A Kitschy, Colorful Echo Park Rental Is ’80s Miami Vibes Meets Space Age Style

published Jul 22, 2022
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A Kitschy, Colorful Echo Park Rental Is ’80s Miami Vibes Meets Space Age Style

published Jul 22, 2022
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Name: Yuka, partner Daniel, and two fur babies, Bear and Penguin
Location: Echo Park — Los Angeles, California
Size: 700 square feet
Type of Home: Apartment
Years lived in: 6 years, renting

Yuka, who co-owns the vintage home good business, Resident Objects, instantly knew this Echo Park rental apartment was “the one” when she found it on Craigslist… even before she saw it in person! “One of my favorite things about the layout of the apartment is how spacious the living room is,” she writes. “I spend a lot of time in my living room and work from home so a spacious cozy living room is a must.”

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Yuka, who describes her home’s style inspiration as “’80s Miami with a mix of space age,” shares the rental apartment with her partner, Daniel, as well as two very cute kitties. “One of my favorite things to do is cozy up with my partner and my cats on our couch and eat popcorn while we watch a movie,” she writes. “When the neon palm tree is lit up, it’s such a vibe.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Kitschy, eclectic, and colorful

Inspiration: ’80s Miami with a mix of space age. I love any kind of food-themed decor as well!

Favorite Element: I love our crystal door handles and the skeleton key lock (with key that actually works). It’s original from the 1930s and it’s so special!

Biggest Challenge: I had a small budget to work with so I thrifted most of the items in my home. I invested in some of my staple pieces like my coffee table and TV console, but most of the small decor is thrifted.

Another challenge was that my landlord didn’t want us to paint the walls in our living room so I decided to make a big gallery wall above the couch and add as much color to it to brighten the room up!

Proudest DIY: I painted my bedroom walls blue and that was the first time I’ve ever painted walls before. I’m obsessed with the color, it makes me so happy. I also painted the inside of my medicine cabinets bright pink. I love how it turned out!

Biggest Indulgence: 1970s yellow Schonbuch credenza by Jurgen Lange. It was $2000 and for me it was worth it because I was looking for a colored credenza in a style I love for a long time. TVs are such an eyesore so I really wanted a nice pop of color in that corner and it really made a difference!

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? I run a vintage home goods account so I use my home to stage furniture and merchandise for photos on our website. Everything is styled the way I would actually style it and I think it’s fun for people to see.

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? Fun light switch covers, it’s a small detail that gets overlooked but it adds a lot of personality. Also my cat tree! It goes so well with the decor and my cats love it!

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Under the bed is a great place for storage, I always get bed frames that have a platform so I can store things under my bed. I also love corner dressers, I have one in my bedroom and the corner piece stores all my extra blankets and pillows.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Check Facebook Marketplace or Offer Up for the big items you are looking for. Chances are you will find something similar for a fraction of the cost!



  • Bedroom wall paint — Behr’s “Wave Top”
  • Medicine cabinet paint — Behr’s “Passion Fruit”




Thanks, Yuka and Daniel!

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity. Share Your Style: House Tour & House Call Submission Form

Credit: Photo: Alpha Smoot; Prop Styling: Ed Gallagher