Michael's Creatively Curated Home

Michael's Creatively Curated Home

Marcia Prentice
Sep 2, 2015

Name: Michael Chop, Food Scientist
Location: Garvanza - Los Angeles, California
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year

Michael's house tour brought about a few firsts. While I was photographing his kitchen, he requested that I shoot his garbage can (huh?!). Afterwards, when he explained that it is from the 1920s and was used in a hospital, I was convinced that it indeed deserved a closeup. Seeing a piece of a meteoroid up close and personal was also a first for me, as was the use of crocheted masks as decor. It all works!

Michael's home has a sense of history and family that makes it very sweet. Next to his bed are pictures of his grandparents. Michael made sure that I photographed his grandfather's watch that is on top of his dresser. He was so proud to show it off and wears it often. His bedroom furniture was purchased by his parents when Michael was a teen. He is still in love with the pieces and has transported it throughout his moves. Michael, congrats on creating such a beautiful and warm home!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Bohemian mixed with classic and Mid-Century modern. My aesthetic is minimal as showcased best in my love of bold accessories, ethnic textiles mixed with classic New England, vintage eyewear, boat shoes and oxfords.

Inspiration: I only get pieces that I like 110%. Once I bring it home it usually takes a few tries to get it just right, but somehow it works.

Favorite Element: The living room is bright, spacious yet detailed with microcosms of bold accessories.

Biggest Challenge: Finding pieces within my budget that speak to me and then deciding where to put them.

What Friends Say: Everyone loves the dolphin, besides that people generally feel cozy and at home.

Biggest Embarrassment: The chandelier, it's not centered above the dining room table.

Proudest DIY: Up until 2 months ago my bedroom was the only room that felt sterile. In January I painted, put up curtains, and softened the room with a rug.

Biggest Indulgence: Before I moved in I purchased a new pillow top mattress. One of the best purchases I have made and it is rewarding in many ways.

Best Advice: Space, my neighbor Jeff has a great eye for space and helped place many of my pieces in places where they just look better.

Dream Sources: Many of my ideas come from friends. I am fortunate that they have great taste and it rubs off on me. Inspiration also comes from websites like The Selby and magazines such as Casa Vogue.

Resources of Note:


  • Bedroom furniture came from my parent's house in PA where I grew up
  • Couch - vintage and reupholstered
  • Coffee table - Modernica


  • Yellow Planter - Modernica
  • Dolphin - Antique store (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Vintage chandelier


  • Bedroom - Dunn-Edwards (Drifting)
  • Living area and kitchen - Home Depot (White)



  • Bedroom - West Elm
  • Living Room - Custom



  • Crochet Masks in living room by Zac Monday (zacmonday@gmail.com)
  • Photograph of me by Marco Walker
  • Hallway Painting was a gift
  • Bedroom Print by Evan Hecox
  • Kitchen Drawing by Adir Abergel
  • Dining room painting by unknown Brooklyn artist (1960's)
  • Bathroom drawing by Michael C. Hsiung


  • 1920's hospital trash can

Thanks Michael!

Re-edited from a tour originally published 3.14.2012

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

• HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here
• Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form.
• Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form.

moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt