Jan 20

Studio Style…

Posted In Art, Budget, Clothing, Decorating, Move-in's, Organization, Styling, Uncategorized

Hoiyin (see her fun blog here) lives in a cute basement apartment in a backwoods Orange County neighborhood. (YES… they DO exist!)  The tiny studio came furnished, but she wanted to add a few of her own pieces to personalize it and to reflect her childhood in China. Here you can see how she has hung some of her favorite Chinese dresses around her studio, using the seldom worn items as decorative art. When a special event does come up, she removes one of the dresses from the wall and puts it on!




Storage was non-existent in when she moved in, so she brought in racks, hooks, baskets and bins to organize everything:  hats, jewelry, scarves, shoes, underwear, t-shirts… you name it.  Hoiyin forwarded these pictures to me last week after reading my blog on using items you’ve collected to decorate your home. She has taken that advice to heart, using beautiful clothing, jewelry and accessories from around the world to decorate her apartment. Hoiyin claims that dressing each day has become infinitely easier… with much of what she owns visible she can just look around the room and view her choices. Not only is everything easy to see, but she can enjoy the beauty of all of her things on a daily basis.



Most importantly, Hoiyin has taken a furnished studio and completely personalized it.  It’s small, and somewhat temporary, but now she walks in the door at the end of the day and her apartment feels warm, comfortable and just like home.

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Apr 08

San Francisco Apartment Living

Posted In Art, Decorating, Move-in's, Travel, Uncategorized

Just back from a crazy quick “gals-only” road trip to SF.   We were 2 moms and 1 daughter with the express goal of giving another daughter, a recent college graduate and hard working city dwelling woman, a pretty place to live .

Decorating help needed here!

We arrived in a highly caffeinated and sugared-up state, ready to unload the pickup truck we’d filled with $300 worth of flea market finds.   She already had the basics…a double bed, 2 vintage dressers, an Ikea futon, several lamps and the piece de resistance…a giant work of art she and her boyfriend had created by throwing paper plates full of paint.

Paint Party

We mixed in our shopping spree finds…real personality pieces like the yellow club chair and ottoman, ($25 at the Irvine flea market!!) oil paintings,  fab formica kitchen table with 4 chairs, fabric panels and a giant pillow sewn from a silk San Francisco scarf.  Our work was fast and furious…the apartment looked great and was all ready for her when she came home from work a few hours later.  (Watermelon margaritas were ready too!)  She was SO happy.

Home Sweet Home

Happy at home

Our favorite part…of this studio was the “L” shape that allowed us to make the bedroom area look and feel separate from the living room.

Bedroom featuring the art masterpiece

Afterwards….fun dinner and toasts on Post St.

Fun time!

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