Your House Looks Good On You

by Abby Stone SOURCE Apartment Therapy

Just like the company you keep often defines your character, so does how you establish the look and feel of your digs.

They say that people grow to resemble their spouses or that they often look like their animals. What about their homes? Learning that I blog for Apartment Therapy, people are especially eager to show me their homes. I'm often surprised, however, to discover that my hipster friend, who drives a Prius and who's up on all the latest restaurants, favors a traditional home. Or that the woman with the frilly print dresses, dangling earrings and cat lives in a stark, modern home. Check out the homes of these recent house tour participants and see how closely they match their homes.

Jesse & Leia's Inspired Americana Bungalow 

Name: Jesse Keenan, Leia Everett, and our two kitties Libby and Nola
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Size: 585 Square Feet
Years lived in: 4 years

jesse and leia inspired americana bungalow

After a relaxing drive up to Santa Barbara, I visited the home of an endearing young couple living in a bungalow community. The row of homes was so quaint and pristine, I felt like I was in a time warp going back many years to when neighbors still borrowed a cup of sugar. It turns out the residents of this small community of homes do still borrow ingredients from each other, hang clothes on lines and carefully tend to their gardens. What makes Jesse and Leia's home even more nostalgic is that one of the bungalows was Leia's parents' first home, which they lived in over 40 years ago.

jesse and leia inspired americana bungalow

jesse and leia inspired americana bungalow

jesse and leia inspired americana bungalow

 

Emily & Erick's Modern Eclectic British Eccentric Bungalow 

Name: Emily and Erick Henson, plus Ella, 11 and Johnny, 8. Also Gracie, the French Bulldog and Cub and Betty, the cats.
Location: Highland Park — Los Angeles, CA
Size: 702 square feet (to be precise!) plus approximately 150 sf in converted garage. 2 beds, 1 bath (Jack and Jill style, between the bedrooms.) We recently moved our washer/dryer outside and turned the old laundry room/junk room into my son’s bedroom so there is a teeny tiny third bedroom now
Years lived in: Just over 5 years— Own

Emily and Ericks Modern Eclectic British Eccentric Bungalow

Emily Henson, a prop stylist and interior decorator, first debuted their home when she entered the Small Cool Contest. Showing off bright colors and clean white lines, this small but decorative home features plenty of DIY goodness and a lot of love.

Emily and Ericks Modern Eclectic British Eccentric Bungalow

Emily and Ericks Modern Eclectic British Eccentric Bungalow

Emily and Ericks Modern Eclectic British Eccentric Bungalow

Emily and Ericks Modern Eclectic British Eccentric Bungalow

 

Caitlin's Art Deco Apartment with a Parisian Flair 

Name: Caitlin Murray
Location: Beverly Hills — Los Angeles, California
Size: 700 square feet — 1 bed, 1 bath
Years lived in: 6 months

Caitlin's Art Deco Apartment with a Parisian Flair

I met Caitlin a few quarters into design school and immediately knew she had an inherent talent for interior design. When apartment hunting, Caitlin scouted out units with strong architectural features, knowing it would be much easier to complement a well-designed rental space. Like most students, the budget for home furnishings was very nominal after school tuition and material expenses . She relied on Craigslist finds, flea markets, and inexpensive sources to pull together a cohesive home on a student budget.

Caitlin's Art Deco Apartment with a Parisian Flair

Caitlin's Art Deco Apartment with a Parisian Flair

Caitlin's Art Deco Apartment with a Parisian Flair

 

Anthony & Gregory's 1912 Contemporary Craftsman 

Name: Anthony Franco, Clothing Designer and Wardrobe Stylist and Gregory Metcalf, Wardrobe Stylist and Pillow Designer
Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,782 square feet — 4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms
Years lived in: 5 years

Anthony and Gregory's 1912 Contemporary Craftsman

My friend told me about Anthony and Gregory's home and I welcomed the opportunity to check out a 1912 restored Craftsman home in Silver Lake. When they purchased their historic gem it was in poor condition, but as the only house on the street with an unrestricted view of the Hollywood Hills, Hollywood sign, and Griffith Observatory, the hilltop home had potential to be something spectacular. Walking through their front door for the first time, I was greeted with a contemporary, well designed, and very personal home. Also, did I mention four cute dogs fill the home with life and energy?

Anthony and Gregory's 1912 Contemporary Craftsman

Anthony and Gregory's 1912 Contemporary Craftsman

Anthony and Gregory's 1912 Contemporary Craftsman

 

Ashley's Lovely & Eclectic Studio 

Name: Ashley Jones
Location: Hancock Park / Mid-Wilshire — Los Angeles, California
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 7 months — rented

Ashley's Lovely and Eclectic Studio

Ashley Jones, co-founder of Dime Piece Designs, has a cozy apartment that overlooks the city and oozes original style. Her uncluttered approach to design houses many vintage and second hand finds like vinyl records, an amazing couch and kitchen table, and her jewelry collection. Everything in this home is carefully picked and placed with elements of true style.

Ashley's Lovely and Eclectic Studio

Ashley's Lovely and Eclectic Studio

Ashley's Lovely and Eclectic Studio

Ashley's Lovely and Eclectic Studio

Photo credits: Bethany Nauert