A ‘Retro Maximalist’ Bungalow’s Gorgeous Gallery Wall Features Nearly 40 Unique Pieces

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Name: Sarah Paciocco
Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California
Type of home: Bungalow
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

The dining area gets such beautiful natural light in the afternoons. I love watching the plants catching light from the sunbeams!

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live inside a charming one-bedroom bungalow originally built in the 1920s! It is recently renovated, but still holds some of its original design touches. As soon as you walk inside, you’re met with a 16-foot tall lofted ceiling holding a ton of the artwork I’ve collected over the past 10 years.

The entire wall is covered and creates a blast of color in the space, along with the ’70s style shag rug that sits below. Pops of color can be found throughout the entire space — a teal velvet statement chair, tons of plants, and a ton of vintage trinkets I’ve collected from flea markets.

As soon as I saw the 16-foot lofted ceiling in this place, I knew I 1) had to have it and 2) had to cover it with ART!

My soul shines through my art collection. My gallery wall holds nearly 40 unique prints and pieces, along with a fun retro stripe decal that was born out of a happy design accident. Art can be found on nearly every wall in the space — yet I still somehow have pieces in the closet that need a place to live! Beyond my art collection, you can tell I do not shy away from color in my space. It’s been so fun playing with different pops of color and textures and seeing how harmoniously they can exist together in each room.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: California retro maximalist

Having a yard as a renter in LA is a very rare privilege. I love spending my mornings out here reading and sipping on a cup of coffee.

What is your favorite room and why? The living room, by far! The 16-foot lofted ceiling makes the room feel so open and expansive, yet I’ve warmed it up by using pieces like a thick shag rug and medium tone woods. I’m also able to open all the windows and look out onto my garden, so I can soak up the California sunshine even when I’m indoors.

Though the place is newly renovated, some of the original design elements have stayed in tact — I love the way the crown molding frames the dining area from this view.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? My most recent purchase is this INSANELY cool hanging lamp — the orb shape + the soft light it produces is so soothing, and the knotted rope attached to it makes it hang so effortlessly above my statement chair. I love all of the lights from this brand; I own a few miniature lamps as well that are great for bringing outside when I’m hosting in the yard.

I intentionally chose to keep my bedroom more muted, with less color pops, as I wanted to keep it a serene, zen place for easy mornings and lots of good sleep.

Any advice for creating a home you love? The best part of decorating your home is that it’s YOURS and no one else’s. Even if you’re decorating with a partner or a roommate — find things that make you both happy and excited! I think we often follow the confines of “traditional” design too much and shy away from doing something kind of quirky or unconventional. Let patterns and textures clash, put every color of the rainbow in a room somehow — it’s an absolute luxury to decorate however you see fit. Make it FUN!

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