Zeinab's Playful Beachwood Canyon Apartment

Zeinab's Playful Beachwood Canyon Apartment

Bethany Nauert
Oct 3, 2012

Name: Zeinab Ghais, Designer & Artist
Location: Beachwood Canyon — Los Angeles, California
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 4.5 years — rent

Zeinab is an artistic spirit with roots in interior design. Her cozy one bedroom Hollywood apartment is a reflection of this spirit, with its peaceful palette and seamless mix of modern pieces and bohemian charm.

To Zeinab the most important part of making a home is "how it is as a whole, not just one element of it. How it makes you feel." She has accomplished this very well — every corner of her place has a sense of warmth and calm. It's full of color, edited textures and wonderful collections of artwork.

"The most essential part to designing a home is how it's going to function and a reflection of its owner", Zeinab explains. Which is why she has made great use of each angle of every room. For example, needing a designated office space, she has gracefully merged her dining area and home office. The lighting and warmth of LA lends a whimsical quality to the space, "Los Angeles has opened me up to even more diverse cultures, showing me how to integrate different elements from each one to create an even more unique style."

Thank you so much to Leslie Landis, who introduced us for this tour!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Gypsy Refined.

Inspiration: Mother Nature.

Favorite Element: My Sun mirror. I got it about a decade ago at an antique mall in Bay City, Texas. I was drawn to it due to the flame-like rays and the aqua petals. It is very reminiscent of India. Believe it or not, it's made of plastic.

Biggest Challenge: Getting my couch to fit. My couch started off at 13 feet when it had the built in base with tables. I knew there was no way I could get that to fit in any apartment. So I ditched the base 10 years ago and added the legs. Now it is only 9 feet long. It's a piece you want to show off and give it some room to breathe.

What Friends Say: Sophisticated and casual. It's very warm and culturally diverse. Wow, you love color and no clutter.

Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom tile and tub surround. Since I rent I decided to just leave it and make it work in my design by creating a French Boudoir inspired bathroom.

Proudest DIY: I am most proud to show off my hand carved bowl, since I don't have one of my own pieces of furniture to display at this time. I have altered my entryway piece and have some of my own artwork in the space too.

Biggest Indulgence: My two living room chairs. They were a limited edition by West Elm. Having a degree in Furniture Design, I truly appreciate the ergonomics of this chair. It has a large seat which can accommodate anyone, and it is extremely comfortable too.

Best Advice: Don't limit yourself to where you shop. I have been collecting for over a decade and it takes time to get complete those final touches. Try to display the things that you want to inspire and move you on a daily basis. Don't be afraid to change it up either. You are constantly evolving, and your place should reflect those changes. Change is good.

Dream Sources: Atomic Ranch, Dwell, Organic Modernism, Apartment Therapy, Flea Markets, Antique Malls, Hotels

Resources of Note:


    • Mirror- vintage
    • Lighting- Lamps Plus
    • Cabinet- Antique store
    • Art- Resale Shop
    • Flooring- Flor


    • Paint-Cargo Pants- Sherwin Williams
    • Sofa- vintage
    • Coffee Tables- CB2
    • Side Tables- Lane- flea market & antique store
    • Chairs- West Elm
    • TV Console- West Elm
    • Lamps: Estate Sale & Antique Store
    • Art: Original by Friends & Flea Markets
    • Flooring- Flor


    • Table: CB2
    • Chairs: West Elm
    • Desk: Nick's Metropolis
    • Bookcase: Crate & Barrel
    • File cabinet: CB2
    • Artwork: Original & Estate Sale
    • Shelving: West Elm
    • Lighting: Lamps Plus


    • Paint: Dandelion for Roo- Behr
    • Buffet: Antique Store
    • Artwork: Estate Sale, my own original and friends.


    • Paint: Tinsmith-Sherwin Williams
    • Headboard: West Elm
    • Side tables: Ikea
    • Bench: Crate & Barrel (reupholstered)
    • Cabinet: Ikea
    • Dressers: West Elm
    • Artwork: Original from friend & Flea Market
    • Lighting: Silverlake Salvage Yard
    • Flooring: Flor


    • Paint: China White- Sherwin Williams
    • Cabinet: Resale shop
    • Side table: Antique Store
    • Artwork: Original from friends

Thanks, Zeinab!

(Images: Bethany Nauert)

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