It’s been ONE YEAR since I moved to LA!
Ok, ok. It will be one year in November, but I’m one to round up and exaggerate time pretty often. Regardless, I moved August 1 into a new apartment! I began my LA journey subletting with 3 friends in a great 4 bedroom in Beverlywood. But when it was time to apartment shop I knew I wanted to change up locations and head to West Hollywood because it’s a neighborhood I fell in love with for walkability, amazing food, plethora of fitness studios I love (think Playlist Yoga, Rise Nation, Lit Method, Health House, Carrie’s Pilates - you’ve seen them all on my Instagram!) It’s also close to my co-working space, The Wing.
Brayton is one of my best friends, and chances are you’ve seen him on social media as well. We met in middle school. Yup, this guy has been making me laugh and supporting my shenanigans since we were fifteen. I credit him for giving me the courage to make this move cross country, and his support and love is pretty incredible. We were lucky and found the cutest 2 bedroom that felt perfect for us - so we signed the lease. I have to say, committing to a lease over a sublet felt terrifying because it made this move feel more… real. I came to LA with no expectations of how long or if I’d stay at all. Now I am settling in and creating a home base on the opposite coast of my friends and family back home in Philly, and I’m in awe of the growth and shifts that have taken place this year.
Anyway, back to the real purpose of this blog… the home reveal! I knew I wanted to make my new apartment feel like home, and a true reflection of ME.
Before we go room by room, but a couple things to remember about my space it’s 2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bath - 920 square feet. Not tiny, but certainly a space that could feel small very quickly if we overdid it on furniture and… clutter. Having my apartment feel open and spacious is very important to me, I can not stand a cramped space. It’s difficult to work in clutter, feel creative there, or relax. And while there are still some finishing touches I want to add to each room (a rug here, art there, a book shelf over there), its relatively complete because I want it to always stay this simplified. Luckily when I moved here I brought 2 suitcases - that’s IT. So I’ve been able to be intentional and minimal as I collected things over the past few months.
Arguably the most important room in my space because it’s where we spend the majority of our time! I wanted to be conscious of budget for the pieces of furniture that don’t matter to me as much (like the tv console and tv itself), but get larger pieces I really LOVE and that I’ll have for years to come. I also wanted it to feel relaxed, and dare I say slightly “boho” (ugh that term is so overused) but modern and mid century modern inspired. I love the mix of the marble, leather, metals and woven rug. I kept the colors neutral but wanted to add plenty of texture, my large plant from Bloomscape and again… keep it simple and clean and clear.
I partnered with Industry West for my favorite pieces in my apartment - the coffee table and an accent chair - to really tie everything together. I fell in the love with the marble and rose gold - I just loved the lines of the base of the table! I also liked the mix of leather and wood in this clean and sleek arm chair. It’s also SO comfortable, without being bulky or taking up too much space in our already small area.
Industry West offers industrial, mid century modern furniture that fit the exact vibe I was going for. Shop their furniture here.
I worked with Opposite Wall to put together a small gallery of 3 line drawings to hang over the sofa and pull the entire look together.
Couch: Steal A Sofa** Local to LA and discounted furniture, so supplies limited
Coffee Table: St. Clair Table from Industry West
Accent Chair: Olsen Chair from Industry West
Birds of Paradise Plant: Bloomscape
Leather Moroccan Pouf: Wayfair
Media Console: Wayfair
Art: Opposite Wall
While I wouldn’t classify it as it’s own room, our dining area is attached to the living space and jus before our balcony.
I kept this big floor length mirror in the dining room to bounce some of that light from the balcony sliding doors and kitchen (my mom’s idea, TBH). I actually trash picked this mirror, and I once planned to paint it but for now I’m liking the color of the wood frame. I absolutely love that it’s so large and makes a bit of a statement. I read that having a mirror in your bedroom is actually NOT a good idea, it’s against Feng shui.
The dining room table is from Ikea - I didn’t want to invest in something beautiful or formal for this just yet. I also found the chairs on Amazon, you can see them here. CHEAP! And get the job done. Very easy to assemble and I liked that the legs picked up the color in the mirror.
The funky photo of this fabulous tribal woman? Found her at a vintage store honestly by accident, she was attached to another painting I was looking at and something about her, just had to have it. I framed it and added it to this corner. Eventually I’ll add another plant and plant stand in that corner as well, for another detail.
I keep the dining room table clear except a crystal or two and candles - so many candles in our home. This KUSH candle is the best blend of masculine and feminine. It’s a great scent for our home because while I love sweet and girly scents, I also enjoy the heavy musky scent of tobacco and woods - and he prefers that direction as well :)
I fell in love with this kitchen. It’s bright, the cabinets are LIGHT (I have this thing with dark cabinets) and it’s the perfect size. Not obnoxious to clean, but exactly what we need. I keep sage and palo santo on the window sill and light one of them each morning. I also keep an oil diffusor with cheerful scents and
The accessories are minimal - a macrame that a friend of mine made for the very first GOOD Fest in 2017. I will have it in my home forever - even when the macrame trend REALLY dies (it kinda has, right?) simply because of the significance. I bought fresh bright hand towels from Target and tons of new kitchen accessories and pink plates. Yes, pink plates - Bray is a saint putting up with the “divine feminine apartment chic” theme I’ve told him we’re sticking with.
I also recently bought a Berkey water filter and hands down best investment I’ve ever made. The price tag made my stomach ache, but the water tastes…. just better. Way better. I know there are so many filters and systems on the market but the more I research these filters, the more I’m sold that I made the right choice. And I’ll have it for years! The first round of carbon filters lasts 16,000 gallons.
Berkey Filter: Amazon
Berkey Filter Stand: Amazon
As far as cleaning supplies? They’re housed in this room so I might as well tell you the deets. I’ve been using Branch Basics for my all purpose, bathroom, and window cleaning sprays and love the brand. They send you 1 large bottle of concentrate and several other bottles labeled. Then you use the pre measured amounts of concentrate to water, and continue to fill it as you use it. So wayyyyy less waste! The concentrate is also clean using non toxic ingredients.
Branch Basics: Check them out here!
Ahhh my peaceful and serene bedroom. It’s so minimal and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The ONLY thing it’s missing is 1 large plant from Bloomscape which I’m ordering later this month when I’m back home from traveling and eventually a cozy rug. I get really indecisive with rugs, in fact I am still not sold on my rug in the living room, but… oh well. A new desk would be a good investment at some point. This one is super cheap off amazon, but not a priority. I tend to work in the dining room anyway.
My mattress is low key the most comfortable one I’ve ever slept on. When I have friends visit from out of town, they say the same. It was gifted to me from Allswell, but it’s SO affordable! Honestly I was blown away by the comfort given the price. So if you’re moving (and as overwhelmed as I was by the costs associated with furnishing, it’s a great option!)
I recieved pillows and bedding from them as well, linked it all below…
Mattress: The Allswell
Duvet Cover: Allswell
Sheets: Grund America** These are organic and damn, are they soft.
Print: Opposite Wall
So with a crisp white bed and basic white platform bed frame (I store boxes and my suitcases under my bed), I just needed a couple cute pillows to give it a pop of color. I found these at the Rosebowl flea market and they’re NEW (Los Angeles Flea Markets don’t only sell used/old stuff) and actually amazing quality. I paid a bit more for them ($70 per pillow) - but just loved them so much.
Brayton actually gifted me both the side table and the Ikea accent chair when he was over them in his space. I keep my tarot cards, crystals, Himalayan pink salt lamp and essential oils on my side table.
The lamp? Target. Can’t go wrong.
Art?? Opposite Wall, just like the living room!
So there ya have it, my new apartment, in fullllll detail!
How did I do with piecing everything together?? Most importantly who’s coming over to hang??