During the last few years we have done quite a lot of work to our house. I tried to photograph how beautiful everything turned out but I couldn’t capture it the way a professional could. I visited my friend Samantha’s lovely house and she told me her friend Marisa Vitale was a photographer and I should reach out to her. I was hoping to hire Marisa to photograph our house (since we are leaving it for a year) when she said she wanted to shoot it for Apartment Therapy!! I have been a fan of AT for years but I never thought our house was sophisticated enough to be featured. We had to fill out a questionnaire and one of the questions was “How do you describe your design style?” This was the hardest for me to answer because all that came to mind is “This is the home of a thirteen year old girl after she saw Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette!” I somehow managed to come up with a more adult answer but I cannot grasp how far we have come with this little house of ours. I went through phases of loving our house, completely hating it (mostly due to horrible neighbors across the street and bad water pressure) and then falling head over heels in love again. The bright and colorful way Marisa captured our home makes me so happy. I wish I could share all 206 photos with you because they are all my favorites but I will narrow them down best I can. Thank you Sam for connecting me with Marisa! Thank you Marisa for being so kind, talented and fun to hang with. Thank you Apartment Therapy for showcasing all our hard work and sacrifice to the world. I am honored to have our home among many other interiors I admire. Yay, here is our 1923 California bungalow home…
These are some of the outtakes of our family photos. How am I wearing heels and Antz is still taller than me? This one is my fave of the bunch.
Apartment Therapy used this one, which has my signature look at the sky weird thing I do and Liv almost has her eyes closed. It definitely represents us best.
In the living room there was much debate over which slipcover to put on the couch. We both agreed the blue slipcover was too much color and the white would make the pillows and our throw pop.
Our lovely Rifle & Paper Co Marie Antoinette portrait never gets shown because I rarely photograph that part of the room.
Physiognomy by Mark Seliger was one of the first “grown up” books I ever purchased about 12 years ago. I finally have cool coffee table books displayed on my coffee table!
I’m super stoked about our new lady llama! Antz first saw her at Dotter on York Ave and I knew she would be perfect for an empty space on our wall. Everything came together perfectly.
We had the prints made from Artifact Uprising.
Don’t you think llamas are the new elephants?
It’s hard to show a good shelfie because the couch is in the way but at least you can see our new plant from Folia Collective. We were in Pasadena one night getting ice cream when we found this cute, tiny plant shop. I almost didn’t go in because it look terribly expensive but I was surprised. The most expensive plant in the store was $38! We got called out in the comments of our house tour for the sad looking fiddle fig on our porch but little do they know how long we lived with zero plants in our house.
I wish I took photos inside but the shop is super tiny and there were so many customers.
We bought seven new plants for the house and guess what guys? They are still green and alive months later!!
Now let’s talk about that gorgeous bouquet! I knew I wanted something extra special for that vase. It’s very wide so I knew it had to be substantial. I have always admired IrisBarryBlooms on Instagram so this was the perfect occasion to have something customized for our home. My only request was very colorful and fun, and Michelle is the sweetest. She exceeded my expectations and really nailed our color palette. Thank you so much for creating this showstopper! Check out her website here.
That’s right, we have a dining room, library, music room and office all in this one space! #smallhousesolutions Olivia’s piano teacher (our awesome next door neighbor Lisa) uses cute stickers to help Liv remember her finger placement.
And just to the right, we have our bar. Our old bar was a clunky DIY. I’m telling you, house design is mostly trial and error. We lived with the same furniture for so long, we had no idea we could find something functional, affordable and pretty.
This is the same space full of Earthy tones back in 2009! Why were sticks in a vase a trend?
Now into the kitchen. I love that after five years it still looks modern and fresh. We haven’t changed much in there except a new set of pots and pans I got on sale for Christmas. In the future, I may change out the white subway tile backsplash into something more colorful.
If I could have one dream item, I would love a La Chanche range in Rose Quartz. They are French and so fancy I would be embarrassed to cook my Top Ramen noodles on it. Sadly, they cost as much as a small car.
New plant and macramé holder alert!
I don’t think I have shown our hallway/art gallery on my blog before. I have no idea how to photograph such a narrow and dark space but Marisa used her tripod and got it all.
I am super sad we aren’t taking any of his artwork to Paris with us. However, they are too big to pack and I wouldn’t want to risk them getting damaged in our luggage. I already loaned the giant portrait of Olivia to my Mom to keep at her house (I hope I get it back!)
Did I mention we had our bedroom painted during the October break? Antz and I were going to paint it ourselves but laziness and procrastination set in so we hired FIVE dudes to paint this little room! Really, we hired one handyman but he showed up with all these guys. Oh! Next time a dude at the paint store tries to sell you the fancy “one coat” premium paint, don’t fall for it. We were told one gallon would cover the green and the trim in this room but ended having to buy 4 gallons (which meant 3 more trips to the hardware store and $200 more dollars). As fun and colorful as the old bedroom looked, I think it made the space feel cluttered and I wanted to create a more streamlined look for the small space.
It took me awhile to adjust to the all-white room. I love white, it’s my favorite color to wear but it felt so cold and sterile before we added the artwork and accessories. I wish we had the budget for a new ceiling fan but we couldn’t find anything we liked and we didn’t want to pay an electrician.
I have never connected with an artist (other than Antz) that gets me like Carissa Potter Carlson. I have been super stressed about our move to Paris that this Things Will Work Out print has been my daily mantra.
Those striped brogues have been in my closet for months because they are so pretty I don’t dare wear them outside. Well, last week I finally gave in and wore them to our visa appointment for good luck. I’ll let you know how it went in my next post!
Liv’s room was the only room we only needed to straightening up. Once a month I attempt to get rid of stuff she has outgrown or no longer plays with (she’s currently in a Nintendo Switch and iPad phase) however, she swears she still plays with everything so I haven’t made much progress. Next week she is going to a sleepover and most of her toys are going into storage to make room for whoever ends up in our house.
I don’t think I’ll ever take down her baby mobile her Dad made before she was born.
I am grateful that I have these photos to remember her little girl room before her next tween remodel. I’m curious to what color she’ll choose next. I’m kinda over the pink.
Lastly our newly renovated bathroom. The least loved room in the house is now the most loved. I can’t stop staring at this stunning artwork Antz painted for me while we were visiting my Mom. I am the luckiest girl in the world to be married to this talented guy!
I bought that basket from Anthropologie to use as a hamper for our wet towels but Antz said it would make a nice planter for our new guy. He fit in perfectly.
I love her so much!!
So that’s our house tour. I am kicking myself because we spent all day with lovely Marisa and the only photo I took of her was while she was working. Marisa, thank you so much! I owe you a big hug and all our gratitude.
92 thoughts on “Our House Tour on Apartment Therapy”
Lovely home! And Lovely green dress! Where did you buy it?
Thank you so much! I got it a year ago from ModCloth.
This house is pretty Dope . like lets be friends
Your home is very beautiful
I really enjoyed your post and the pics. Thanks for sharing.
How funny! I recently saw your article on apartment therapy and now it popped up again in my newsfeed. Love your style! 🙂
Amazing pictures! I loved every single details of your house! It makes me happy 🙂
Love all the sweet little quirky things in your home! That’s definitely my style too! Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” has actually been a big influence on pieces for a solo art show I’m working on right now, so I totally get it- the colors and patterns! Love it!
That sounds amazing, I would love to see your artwork. Marie Antoinette is my absolute favorite movie. I love that she snuck a pair of blue Converse in a scene!
I had never noticed that before! I had to go look it up- they are totally there! OMG! That makes me even happier now…
I will definitely be putting my artwork up on my blog once I make some more headway with it. I would love for you to check it out! I love sharing my work with others!
What a home!!!! I love your use of colors! Absolutely my style. I’ll definitely follow your blog in the future. A bientôt!
I love how bright & vibrant your apartment is. Super cute!
I love you style. I swear looking at these pictures made me smile. I absolutely love it!
Your home is a gorgeous and imaginative reflection of who you are – a gorgeous and imaginative family. Every photo shows how creatively you’ve designed your home. Full of life, color, fun, and whimsy. What a lovely ten minutes I just spent and I’m going back for another ten. Have a great time on your year’s sabbatical.
Thank you for saying such lovely words.
I love all the vibrant colors and patterns and art everywhere!
So glad you have photo memories of your daughter’s room too! She will grow in a blink! Enjoy every moment!!! Looks like you are!!! Just lovely!!!!
I love everything!! Right now, we’re struggling with organization. Your house is an inspiration. Really lovely. 🙂
Love all the colors in your house!!
Beautiful family – incredible home!
Your house is just beautiful
The fried egg ug or whatever it was was my favourite! Lifts the spirits! Thanks. V. F G!
It looks amazing 😀 looks like such a fun and colorful house 🙂
I love how you decorated your house! And your family pictures are so cute and stylish! <3
Beautifully done… bravo
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I see why you got featured in AT! Your house looks fun!
Beautiful! What an amazing home.
Your home is absolutely gorgeous!!! It is beautifully decorated, and I love all the bright spaces. I love that it is colorful and carefully curated, without feeling staged. Absolutely stunning!!
I grew up in apartments in NY City which was basically run down dumps in marginal neighborhoods.
We moved to a housing project in Queens which was a step up from my other places. So I appreciate what you did to your space. Looks great.
What a beautiful family & home.
An absolutely cheerful, beautiful, and delightful space. I loved seeing the colours and how white walls can pop when you put the right things with it. Thanks for sharing. I will be following your posts!
Thank you so much for the sweet comment!
The description though…
You home beautiful. I very glad to follow your site
Going through your home felt real. It’s ‘beautifully beautiful’ thanks for sharing
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You have a lovely home. It is my style and it looks Pinterest Inspired. I seriously love it.
Wow, what a compliment, thanks!
very beautiful! so much attention to detail behind the design
Your house is gorgeous and so full of life!
Will you adopt me so I can live there? Your home is so beautiful.
Thanks so much!
Your pictures are so vibrant!
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I adore your yellow front door! Your home is beautiful! What a happy cheerful space to come home to each day!
Your home is so beautiful.
I love the colors! I’m moving next weekend to a one bedroom apt with a 10 month old and my husband. Need to figure out how to decorate.
Congrats! You can find great stuff for affordable prices at World Market (I always ask if they have furniture floor samples because I get them for up to 70% off!) I also like to find vintage pieces on Etsy.com.
That’s a great idea! Thank you so much! I’m so excited to move in and start decorating!
Thank you! 🤗
Very beautiful home 👍
Comfy. How do you keep the place neat??
Luckily Antz keeps things neat and tidy!
Absolutely lovely home.. and your daughter is simply beautiful. Somehow your home reminds me of a luxurious pallet of bright oil paints. Very original too with some modern twists.. I’m a big fan of the Llama family too particularly Alpacas 💗 their long elegant necks and gorgeous fur!
Olivia wants us to buy her an alpaca!
Omg imagine lol that would be amazing what colour would she like cream white brown or black
Love the color pops throughout the house, and the artwork… so much character to every space.. beautiful.. And quirky.
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Oh my, it’s gorgeous!!!
It’s so beautiful! Love it
What a riot if colours!!
beautiful! so inspiring!!!
your house is amazing
I love how you mesh so many bright colors together seamlessly. What a lively and lovely home!
I like your home
I think this is my dream house.
Thanks Erin Nicole! That’s so sweet to say 🙂
Wow – what a brilliantly cool house. I love that contrast of white and vibrant colour, and you’ve got some gorgeous art work. You have inspired me!
Thanks so much! I’m happy you liked it.
Wow its beautiful !!
Such pretty, bright and lovely pictures! Your home is a work of love 🙂
– Susmita from Local Feedback
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Your house is so colourful and the contrast with white makes it look so elegant. Lovely house!! Your house is a true example for all those like me who dream of having elegant along with colourful vibes in the house.
Such a happy looking house!
I enjoyed reading your blog. I would like to decorate my house so beautifully. I recently traveled and was able to put a few items for my house, I can’t wait to complete it.
What a beautiful family and a beautiful home!! Love this post!!
Wow! I really like the colors you used, and the way you decorated. It gives me inspiration for my apartment. Thank you for sharing!
Such beautiful home! So many bright and vibrant colors yessss!
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All the colors are gorgeous! I’d love to know more about the art over the fireplace!
Thanks Brittany! My husband painted it for me as a housewarming gift.
Wow, how beautiful. So many colours!!
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