A Small Sacramento Apartment Mixes Patterns, Antiques, and Facebook Marketplace Steals
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Name: Hayley Corell and kitten, Eloise
Location: Sacramento, California
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 2 months, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This apartment is located in a charming building from the 1940s centered around a large courtyard. I scored with original hardwood floors and windows, but an updated kitchen!
This is my first time living alone, so I was really able to reflect my personal style in the space. I knew I wanted a bold sofa, and pink is my favorite color, so the design started there. I love to mix prints, so that’s why I brought in the leopard chair and then the more subdued Persian rug. I’ve tried to mix antique finds with newer items and hope to add more antiques in the future.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: French-inspired, antique, elegant
What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the living room. It gets amazing light in the morning through my east-facing windows, and I spend the majority of my time in here. I love all the furniture in here, and some were super lucky finds. The leopard chair is from Facebook Marketplace, and I had been keeping it in my parents’ garage for a year until I moved into my own place. The armoire is from a local antique shop, and it was made in England in the 1930s. My proudest find is a numbered Chagall that I got at a consignment shop! Having a story behind some of the pieces makes the room more special to me.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I bought was this lucite tray from Katie Kime. It has a New Orleans toile print in the bottom and I went to school in New Orleans so I love that feature!
Any advice for creating a home you love? I would say don’t rush into decorating it. I was living with my parents before I moved here and had been collecting various pieces for several years before I moved out. If I found something I loved, I bought it and figured out where to store it until I moved out. I also think that decorating with pieces that have a personal connection is always special. On the bottom of my bookshelf, I use a Muses shoe (a special Mardi Gras catch) as a bookend, and I have knick knacks throughout the space from various travels. I can’t wait to add more as we all begin to travel again!
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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