Amina is a firm believer that your home "should be the ultimate happy place." And the Downtown Los Angeles rental apartment she shares with her husband Salvatore (and pups Worf and Princess Leia) certainly shows that she practices what she preaches. Walking into their home is like walking into a pastel fairyland; it's literally an explosion of colors and patterns.
Take a video tour of Amina's apartment:
Amina is a self-described "unicorn, creative visionary, digital influencer" and the woman behind the whimsical paper decor company, Studio Mucci. She also makes all the tassels you see in her home, which can be purchased through her online shop Tassel Fairy and at stores like Urban Outfitters and Free People.
Her vision behind her company was created out of need for positive reinforcement in her life after battling an eating disorder and waiting for her husband to finish his PhD in Oklahoma. She now seeks to promote love and kindness and inspire others to accept themselves for who they are. She also co-runs Unicorn Curls, an instagram account of Unicorn hairspiration for people of color.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Cloudland Living Style: I believe that a home should be the ultimate happy place. An inspiring safe and secure space in the world where you can be creative and vulnerable. Cloudland Living is the idea that everyone can create this little piece of heaven in their own lives.
Inspiration: Spring is my favorite season; it's all about new beginnings and cheerful colors. I love how everything is pastel, happy and in bloom…I wanted my home to feel like springtime all year round.
Favorite Element: The splatter wall rainbow mural is definitely my favorite element. My husband and I painted it ourselves. We started out just intending to paint the the 20 foot x 12 foot wall with gradient rainbow colors. We used 19 different shades of Dun Edwards paint.
After a grueling day of work and finally completing the rainbow wall I was really unhappy with the outcome so I decided to splatter the remaining paint all over the wall. The result was so much better than I ever imagined and I had so much fun painting it
Biggest Challenge: Knowing when to stop doing new projects. My home is like a living art installation and an ever evolving expression of creativity. But sometimes it's good to take a step back and appreciate the home that we've created.
What Friends Say: Friends are amazed and can't believe we live in such a colorful place. They say it inspires them and makes them happy even if it's not exactly what they would do.
Biggest Embarrassment: My closet and cabinets are not as organized as I'd like them to be.
Proudest DIY: Splatter wall. Originally born from a mistake. Amina knew she wanted a very strong rainbow statement somewhere in her home, so she, Salvatore, and her friend painted one on her wall. Only the feature ended up looking like stripes instead of the big, beautiful rainbow she hoped for.
"I said 'Sorry guys, I hate this. I'm going to throw some paint on it.'" So she used the leftover paint to splatter the wall and create the rainbow statement she dreamed of having. Although the flower wall is what people love the most about her home, she said she feels the best when she looks at her mistake-turned-masterpiece.
Biggest Indulgence: Flower wall: The flower wall is one of my favorite DIY projects. It's something I've seen at many events and weddings and always wanted one in my home. I created it using over 1200 silk flowers and a LOT of glue. It's a total dream come true.
Best Advice: Think outside the box and ignore conventional interior design advice to create something that is perfect for you. Also, hang more things from the ceiling, it's life changing!
PAINT & COLORS
All paint is from Dunn Edwards. There are over 30 paint colors (too many to name each one)
LIVING ROOM/ DINING ROOM
Flower wall — One of my favorite DIY projects and the first idea I came up with when we redecorated. I designed and installed it myself and I got all of the flowers from Afloral
Green Fitzgerald Sofa — Joybird
Blue Elliot Chair — Joybird
Geometric coffee table — Wayfair
Dining Table — Wayfair
Fiberglass Case Study® Side Shell Stacking chair — Modernica
White Eiffel Armchair — Modernica
Yarn Garland — Studio Mucci
Gold unicorn heads — White Faux Taxidermy
Kallax Shelf unit — IKEA (I painted all of the cabinet doors and bins)
(Planter) RÅSKOG Utility cart — IKEA (I painted it pink)
Paper cranes — DIY
Flower Pillow — DIY
Figurines — Tokidoki
Aqua Keurig — Target
Cabinets — I changed the color of the cabinets by covering them in tiny strips of wash tape from MT Masking Tape
Balloon animal dog — White Faux Taxidermy
Floor Lamp — LampsPlus
Kallax Shelf unit — IKEA
Mini flamingo inflatable — Ban.do
Cupcake backpack — Cupquake
Smiley face tote — Ban.do
Pink Eiffel Armchair — Modernica
Marble duvet and Eye Print bedding — Urban Outfitters
The bedroom was inspired by crystal, agate and marble. I painted the mural in the bedroom to look like the opening of a magical cave. I also did a faux finish technique using all of the colors from the mural to create a dreamy marble could effect on the rest of the walls.
Floor Mirror — Lamps Plus
Malm Dresser — Ikea
Letter Board — Ban.do
Pink Heart dish — Ban.do
Heart shaped vase — Lovestar
Desk lamp — Lamps Plus
Lavender bedside lamp — Joybird
Bedside table — Ikea
Neon rainbow — Ban.do
Tassel garlands — Studio Mucci
Polly pocket — Truffle Shuffle
2d backpacks — Jump From Paper
Washi tape (closet) — MT Tape
We painted the bathroom pink and then used Washi tape to cover the cabinets. I also used silver glitter and Mod Podge to transform the counter top.
Unicorn head — Near and Deer
Makeup desk, Makeup organization cups and shelf, chest of drawers — Ikea
Chair — Modernica