A Neutral & Natural 400-Square-Foot LA Studio

updated Feb 20, 2019
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Name: Logan Sommers
Location: Los Feliz — Los Angeles, CA
Size: 400 square feet

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With an eye for detail, visual display artist and former New Yorker Logan Sommers has outfitted his cozy studio apartment with panache. He currently resides in Los Feliz, one of the few quaint and walkable communities situated in the heart of the sprawling expanse that is Los Angeles. His keen design sense and experience making do in modestly-sized spaces (a generous description of the closets-turned-apartments in NYC) have made his 1920s studio apartment a cozy home that is as comfortable as it is stylish.

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Front view of Logan’s bed (Image credit: Jessica Isaac)
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Stepping into Logan’s studio, guests are likely to feel at ease. Not to discount the friendly greetings of Martha, his sweet-as-pie canine roommate, but this welcoming feeling is likely due to Logan’s smart layout and tasteful design. The place houses just enough seating to comfortably take a load off while preserving plenty of space to freely roam about and mingle with a few friends.

His minimal color palette and use of organic materials make the space feel put together and styled, but not at all overwhelming. While Logan admits he is stowing away three Tupperware containers of collected treasures, his impeccably edited collections on display throughout his home really showcase his talent for design.

(Image credit: Jessica Isaac)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Neutral, Natural and Collected. I like the juxtaposition of organic elements mixed with geometric and linear shapes.

Inspiration: Natural elements and materials, objects collected from my travels, Southern California landscape and plant life, 60s modernism

Favorite Element: My walnut credenza I found on Craigslist and had delivered from Tijuana, Mexico

Biggest Challenge: Living in a very small space forces me to be very judicious about what I bring into my home. I’m definitely a collector at heart, so if i see something I have to have, I try and make it work, and if I can’t I keep it in my huge closet.

What Friends Say: “Your place is so cute”

Biggest Embarrassment: I don’t have a dining table or any dedicated space to eat.

Proudest DIY: Large abstract painting I created for an empty wall

Biggest Indulgence: Fresh flowers and a steady supply of candles

Best Advice: If you can’t find what you like, make it yourself or find someone who can.

Dream Sources: 1st Dibs, Kelly Wearstler, Lawson Fenning, anything by Carl Aubock



  • Credenza- vintage, from craigslist
  • Rope vase, Areaware
  • Brushstroke Artwork, Rose Bowl Flea
  • Cork Lamp, Rose Bowl Flea
  • Leather Chair, Rose Bowl Flea
  • Painting, my own work
  • Cactus Planter, Sunset Nursery
  • Couch, West Elm
  • Tortoise Roman shades, Lowes
  • Hanging Sculpture, my own work
  • Rug, Ikea
  • Coffee Table, Vintage
  • Bookshelves, Ikea


  • Shelf above sink, Ikea
  • Arrowhead art, Rose Bowl Flea
  • Pottery, vintage from China, Japan, and my parents
  • Utensil holder, vintage
  • Hand Towel, Muji
  • Macrame plant hanger, made by me
  • Black stool, found on the curb, painted
  • Artwork in white frame, vintage from Russia
  • Apron and wooden paddle, belonged to my grandfather


  • Woven chair, Rose Bowl Flea
  • Coil of Rope, vintage prop from Barneys New York
  • Sconce, made by me
  • Headboard, leftover window prop and cotton rope, made by me
  • Sheets, Thomas O’Brien for Target
  • Duvet Cover, Zara Home
  • Small photo above bed by Dalton Rooney
  • Large photo above bed, old prop
  • Hanging Kukui nut necklace from Hawaii
  • Bedside table, Rose Bowl Flea
  • Floor Lamp, Ikea
  • Hanging Sculpture, my own work
  • Leaning artwork, vintage prop from Barneys New York
  • Brass Wheel, Long Beach Flea Market
  • Skateboard above closet, Rose Bowl Flea
  • Black Plastic Cactus, vintage prop


  • Cactus pot, Sunset Nursery
  • Match holder, Lawson Fenning
  • Woven basket, West Elm
  • Black chair, Rose Bowl flea
  • Shower Curtain, Target


  • Stool, Ikea, painted by me
  • Various objects collected on travels


  • Rope art on door, my own work
  • Cactus skeleton, Cactus Mart
  • Wooden chair, vintage prop
  • Photo of woman, by my friend Bryan Darling
  • Ceramic plates, vintage
  • Framed sketch, vintage
  • Woven basket, from Santa Fe, NM
  • Hanging sculpture on door, my own work

Thanks, Logan!

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