A Charming Old World-Inspired Los Angeles Condo Is a Vintage Lover’s Dream
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Name: Claire Oring and pets
Location: Playa del Rey — Los Angeles, California
Type of home: Two-Bedroom Condo
Size: 1140 square feet
Years lived in: 3.5 years, owned
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I bought this condo a few years ago, purposely choosing a spot to be near my dad. I fell in love with the arched windows in the Spanish-style building, the abundant natural light, and the crown molding.
The living room is distinctly bright and cozy with lots of sage greens, woods, white, and mauves. I redid the kitchen January of 2020 and feel like it really adds a great pop of color into the space. I love layering texture and pattern and filling the home with lots of art and personal decor.
The primary bedroom I redid April of 2020. It’s inspired by the English and French countryside and is extremely cozy and calming. I had wall trim put up and mixed a custom paint color for it. I only have paintings up in the walls in here to really push an old world vibe.
I also redid the bathroom (I need to take better photos) in a bright style with gold accents and a beautiful Art Nouveau wallpaper. It’s filled with light from my prisms in the window each day.
Finally, my guest room was designed as an office that could be used as a guest room. I had a Murphy bed custom made from Wilding Wallbeds and it’s so sleek and beautiful. The room is white and blue and I wanted to keep it calm and charming and neutral so working in there feels relaxing.
I’ve really tried to put my mark on each room!
I’m a creative director and I absolutely love playing with color and antiques. I’m constantly on the hunt for unique found objects and love to mix new with old, just like my personal style, which is quite the same. I’m a swing dancer so I’m constantly going out to see live jazz and soul bands in LA and my personal style is very ’50s/’60s.
I own a creative studio called Oui Create here in LA and I love how calm my space is when I often work from home. My twin ginger cats are great assistants. My mood is really affected by my surroundings so I really tried to make this my dream home!
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Charming, Eclectic, Cozy, Bright, Old World
What is your favorite room and why? The living room — it’s really one big room combining the living, dining, and kitchen. I love all the colors and textures from every direction. Also, the big arched windows are really dreamy.
I’m currently in stained glass classes and I hope to create some stained glass work for the window arches in the year to come.
Any advice for creating a home you love? If a wall is feeling too bare, add some wall trim or wallpaper. I added wood paneling and a shelf to my living room wall and added a pop of color and it brought the entire room together.
If you’re not in your forever home, buy pieces that could adapt anywhere — you can always have them refinished in new colors down the line. I may repaint my Murphy bed and dining hutch one day and stick them in the same room.
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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