A “Folk Modern” Apartment With Urban Cabin Vibes

updated Apr 30, 2019

A “Folk Modern” Apartment With Urban Cabin Vibes

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Steven Miller
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years, rented

Everything in Steven’s apartment has a story behind it: He can recall the thrift store each piece of art came from and can tell you the lengths he went to find a unique piece of furniture. “It makes me so happy that I have a space for all of the things that I’ve thrifted or collected,” he says. For Steven, thrifting isn’t just a hobby. “I’ve always fantasized about a road trip where I can thrift my way up the West Coast to the Pacific Northwest and meander through all of those small towns that you never knew were there — with a trailer for all of my finds, of course!” All of that digging has turned his apartment into a welcoming space full of eccentric art and unique knick-knacks, and he’s more than happy to tell you all about ’em.

Steven is an interior designer, stylist and consultant with Sub Folk Collective, and he runs the popular Instagram under the same name. Because his small business doesn’t have a storefront, it’s even more important that he has a comfortable space to work in, and that’s when his apartment comes into play. “Most days, I spend time working at the dining room table, so the apartment doubles as an informal office,” he says. He loves that he has the space to spread out and be creative, and being surrounded by his favorite art, music, and books helps. “I’m constantly inspired and so happy being able to do what I do!”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Folk modern, woodsy eclectic, urban cabin vibes

Inspiration: The book Shelter: How Australians Live, Yosemite, cabins/treehouses, nature walks, and Charles and Ray Eames’ case study home in the Palisades.

Favorite Element: The light in the morning. Everything comes alive at around 8 a.m. Also, the patio, which is rare in Los Angeles. I love that it gives me space to be outside and garden, as well as the fact that it opens up the space for that California ideal of indoor/outdoor living.

Biggest Challenge: Definitely the shape of the living room. It’s a large room, but not very practical, so it’s hard to have an intimate and defined space that doesn’t take over the dining room. It wasn’t until I moved the sofa to face the wall so that I could create a conversation/lounge area that I was really able to be happier with it.

What Friends Say: “Where did you find that?” Also, that it changes every time they come over, but everyone seems to enjoy the mix of rustic/natural elements, and say that my style is uniquely my own.

Biggest Embarrassment: Nail holes. Nail holes everywhere! I move artwork constantly — I’m always editing and improving, or at least I hope that I am. Unfortunately, I never get around to patching the holes.

Proudest DIY: Hanging all of the lighting (it was scary at first, then just annoying) and also becoming a pro at framing and reframing art.

Biggest Indulgence: Plants. I’m addicted to Ponderosa Cactus in Highland Park. Everything that I have came from them. I can’t stop!

Best Advice: Find something that you love and collect it. You’ll always be on the hunt and it will lead you places that you never imagined.

Dream Sources: I’ve always fantasized about a road trip where I can thrift my way up the West Coast to the Pacific Northwest and meander through all of those small towns that you never knew were there — with a trailer for all of my finds, of course!


Dunn-Edwards — Navajo White

Dresser — Thrifted, refinished and upgraded the knobs
George Nelson saucer pendant — Vintage
Persian carpet — Vintage
Art — Vintage, found, or made myself

UTurn Orbit Plus Turntable — UTurn Audio
Vinyl collection (in part!) — Vinyl Me Please
Credenza — Vintage
French wallpaper roll lamp, white ceramic lamp – Vintage
Sapien Bookcase — CB2
Bowers & Wilkins speakers — Vintage
Marantz 2275 receiver — Vintage, restored by Ray’s Electronics
Eames wire chairs — Vintage
Gallery walls — Brooks Salzwedel, Lisa Golightly, Hagar Vardimon, Ashley Mistriel, Stephanie Vovas
Assorted throws – Thrifted
Pillows — Thrifted
Eames wire base low table — Design Within Reach
Eames lounge & ottoman — Estate sale
Moebius table — Design Within Reach
Credenza — Urban Outfitters
Powder Coated Steel Furniture — Earl Parsons
Assorted Cacti — Ponderosa Cactus

Skovmand & Andersen dining table — Vintage
Cherner & Bertoia side chairs — Vintage
Bar cart — Thrifted
George Nelson ball pendant — Vintage
Floral Photo — Ashley Woodson Bailey
Jute rug — IKEA
Candle — Avant Candles
Artwork and accessories — Vintage and thrifted
Plants — Ponderosa Cactus

John Boos butcher block cutting boards — Sur La Table
Kitchen island and shelving — IKEA
Lighting — ReStore Habitat For Humanity Home Store

Eames lounge and ottoman — Estate sale
Grasshopper lamp — Design Within Reach
Icelandic sheepskin — Design Within Reach
Antique dresser — Vintage
Moroccan-inspired vase — Anthropologie
Eames lounge and ottoman — Estate sale
Spinneybeck cowhide — Design Within Reach
Artwork — Thoughtfully Thrifted
Plants — Ponderosa Cactus

Bath mat — Cold Picnic
Porcelain toothbrush holder, cup and tray — Muji
Shower curtain — DIY
Accessories — Vintage
Candles — Avant Candles

Thanks, Steven!

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