ladder — DIY Roadside Treasure
Red & White Checkered Crib Blanket — Travel Score (Petra, Jordan)
Schoenhut’s Kid’s Red Piano — Amazon
Plan Toy’s Drum Kit — Amazon
Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations of the Night Sky Poster — Constellation Supply Co.
KALLAX Shelf Unit — IKEA
Wooden Gameboard with Blocks — Hammer & Spear (no longer available online)
Mirror — West Elm
Vintage Dresser — Sunday Marqt (@sundaymarqt)
Dream Catcher — Baby Blessing gift from (@marinmedicinewoman)

Shepard Fairey “Lebowskifest” Print — 2nd place prize at the 2003 Lebowskifest costume contest
Reclaimed Wood Triangle Shelf — Fernweh Home

DRUVFLÄDER Hanging Planter — IKEA

PATIO (designed by Array Living)
Bistro Table — World Market
Parisian Bistro Chairs — RPG
ÄPPLARÖ Wood Shelves — IKEA
ÄPPLARÖ Storage Bench — IKEA (hack w/ custom cushion)
Black & White Striped Lumbar Pillows — World Market
Herringbone Cotton Throw Pillow — World Market
Yellow Basket Weave Lumbar Pillows — World Market
BITTERGURKA Hanging Planter — IKEA
Outdoor Rug — eSale Rugs
Barrel Strap Chair — Orchard Supply Hardware
Smith & Hawkin Heavy Duty Drop String Lights — Target
Multi-Colored Hanging Lanterns — Travel score (Luang Prabang, Laos)

Thanks, Ali and Evan!

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