A Playful, Rainbow-Hued LA Studio Apartment Is Tiny But Well Designed

updated Jun 8, 2019

A Playful, Rainbow-Hued LA Studio Apartment Is Tiny But Well Designed

updated Jun 8, 2019
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Name: Cindy Tung
Location: Midcity — Los Angeles, California
Size: 550 square feet
Years lived in: 5 months, renting

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Graphic posters with bold text, whimsical crafts in rainbow hues, and an adorable sleepy dog named Marley define Cindy’s dreamy LA apartment. Even though she has only lived here for five months, her keen eye and fun nature shine through and make this space feel like a bright, playful home.

Cindy doesn’t just live in 550 square feet, she runs her business Marley&Alfie out of her apartment, as well. Her work is known for its bright, peppy colors mixed with soft, earthy hues, and her home follows suit. As a designer and maker of handcrafted fiber art and jewelry, textures play into her home decor, as well. And like her signature piece — wrapped horseshoes — her home is a mix of quirkiness and charm.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: When Urban Outfitters, Oh Joy, IKEA and Marley&Alfie all go to a party together…I love spaces that are filled with light, colors and textures.

Inspiration: COLOR, travel, Martha Stewart, and bloggers Oh Joy, AwwSam and Studio DIY.

Favorite Element: All the great light the place gets during the day! Surrounded by art and color made by my friends and people I’ve met through my art.

Biggest Challenge: Downsizing and trying to utilize every part of the space properly and have a good flow. I think I must have moved my bed back and forth about 10 times and my desk in the studio the same amount of times. Originally I had my bedroom nook a lot bigger and then I decided that all I needed that space for was sleep so I gave myself some more space in my studio.

What Friends Say: Not what I expected from the outside of the building and it’s very colorful and cute. Very well thought out on the space planning.

Biggest Embarrassment: My small kitchen sink. Literally drives me crazy. So hard to wash my bigger pots and pans.

Proudest DIY: Hmmmm…if I had to say one…My IKEA couch hack…the chaise isn’t supposed to be a part of the couch.

Biggest Indulgence: My rug from Babasouk, I love it soooo much!

Best Advice: Move things around and try different setups to see what works best for the space. You won’t know until you try it. Surround yourself in color and things that you love.

Dream Sources: Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz to name a few.


Chilewich shaggy skinny stripe rug x 2— Chilewich

Söderhamn couch — IKEA
Boucherouite rug — Babasouk
I like you this much stuffie — my name is not darren
Winky embroidered pillow — Urban Outfitters
Textured throw pillow — project 62 at Target
Tron metallic pillow — Molly M Designs
Mongolian lamb pillow — west elm
Besta burs media console — IKEA via Craigslist
Switch table/stool — Bend Goods
Roz planter — Cb2 discontinued
Drum planter — Cb2
Isla planter — Cb2 discontinued
Oh Joy face planter — Oh Joy
Case study planter — Modernica
Acrylic cacti — love and victory
Acrylic shelves — HomeGoods
Lucky pom pom horseshoe — Marley&Alfie
Ribba frames — IKEA
Los angeles print — the little friends of printmaking
For like ever print — Super Rural
Waterhole estuary by helo birdie — Society 6
Eat cake print by jeff mindell — Society 6
Can i kick it/ yes you can prints — Paper Jam Press
Kallax shelving unit — IKEA

Drafting desk — Craigslist find!
Aeron stool — Design Within Reach
Janis metal shelf — Urban Outfitters
Rainbow rolling chest — by recollections at michaels
Everyday i’m hustling — Paper Jam Press
Fake it till you make it print — people i loved
Retrobow 1 — Molly M Designs
Concrete vessel — Concrete Geometric
Face ceramic cup — klai
Yamazaki como trash can — Urban Outfitters

Stenstorp kitchen island — IKEA via Craigslist
Bar stools — IKEA
Tanum runner — IKEA
Adjustable shelving unit — Target
Shibori whitebark apron — White Bark Workwear
All clad cookware — allclad.com
Le creuset enamel braiser/pot — Le Creuset
Vitamix — vitamix.com
Kitchenaid mixer — Bed Bath and Beyond
Breville toaster oven — Crate and Barrel
Sriracha print — The Best Part
Ceramic bowls — Pickle Pottery
Trash bin — Brabantia

Cactus icon duvet cover — Urban Outfitters
Organic cotton sheets — west elm
Decorative pillow — Folk Project
I love you this much stuffie — my name is not darren
Cactus wall art — World Market
Rug runner — Folk Project
Acrylic shelf — Container Store
Cactus neon — sunnylife

Cryodex mirrored medicine cabinet — Amazon
Geometric fan towels — Project 62 towels by Target

Thanks, Cindy!

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