Get ready for the longest blog post, EVER! So, my home tour is finally here! Oliver and I moved in June 2017 and have been working tirelessly ever since. We’ve remodeled this place from head to toe. If you are new here, first of all, WELCOME! Secondly, I live in Brentwood which is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA and it’s neighboring with Santa Monica on the west, so we are fairly close to the beach. I’d say this is the closest you can get without living in a total shoebox. With that being said, our condo is about 1,000 sq. ft so we really got a lot of goodness in a small space. It is a 3 level space, so lots of stairs, but nice and spread out.
Scroll through to check out all the pics and renovations and if you’re into it, I also made a Youtube video with the whole tour!
1st Floor: Master Bedroom
So the thing I loved most about our condo is the huge master suite. Living in tiny LA apartments for the past few years and then coming to this feels amazing. It’s kind of like it’s own oasis.
We just upgraded to a king size bed so we’re thrilled with all the space! We’re in love with this bed frame as well. I also just got our nightstands recently, as we got our vintage credenza for our living room on craigslist first, and then these nightstands magically popped up at a vintage store a couple of months later, it was so meant to be! I mean, I was looking for new nightstands for months and really couldn’t find any that I loved. It was fate.
I also just got this super cute chair for Christmas that matches my bed perfectly right next to my extra storage closet where I keep my some of my clothes. I got the storage closet at Ikea and I switched out the handles. I bought the handles at Ikea as well because I wanted the correct size but they came in silver so I used metallic spray paint and made them gold!
Renovations // Master Bedroom
The second I saw this room I knew it needed a serious makeover. One of the first projects I did was tackle the stone fireplace. These stones can be very dated but it’s also super expensive to rip out so I definitely wanted to look up some price efficient options. I found a tutorial on how to whitewash the stones and it only took me about a weekend!
*If you’re interested in this tutorial leave me a comment below and I’ll leave the instructions I followed.
Check out the before and after pics, I think it seriously changed the room. It could be seen as more modern and with the right kind of care, it could be super cool in the future!
We also took the walls from a dark grey to a bright white to make the room lighter and brighter. And took out all of the carpet and replaced it with wide plank, white oak engineered hardwood floors. I’m seriously in love with these light floors!
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If you couldn’t tell by my millions of photos of my bathroom, I’m kind of obsessed with how it turned out. This was by far the biggest project to tackle in this house and after months, stress and hard work, it came out pretty amazing.
I’ll leave some before photos below, but basically everything except the cabinets on the vanity is new. We had an extra piece of countertop from the kitchen so thankfully we were able to use that! Countertops are supposedly the most expensive part, so word of advice, if you’re on a budget is to buy a vanity that already has a countertop! It will save some money and stress. I can’t tell you how stressed I was that my contractor not only f*cked up my countertop once, but twice! Yeah, we were supposed to have an undermount sink (one you couldn’t see) but he didn’t know how to cut countertops so here we are. I’m actually kind of stoked on my drop in sink though. As for the edges he messed up, I had to bring in a proper fabricator to fix his mistakes and I’m so thankful for them! (If you’re in LA area it’s JNA Marble that fixed everything for me, highly suggest!) We also painted the vanity a light grey and replaced the hardware to match all of the brass tones.
Before, we had 2 showers side by side, which was kind of weird! The one on the left was an enclosed shower made of plastic. Honestly it was kind of creepy, so we literally never even used it (not even once!) and kept our laundry baskets in there. Now it’s a linen closet. On the right we had a tub/ shower combo which is now a full shower.
I also loved the graphic marble hexagon tiles! I really wanted to play with a bold floor tile and I had my sights set on these for the past year. We also did a tiny marble hexagon on the floor or the shower which I love because it kind of breaks up all of the marble. And then for the sower walls we did a wide marble tile going vertically because I loved the look of a basic subway tile but thought it would get old super fast. Going wide on the tile feels more elevated and going vertically rater than horizontally just feels a bit different.
As for the brass finishes, we started with Delta faucets and fixtures in the Champagne Bronze color and went from there. We even got our towel hooks, toilet paper holder and toilet lever in this color, so a lot of the bathroom is the same shade of brass. Pick a starting color you love and then make sure to match everything from there.
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1st Floor Patio
My 1st floor patio is attached to my bedroom so I wanted to make it a super relaxing space. I got these super comfy chairs and pillows at Target and then to spice it up I added this graphic rug. I wasn’t in love with the red brick underneath personally for my style, so this was a cost effective and easy way of making your deck cool. My condo building exterior also hasn’t been painted in awhile so to hide the unsightly stucco I got this wood screen and nailed it into the wall. It also creates a little more privacy even between neighbors.
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2nd Floor Patio
My 2nd Floor Patio is super simple and easy, this patio gets more sun the other so I wanted to create a chill space where we could catch some rays. My dogs mostly hang out here but sometimes I love to just sit out with my coffee and enjoy.
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2nd Floor: Living Room
Welcome to my Living Room! With super, super tall ceilings and open space, we love to hang out here! The couch is my favorite place to be (lol). We brought this couch with us from our last apartment but everything else is new to this space. I recently got this coffee table (I think within the last year?) because I wanted the space to feel more open and yeah, I also have a thing for circles as you can tell. This credenza is also matching to our master bedroom nightstands, which I love. I had so much fun creating this cozy but modern space!
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I seriously love my little dining area! Since it’s an open space, I really wanted this to be a chic little area. I replaced the chandelier once moving in because I thought it would really tie it all together. Again with the circles, I opted for a 4 seater glass table because I didn’t want a big table to take up this space. Also, the glass is super easy to clean unlike wood tables we’ve had in the past so I’m happy about an easy table!
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So just past my dining area is my kitchen (which we also just renovated!) I’m seriously obsessed with how it turned out, I always love a white kitchen. I was dreaming of this herringbone style marble backsplash and I’m happy with how it turned out! This was our first project with tile though, so I did learn about waste and this backsplash had a ton of it. We ended up having to buy a ton of extra sheets that we did not plan for just because of the special cuts needed and the skill here!
I also went with a rubbed bronze finish on the fixtures and hardware because I thought it played well with the traditional style of the home and the light counters, backsplash and cabinets. With all of my accessories I loved rose gold and raw wood (such as my spice holder, cutting boards, etc.) Also, I loved a very simple but pretty print, like this palm tree one to fill the space of the empty wall.
When we moved in, the previous owners left it so dirty and disgusting, they had mold all in the fridge and the oven had years worth of caked on food, so we immediately upgraded to stainless steel appliances the day before we moved in. They also had shabby chic style painted cabinets which we had painted white before we moved in as well. And don’t even get me started on the red tile counters, yuck! Check out the before pics.
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One of my favorite projects to date (and most time consuming, AND most difficult) was my DIY makeover to my stair banisters. My stairs were carpet previously so those were replaced but the banisters were also a shiny, orange toned oak so I definitely saw this as a project when we moved in.
I knew it was going to be super hard to sand with a tool, so I got a sander deglosser liquid and with a pack of thin rags from the hardware store and probably a day or 2 of rubbing, I was able to sand the shine off and get down to the wood.
After I was done sanding, I taped and put plastic around every single post and wall so that nothing would be ruined (be careful on this step! The stain will STAIN!) and I used staining pads and angled brushes with a poly stain in black satin and did a few coats over the next few days. (P.S. trust me when I say that this stain is your best option! I tried a few different gel stains and separate poly coats and had to start completely over. Which turned into like a month worth of weekends for me! Yikes). Also, a satin is your best option as a gloss will be VERY shiny.
3rd Floor: Office / Guest Bedroom
Right when you pop upstairs, my office and guest oasis are there! I got a small desk so that it could fit nicely into this little cut out in the wall. And for extra light, I’m obsessed with this plug in pendant and rope swag kit. It’s the perfect corner to get sh*t done.
Opposite to my desk, I have a sleeper sofa (pulls out to a queen size bed!) for when we have guests over. I can also escape up here to watch Netflix or stream youtube videos on my TV above my desk. My puppy Penny here claims this room so she’s always up here and hides her favorite toys!
I also love to switch up the artwork up here, even though I’m kind of obsessed with the prints I ave in there right now. As there isn’t much light up here, I also have a lamp and a multi light chandelier.
As for renovations, we replaced the flooring, as it was carpet before, painted the walls and ceiling white to brighten up the space, and there was a fan previously where the chandelier is now, but it didn’t really work and wasn’t bright enough, so we switched it out.
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As for the bathroom, we didn’t even touch this space. I was in love with the vintage clawfoot tub, the patterned tin walls, and the vintage glass window. I love to escape up here and relax in the tub, and in the morning when the light comes through the window, there’s little rainbows all over the room.
All in all, I’m so happy to see this space transform and can’t wait to keep tweaking it. I don’t know why but I can’t stop thinking about interiors! Maybe I have a second calling, lol! Until next time…