A Glamorous & Intriguing Los Angeles Apartment

A Glamorous & Intriguing Los Angeles Apartment

Esteban Cortez
Nov 15, 2017

Name: Erik Kenneth Staalberg
Location: Miracle Mile — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, rented

After searching countless websites every day for months, Erik finally found his dream apartment: A charming, pre-war historic building in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile. Though it wasn't perfect when he moved in, its been a complete passion project and continues to be everyday. Each day, Erik might rearrange his art collection or replace a switch plate, which makes all the difference — each day, it shines brighter, he says.

As soon as he moved in, he knew he wanted to fill it with only things he loves: family heirlooms, unique art, and lots of texture. It's always a work in progress, but Erik already feels as though his apartment is his temple — a place where he can feel inspired each day and a space where he can entertain his eccentric friends. "Suite 4 in my building is known for the characters parading in and out, the disco blasting out of the record player, and constant cackling out the window," he says. "It's a watering hole for good times — a space that feels equal parts glamorous and intriguing."


Living room — Benjamin Moore's Swiss Coffee
Parlor — Benjamin Moore's Unspoken Love
Bathroom — Benjamin Moore's Everglades

Sofa — West Elm
Coffee table — Built by my grandfather in his garage in the 1950s
National park photograph on credenza — Steph Morris
Mirror above desk — Anthropologie
Three-legged chair — Fairfax Flea ( I've recovered it three times and counting!)

Dining chairs — Inherited from my late cousin Heather
Chandelier — EBTH
1930s radio — Belonged to my great grandmother
Woven rug — Target
Pink vintage vase on dinning table — Antique mall in Hermosa Beach

Rug — Dash & Albert
Cream thick-knit blanket — Hand-me-down from a co-worker (thanks Tessa!)
Accordion sconces — Gift from mom when I was in high school
Love at First Sight art — From an invitation to my brother's wedding
Shag pillow right now — CB2

Towels — Target
Bath bombs — Whole Foods Market
Gallery wall — Art collected throughout my travels
White linen curtains — Made by my dear friend Ross
Alarm clock — Pottery Barn

Thanks, Erik!

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