My boyfriend and I have hunkered down and seriously started saving for our first home which means that my love for home tours is currently in overdrive. And if I had my choice, we’d stop our search at this very second and move right in to this LA abode. With photos from Christine Choi Photography, let’s take a closer look.
From the home owner… We purchased our first home a little over a year ago and we’ve done quite a bit to it in a short time. While it’s not very big we figured there is no reason why it can’t be well decorated and a reflection of our styles. In it’s original state it needed an overhaul which included, all new hardwood flooring, kitchen remodel, new fireplace and built-ins. We had one month after purchase to complete the renovations, so decisions had to be made in a hurry. My Pinterest addiction had hit an all-time high! We ended up choosing dark hardwood floors for a dramatic effect and to balance the lighter walls, cabinets, and decor. I had to restrain myself from painting the entire interior white and ended up choosing Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Grey and White Dove for the trim for all but the nursery. We’ve added paintings, lighting, bookcases, and accent pieces since the initial renovation to our first home truly ours.
Our kitchen area leads to the living room in an open, great room design. It is not only a focal point in our home but also is our main eating area so we knew it needed to be something we would absolutely love! The Carrera Marble countertops and island are something we just had to have it is one of our favorite features of the kitchen. We think the Brass Hick’s pendants were a nice addition to room to add something a little unexpected. They also inspired us to mix metals throughout the home. The kitchen side of the great room opens up to our back yard through two large French doors. This creates a great setting for entertaining and al fresco dining.
Our living room is where we spend most of our time so we it needed to be comfortable, yet stylish. We wanted to have plenty of space to lounge so opted for this Restoration Hardware sectional accented with Moroccan wedding pillows (I knew I wanted to incorporate somewhere in my home) and Moroccan shag rug. I love mixing in budget friendly items like this ottoman from Overstock.com.
The entry way isn’t very large, but it is kind of on its own so we thought it would be a place to have a little fun with pops of color. While it’s always a challenge for us to commit to any art pieces, or anything on the walls for that matter, we think the painting selected here is perfect with it’s mixture of gold and color. It creates and inviting and curious start to our home tour.
The master bedroom we wanted to keep light and airy. We love a lot of white complemented with beige & grey tones. The mirrored dresser and silver lamps also help maximize the rooms natural light. It’s definitely the most relaxing, calming room in the house which was our goal!
In my mind a guest room is a perfect place to experiment. Here we decided to mix a bit of everything from monochromatic and floral prints to modern lamps, retro sunburst mirror, and lastly we added a vintage globe and dresser. The combination of eras and styles is a bit free-form, but it brings just the creative divergence the house needs.
The nursery I wanted to be soft, cool and calming, but with a bit of an edge. We combined some pieces that can transition into a little boys room, while still being a beautiful nursery for our little man. I love mixing the black and white rug and blanket with the sweet mobile and animal prints. Slight bits of gold hardware add complexity and reminds of metals pieces throughout the house. The room is surprisingly relaxing to rock our baby boy to sleep.
Photography: Christine Choi Photography
Bed & Bench: Restoration Hardware | Ceiling light: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child | Side tables and lamps: Horchow | Dresser: Z Gallerie | Throw Pillows: Etsy | LOVE print: madebygirl.com
Crib and bookcase: Potterybarn Kids | Rug and Dresser: Ikea (knobs from Lee Valley) | Mobile: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child | Animal art: Sharon Montrose | World is your oyster pillow: Etsy | Burlap bunting: Land of Nod | Blanket: Spearmint Love | Paint color: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl