Vahan’s “California Confused” Small Home

published Mar 19, 2014
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Name: Vahan Petrossian
Location: Melrose District; Los Angeles, California
Size: 700 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months

Vahan is like many Angelenos who prefer to live in a small home or bungalow instead of a typical apartment building. He found his place by mistake, but all it took was walking through the living room and Vahan was sold. An added bonus was all the windows and the greenery seen through the windows.

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I don’t know that you can really put a name on Vahan’s style. After trying to decide what to call his style, we landed at “California confused.” There are moments of Mid-Century, many of grandma’s antiques, a very cabin feel, taxidermy, a large watch in the dining room, and a crazy cowboy theme happening in the bathroom. It all works together — it is the eclecticism and collections that give this home personality and life. And don’t forget to look behind the plants — you might just find miniature chairs and a camel hiding in the corner.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: California confused.

Inspiration: Grandma’s house.

Favorite Element: The vaulted ceiling in the living room… oh, and I was always Fire when we played Captain Planet & The Planeteers.

Biggest Challenge: Convincing my partner to let me buy my kitchen table. He had doubts, but I see him smile at it every time we sit down for a meal.

What Friends Say: “Throw the lava lamp away!”

Biggest Embarrassment: Not crazy about the mismatched tile kitchen countertops. One might say my bathroom curtains.

Proudest DIY: Banana leafing whatever I could in my bedroom.

Biggest Indulgence: My collection of camels.

Best Advice: “Look at this stuff… isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?”

Dream Sources: Luxe & Cat Fancy

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Resources of Note:




  • Artwork – “Yosemite” by Katherine Bingley
  • Cabinet – CB2
  • Bowl – Jonathan Adler
  • Blue tea set – Of the many things I took from my mother’s place



  • Bug door knob – Anthropologie
  • Horse paintings – Goodwill
  • Horse heads – HomeGoods
  • Towel rack – Estate sale
  • Artwork – “Tchaikovsky” by Derdad Aghamalian
  • Camel skull – Necromance
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Thanks, Vahan!

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