Sophie & Isaac's Eclectic Minimal Home

Sophie & Isaac's Eclectic Minimal Home

Bethany Nauert
Feb 25, 2011


Name: Sophie & Isaac Carpenter
Location: Valley Village — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1 bedroom
Years lived in: 1½ — rent

Sophie and Isaac have found the ideal space in the valley, and have completely embraced it. For the first few years of their marriage they lived in a house shared with Isaac's band mates, this left minimal room and decision making when it came to decorating. Now just over the hill from Hollywood, in a quiet residential neighborhood right off Laurel Canyon this young couple have ample room in their spacious courtyard side apartment.


Sophie notes Palm Springs and homes from Los Angeles in the 1960's as their inspiration — and it shows! The whole house is styled with a fun mix of hip modern art and lighting, dark mid century wood pieces as well as some awesome thrift finds! They are both die hard vintage collectors and pride themselves on being able to stay on top of estate sales, flea markets and second hand goodies.

They both also consider themselves minimalists to a degree, but with their style decorating the home feels large, uncluttered and well thought out. My favorite item in their home was the large orange couch, that was nestled up to the huge window. Perfect for a lazy rainy day or a quick siesta under the warm afternoon light.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: minimal, mid-century, thrift store grandma on a budget with a desert twist

Inspiration: San Fernando Valley houses from the 50's and 60's, Palm Springs and design blogs like Apartment Therapy, The Brick House and Door 16

Favorite Element: The windows, the orange couch, the dining room wall color and the purr of traffic from the busy street outside

Biggest Challenge: Beige carpet, beige tile and beige walls. For our first five years of marriage, we lived in a house with roommates so when we got this apartment we had to start from scratch. It was overwhelming to furnish and decorate an entire apartment, but we took our time and learned a lot along the way.

What Friends Say: "Where is all your stuff?" and "This place is huge!"

Biggest Embarrassment: We really aren't embarrassed by much. We love having our own apartment and never take it for granted, carpet and all

Proudest DIY: Our wooden mini blind covers. We need to have blinds and we were not crazy about any of the substitutes available, so Isaac bought and stained some pieces of wood to cover them. I was skeptical, as always, but I really like how they turned out. We also love our nightstands we built. I think the cost for both nightstands was about $14.

Biggest Indulgence: The couch. I have a tendency to be cheap and Isaac forced me to pay extra to get the longer couch with a chaise. I was resistant to the "sectional" but we freaking love lying on this couch together. Drinking coffee, reading, internet-ing, napping and watching movies…it is perfect for all of these things

Best Advice: Measure everything! (We had to learn this the hard way)

Dream Sources: estate sales and thrift stores in the valley, Palm Springs and Tri-Cities, Washington between 1950-1970

Resources of Note:


    • Bedroom: Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray
    • Dining Room: Dunn Edwards Hint of Mint
    • Living Room: Lighter Walls: Dunn Edwards Sandcastle & Darker Wall: Dunn Edwards Wooden Peg
    • Bathroom: Dunn Edwards Swiss Coffee


    • Couch: "Melia" from Dwell Floor Five in Studio City
    • TV cabinet: IKEA
    • Coffee table, end table, chairs: vintage
    • Big orange lamp: vintage *cost of lamp $8 cost to ship from Washington to California: $140. We call it our $148 thrift store lamp


    • Dining Table: CB2
    • White Shelf: IKEA — altered to fit the record player
    • Artwork & Lamp: vintage
    • Antlers: Isaac's grandparent's basement
    • Chairs: Plummers


    • Orange Shelf: IKEA (spray painted orange)
    • Rug: Target
    • Accessories are mostly thrift store/estate sale finds
    • Pyrex bowls: My grandma's house
    • Lamp: estate sale ($3)


    • Bed and Dresser: IKEA "Malm"
    • Slat Bench: Estate Sale ($5)
    • Velvet Painting: Thrift Store ($2.99)
    • Bedding: Coyuchi
    • Lamps and rugs: IKEA
    • All other accessories and artwork are vintage


    • Wall Shelf: vintage ($3)
    • Wooden Mat: Target
    • Zig Zag bath mat and red dot picture: West Elm
    • Shower Curtain: Target
    • "C" and Wire basket: Urban Outfitters (clearance!)

Thanks, Isaac & Sophie!

Images: Bethany Nauert

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