I understand why our daughter, Alie wants to live in West Hollywood.
It has a laid back, nonjudgmental environment that encourages creativity…and you see it everywhere with the trendy shops, cool restaurants and forward interior design.
Plus, Alie got a good price on the rent and a fun, new room-mate in the music industry, named Staci.
Since the living room is long and narrow, we purchased two IKEA Hemnes bookcases to add height and flank the hand-me-down (but in good shape) white sofa (yay...free!).
Alie used an app called Handy...sort of like Uber to secure a handyman to put together the bookcases (thank God as I am NOT handy). She ordered the service Saturday afternoon and he came the next day.
We didn't have a lot of accessories to display..YET...and that's ok. Be particular when you are young (or any age). Collect things that have meaning to you. Like the oil painting and Buddha from Alie's uncle. Alie spent much of her youth traveling/living abroad with us and loves globes.
We went to Mood Fabrics on La Brea and both girls were drawn to this black, gray and magenta cut velvet. So we bought it. We also purchase new foam from Diamond Foam and Fabric...and I recovered Alie's chair seats.
- For over the sofa, find a vintage/flea market rectangular (hang vertically) or a square mirror like this one...Bamboo Mirror
- Flank the mirror with two plug in sconces like these...
- Add a white lacquer tray to the coffee table with your fashion/art books
- No rush...but you might want to add some more color (I know you both like it)...
all black like these…
- Replace your chandelier with the updated white burlap drum shade from World Market that we bought (around $30).
- Paint the six blank canvas's that you have for your modern art collection in your dining room. Get all those young talents you know to help…could be a party!While walking Chief, I spotted a garage sale in the neighborhood and Alie picked up this dresser for $25
- The rug is from IKEA and the drawers have been lined with this pretty Contact paper from Target.
- In her bedroom, Alie used an inexpensive IKEA frame for a free poster from a fashion show #affordable art
- She painted this Kreiss end table (formerly a pickled pink) from Salvation Army with Annie Sloan Provence.
He is better now and staying with Mom "B" (Alie) while I join Howard on a trip to South America!