Lindsay's Modern Bohemian in Silver Lake

Lindsay's Modern Bohemian in Silver Lake

Bethany Nauert
Nov 21, 2011

Name: Lindsay Marcus
Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months — rent

Lindsay's lovely bright apartment sits on a hill in Silver Lake and serves as a home and music studio. New to Los Angeles, she was lucky enough to find a bright airy space to hold all her vintage finds and East Coast memories.

Lindsay wanted to move into a home that embraced the Los Angeles sunshine and offered a sprawling view. She explained she was thorough in her search and needed enough room to work from home. As a musician and composer she has set up camp with all her equipment right in the living room. Lucky for her, the built in shelves and desk offer alternate ways to save space and in return gain more storage. "Most of what I have in my apartment I brought from Brooklyn. That said, the interaction with the outdoors is much more pronounced here, and the arid climate inspires you to open your home more to the outdoors and incorporate natural elements in one's designs."

When starting all over in a brand new home, there are many ways to approach your design. For Lindsay the most essential part in designing a home is "being aware of how the pieces and colors in your home work together as a whole." I believe that what she has created is a home that honors the memories she's carried along the way. Even some of her treasured art pieces are tiny notes or mementos. Mixing vintage, flea market scores and modern decor — she has a cozy, warm space to dwell in.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: A mix of mid century modern and bohemian.

Inspiration: Brooklyn, old treasures, the hills where I live.

Favorite Element: The items in my home that were given to me by friends, and the various items that remind me of different stories and periods of my life.

Biggest Challenge: Creating a space with style and finding pieces that resonate with me and work within the overall scheme while remaining within a smaller budget. That said, I love the challenge and excitement of finding great pieces and accents on a dime.

What Friends Say: I love your place!

Biggest Embarrassment: My love seat. I brought it with me when I moved to LA from NY because I thought it better to have something than nothing... but I still haven't replaced it. Hope to soon.

Proudest DIY: I designed my dining table with a wonderful craftsman who lives in the east village in NY. We worked together on all of the specs and dimensions, and I love how it came out.

Biggest Indulgence: Fresh flowers.

Best Advice: Take your time collecting pieces you love.

Dream Sources: My dream sources are my current sources - basement finds, thrift stores/vintage furniture boutiques, flea markets, and local artisans.

Resources of Note:


    • Burke Tulip Chairs: Parents' from ages ago
    • Large Pencil Drawing: Richard Anthony Blake
    • Mid Century Paint By Numbers: Rose Bowl Flea Market
    • Mexican Blanket: Flea Market, Baja
    • Grain Sack Pillows: Tumbleweed & Dandelion, Venice CA
    • Jute Rug: Ikea


    • reclaimed wood and steel dining table: Pascal Benichou (
    • Pencil Portraits: my dear friend Alessandra Olanow (
    • Mid Century Buffet: Repop Brooklyn
    • Wood Chairs: Ebay
    • Mid Century Mirror: Craigslist
    • Antlers: Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena


    • Painting: Flea Market


    • White Dresser: Flea Market, Park Slope, Brooklyn
    • Mid Century Dressers (2 pushed together): Furnish Green NY
    • Night Stand: Parents
    • Pencil Drawing: Richard Anthony Blake
    • Abstract Bird Print: Carrie Marill, 20x200


    • Shower curtain: Target
    • Turkish towels: Etsy

Thanks, Lindsay!

Images: Bethany Nauert

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