Sometimes, I feel like Carrie Bradshaw on the West Coast–wearing my Jeffrey Campbell’s instead of Manolo Blahnik’s editing video packages and writing articles, because let’s face it, if Carrie Bradshaw was placed in this generation, she would be a multimedia journalist too!
Maybe a little different than Carrie is my fascination with history: as I sit in a my pinstripe armchair, I am wearing a rosy peasant top with puffy sleeves fit for the 19th century, tucked into a vintage burgundy velvet skirt painted with Japanese-looking flowers. You will find as I take you through my bachelorette pad, my interior decorating taste is like my personal style: quite eclectic.
I like mixing modern furniture with antique accents: a pristinely white, Hamptons-style couch with vintage gold-framed paintings and a light wood bookcase with colorful leather bound books (you can see classic titles like Anna Karenina, Le Morte De Arthur, etc.) I have collected over the years (one day I’ll have enough for my own library–just you wait!).
The whole room is tied together with my grandmother’s Persian rug that picks up on the reds and blues of my books and the hues of the abstract painting hanging over my couch. The painting is a wood block fashioned by a local artist in my hometown, which my brother gifted me as a housewarming gift!
My dining room and living room are a part of an open floor plan, so I wanted to make sure they blended well together! My dining table is a chestnut wood, with chairs of a grey upholstery to pick up on the white and grey armchair in the corner of the dining room and the grey of the bookcase across from the couch. Hanging over it is an original artist print from Society 6. I love this Marie Antoinette portrait meets pastel paint swipes print for its traditional yet modern look. You can also shop my own original prints from the online store here. To top off the table, I have a vase of fake peonies (because as much as I like the real ones, they have a very narrow season).
The balcony is where I do my best thinking, sing at the topic of my lungs like I am in a movie (no, not kidding), and do some writing. I also love taking friends up here for photos and drinks because during the day when it’s clear you can see the city of LA for miles and miles. At night it lights up like a sky full of stars—magical.
My bedroom is my sanctuary—where I like to curl up with a good book by antique lamplight while curled up in the white embroidered covers. I like the clean simplicity of white sheets, and think they are more me in their floral embroidery (a momento from another grandmother). My headbead captures the childhood obsession with fairytales in it’s princess-shape and upholstery edged with metallic grey buttons Above these more muted tones I added color with a Victorian French tapestry. I love how lifelike the tapestry feels—as if I could walk through the tapestry and find myself at a picnic in a forest in the 1830’s! I also added light pink toile pillows to the bed to further hone that French theme, even if the pillows are more 18th century rococo—a century behind the tapestry in style!
My bedroom is meant to be equal parts comforting as it is an art gallery. To the right of my bed is an Arthur Rackham illustration that is a head nod to my spirit animal: a swan. To the left of my bed are three art pieces that visually represent my personality: Waterhouse’s “The Lady of Shallott,” because of my obsession with Arthurian lit, a picture of the London skyline because I miss London town on the daily, and Van Gogh’s Books and Roses because, you guessed it! I adore books and roses.
Adjacent to my bed is my antique looking dresser with a whethered finish for good measure. I like the contrast between the grey-blue painted wood with Victorian leaf-like handles and the grey wood top that is the same as the one my bookcase is made (A lot of my furniture is from Wayfair!). Atop this dresser is a more modern take on a record player (what a paradox) with its vibrant pink flowers, offset by a Degas painting that hangs in an old-fashioned gold frame. You can find Coldplay’s Viva La Vida turning on the table, filling the room with the gorgeous sound that is Chris Martin’s voice!
What is your interior decorating style?
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