James & Carly’s Colorful West LA Home

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Carly and James Petersmeyer
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,250 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years owned

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Carly and James, both creative artists, couldn’t wait to finally own their own home to be able to do whatever they wanted with it. Two years ago, they got their chance when they snatched up this West LA home that had plenty of space to play with. After two years of living in, decorating and filling the space with pieces that speak to their creative souls, they finally feel like they have “moved in.”

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Carly is a hair stylist and national educator at Floyd’s in Venice Beach and James is a DIT for commercials. They are able to use their creative spirits both at work as well as at home. They love to entertain in their new home and continually come up with ways to make the space match their own style.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic/vintage modern

Inspiration: Art and color

Favorite Element: Large wood table made out of Carobwood

Biggest Challenge: Designing around a house that hasn’t been renovated to our taste

What Friends Say: It’s like a living museum. The wall colors are great, I would have never thought of that.

Biggest Embarrassment: Pre-renovation washer and dryer in the kitchen

Proudest DIY: Wood table, James spent 30 hours sanding it down

Biggest Indulgence: Vintage 1940’s radio in the green music room

Best Advice: To avoid getting overwhelmed, paint the walls first and then build around them

Dream Sources: Casara Modern, Rosebowl Flea Market, Planted art, Merchant LA


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  • Accent wall in living room: Imperial Yellow
  • Living room: Custom Beige color
  • Kitchen: Princess Pink
  • Den/Music room: shades of spring
  • Bedroom: Aspen skies
  • Outside color: Nairobi Dusk
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  • Art: Art.com, Sherman Gallery
  • Rug: Amazon
  • Credenza: Danish Modern LA
  • Couches: Sofa Co. and Rose Bowl Swap Meet
  • Raw wood: Ed Lee woodworks
  • Hanging hand: Merchant, venice
  • Sculpture: Merchant
  • wooden clock:MWB studios
  • round rug: Numoon collection
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  • Large chair and dining chairs: Wertz Brothers
  • Fake food: Fake Food Japan
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  • Couch: Casara Modern
  • Lamps, hutch and art: Urban Americana
  • Wood Geometric Shape tortoise: General Store
  • Hand Sculpture: Merchant
  • Wooden light switch: Uncommon Goods
  • Propeller: Skymall
  • Curtain fabric: purchased in Amsterdam
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  • Art and framing: Rose Bowl Flea Market and Sherman Gallery
  • Pillows: Etsy – Studio Tullia
  • Bed Spread: Amazon/Ecity direct – chezmoi collection
  • Fan: Merchant
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  • Wood from big bear hike and made into a hanging planter
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  • Couches: Casara Modern
  • Printed pillows: Etsy – Madera Mason Studio
  • Print: Patrick Nagel
  • Fire Hydrant table: hand made by James
  • Tables: Patrick Cain Designs
  • Neon light: Urban Americana
  • Ceramic shoes and pencil: James made in High school
  • Cactus art and shark: GR2 – Giant Robot 2
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Thanks, Carly and James!