By By Vanessa Brunner | Houzz
Small spaces leave little room for unnecessary objects — the best accessories do double duty. Jessica Lundby kept this in mind while decorating her 410-square-foot Los Angeles apartment. Her colorful vintage style flows from room to room, but no space goes to waste. “I’m inspired by practicality,” Lundby says. “Everything should be functional and should have a purpose. If I’m going to redesign a room or start a new project, it’s because something about the color or flow isn’t working properly.”
Houzz at a Glance
- Who lives here: Jessica Lundby
- Location: Los Angeles
- Size: 410 square feet
Lundby’s building is one of the few in her neighborhood that went up during the post–World War II housing shortage, so the vintage style fits.
Most of her furniture is vintage, thanks to her great love of flea markets and antique stores. But she’s been lucky enough to snag some great things from her family, too. “For some things, like the Eames lounge chair, it’s great to have a generous family with good taste,” she says.
Game board on wall: antique store in Kansas; green footlocker: Pasadena City College flea market
A row of windows leading from the living room to the kitchen lets plenty of warm light into the adjoining spaces. Lundby wanted a caramel color for this room, so she mixed it herself with leftover paint until she got exactly what she wanted.
Lundby’s kitchen table is one of her favorite pieces in her home. It looks beautiful with the Eames plywood chairs and is almost identical to the café tables in the last scene of Annie Hall. “I pretend that it was one of them. And really, it might have been,” she says. Kitchen of the Week: Vintage Charm in LA.
Wall paint: Card Room Green, Farrow & Ball; table: This Is Not Ikea
Green chalkboard paint gives the kitchen a bold jolt of color and an ever-changing work of art. Lundby loves color and repaints all of her rooms at the drop of a hat. “So far, I hope I’ve achieved a good overall balance of warm and cool, and an interesting set of colors that sets just the right tone for each room,” she says. “But who knows what the whole thing will look like three months from now?” Dress Up Your Appliances With Homemade Chalkboard Paint.
The turquoise tile on the kitchen counters is one of the things that initially drew Lundby to the bright and colorful apartment. And plant life is a must — her next big project is to build window boxes for herbs and flowers outside the kitchen windows.
Black bathroom walls add to the older apartment’s midcentury feel. Built during the post–World War II housing shortage, Lundby’s building is made with noticeably cheap materials. “Although I have no shared walls, my upstairs neighbor can still hear me sneeze and talk like a fool to my dogs,” she says.
Wall paint: Soot, Benjamin Moore; mirror: Pepe’s Thrifty Shop
The dark teal walls in Lundby’s bedroom give the room a cozy but sophisticated vibe. “It’s a deep and wonderful green with a hint of blue, and provides the perfect cavelike atmosphere,” she says.
Old family photos and prints cover the bedroom walls, including one of her favorite possessions — a 1960s black and white photograph of her mother, grandmother and uncles. “No one is looking at the camera or aware that my grandfather is taking the picture, but the result is so charming that if all my material possessions suddenly evaporated, that would be the thing I’d cry first about,” Lundby says.
Wall paint: Tarrytown Green, Benjamin Moore; bed frame, shoe rack: Wertz Brothers Antique Mall; eraser print: Jordan Crane; map: Long Beach antique mall
Lundby works for a shoe company, so having plenty of space to store all of her favorite shoes was vital. This vintage rack, which she guesses was a mail sorter, does the trick perfectly. Declutter Your Small Space.
Almost everything in her home is antique, thrifted or repurposed in some fashion. The result is a well-loved home that never feels too precious. Above is a shot of Lundby and a vintage fan-belt rack she found at a flea market, which makes the perfect hanger for scarves and necklaces.
“Before I bought my first grownup couch last year, there wasn’t a single thing that I lived with that cost me more than $300,” says Lundby. “Unless, of course, you count six years of dog food, toys and vet bills. But I don’t.”
You can see more of Jessica Lundby’s apartment on her blog, No Accounting for Taste.
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