Mid Century Eclectic West Hollywood Apartment

Other than styling my own home (which has taken me a decade to perfect!), my little sister’s first adult-yuppie apartment was very personal to me; though, I didn’t have years to style and perfect it. I wanted to create an extra cool space for her that really made a statement–something that reflected her big personality and her lifestyle.

A little background. My sister had just graduated from law school and passed the bar exam. She was ready to embark on her first real adult apartment. She signed the lease to a 1950’s bungalow-style one-bedroom in the heart of West Hollywood: original hardwood floors, crown molding, floor-to-ceiling living room windows with a view of palm trees and a serene courtyard, tons of natural light, freshly painted white walls, extensive closet space, etc. You get the picture.

The only piece of nice furniture my sister had was a beautiful lagoon-blue couch with a tufted back. This couch was her first real “grown up” purchase. And it was our base.

As I do with all my clients, I created a mood board to decipher her style. The mood board presents specific product recommendations and other design ideas to facilitate the styling process and help my clients stay within their budget. Coming out of law school, my sister had a few graduate loans so she insisted on sticking to a somewhat conservative budget for furnishing and moving on a gradual timeline.

I first drew inspiration from the architecture of her building and the neighboring apartments – all developed between the 1940’s-60s. My sister loves retro glamour, prints, and pops of color. When I asked her what her dream space looked like, she said “Somewhere between Liberaci and Palm Springs.” I suggested mixing mid-century pieces with modern elements and quirky accessories. Once we figured all of the formalities (direction of style and budget), we got to work. We also took on the mantra:

“Forget the rules. If you find something you absolutely love, just say YES to it!”

We invested in a couple splurge pieces e.g. her coffee table, a West Elm, Marble Oval Coffee Table for $599. We then went for the less expensive, functional pieces such as a white television console from Ikea. And, my sister – a lover of flea markets, picked up a couple great personal eccentric faves, which I incorporated throughout.

It’s almost better to go with some ‘inexpensive pieces” because by the time you start collecting your classic “lifetime” pieces, you’ll really have refined your personal taste.  

It was a labor of love, and my sister is the happiest she has ever been with her personal space. For that, I am grateful. It is an ever reminder of why I do what I do!

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