I moved from San Francisco to Santa Monica last August, and with only two week’s notice I managed to snag a great little studio on the Westside. Three hundred and fifty square feet wasn’t much to work with, especially when I didn’t want to feel like I lived in a bedroom. A decorator friend of my mom’s, Teresa Moffett, assured me that the space had potential. She was right.
Lighting can be expensive, but needn’t be if you get creative. Moffett, assisted by my mom, put together two hanging light fixtures that add a soft, warm feel. These fixtures provide an old Hollywood vibe and the diffused light they cause is reminiscent of lighting from the talkies of yore – which I like. They also saved me from the all too common harsh overhead light so typical in modern apartments. I also found a stand up lamp at Tai Pan Trading that served a more utilitarian purpose, with a shade that fit the decor.
The composition of three vintage Vogue prints look complete next to the mirrored partial screen, which separates the bed from the wall heater.
The silver bedspread I started with didn’t create quite the luxurious effect I hoped to see. Switching to the shimmery, deep red helped tie the room together and really accentuated the array of pillows that take up most of my bed space – seriously I sleep on a fourth of the bed and leave the rest to the pillows. Having pillows in a variety of colors and textures adds depth to the space and let the mirrored screen better mask the intrusive heater.
Small details worked wonders to make the space unique. The leopard chair, a matching footstool lined with black feathers looks Hollywood-esque. The old-timey wire frame bodice – reminiscent of a birdcage – draws the eye. The velour fainting chair is actually comfortable and fits the mood of the room. The tailor’s dress earring holder artfully organizes what would otherwise be a mess in my jewelry box, if I had one.
On a final note: spray paint can fix almost anything. Despite the decorator’s displeasure I managed to convince her that my IKEA Poang chair had to stay. We compromised by spray-painting the lack colored frame black and ordering a new cushion in black, to replace the faded red one. While the chair isn’t the focal point of the room, without it I wouldn’t feel at home in the space and that is really what’s important when it comes to decorating – the space has to feel like home.