This LA Rental Apartment Went Viral for the Cute Pet DIY (That Cost Under $200)

published May 8, 2024

This LA Rental Apartment Went Viral for the Cute Pet DIY (That Cost Under $200)

published May 8, 2024
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.

2.6 million. That’s how many likes actor and content creator Kylen Chen-Troester‘s post about her DIY cat loft creation got on TikTok. On Instagram, a similar post got 982k. The short videos highlight a very cute little area Kylen created for cat Hiro in an empty space atop a doorway in her apartment’s living room.

Not only is it a cozy and stylish space for Hiro (who Kylen says loves to get up high), the extra adorable element to the cat space (and possibly the key to its virality) is that it’s a near-perfect copy of the apartment’s living room decor.

Credit: Leela Cyd

“I guess you could call it a … copycat room,” cleverly reads the Instagram post caption.

Credit: Leela Cyd

Kylen and Paul, who’s a fellow actor as well as musician-sound designer, have rented this 950-square-foot Los Angeles apartment for about half a year. “I was a Zillow gremlin for about four weeks straight and spotted this place within the first 5 minutes it was listed online and requested a tour,” Kylen begins.

Credit: Leela Cyd

“We moved to LA from Austin so we technically moved in without seeing this place in person (we did have a friend who graciously offered to tour it to make sure it was real, so that was super helpful), but what initially caught my eye was the huge private patio and loft area — having our own office spaces was a dream.”

Credit: Leela Cyd

Because they both work from home, Kylen says it was important they create a “calm space to be able to work and feel at ease, especially after days on set or days where I’m creating content for work at home and making a mess.” She describes her style as always-evolving, with a little bit of “cozy minimalist with Japandi and mid-century modern notes” but says she’s recently been “adding in more color and humor through little items throughout the apartment.”

Credit: Leela Cyd

The cute cat loft isn’t the only DIY that the couple has done in the rental apartment. “I always try to implement renter friendly-ish upgrades, like the peel and stick tiles in the bathroom and kitchen,” Kylen admits. “I’m a renter who isn’t afraid to drill a few holes in the wall, and I think that’s allowed me to expand my view of what’s possible in a rented space.” Kylen’s favorite DIY in the space (besides the kitty spot, of course) is the headboard and hanging nightstands in the bedroom. And a cute corner was turned into a little DIY guest space, too.

Resources

Credit: Leela Cyd

LIVING ROOM

  • Davis 85” sofa — Wayfair (mine is secondhand, though)
  • Credenza — Wayfair
Credit: Leela Cyd

KITCHEN

Credit: Leela Cyd

BEDROOM

Credit: Leela Cyd

BATHROOM

  • Peel and stick tiles — Amazon
  • Over the toilet shelf — Umbra
Credit: Leela Cyd

OFFICE

Thanks, Kylen and Paul!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.