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Inside My $1100 Los Angeles Studio

When you ask what I’ve been doing for the past two weeks, I could respond in a few ways.

I tried watching Stranger Things but was too much of a wimp to get past the first few jumps. I tried out a thirty-minute Best Butt Ever class and my cheeks are still feeling it. I tried making croissants, but they came out as crispy biscuits. I tried making a tofurky for Friendsgiving, that to everyone’s surprise, came out decently. I tried playing tennis, but realized in LA you have to reserve a court (and pay) and there’s apparently a lot of competition even before stepping onto the court.

And most of all, I’ve chilled at home with my Fall Harvest candles and FRIENDS reruns. I know that with traveling as a full-time job, I’ve learned how to take my home time seriously and how to perfect the art of hard chilling. We’re now going one full year in our current studios, after moving being forced out of our old LA apartment, because we were told the building would be demolished; it’s still up today, and is now being used as a TV show set for Shameless and Grey’s Anatomy. The place looks like a janky motel, so I can only imagine what scenes they’d be filming there. Point is, my new studio is a major upgrade and in the Los Angeles real estate world, it’s a complete steal (not to mention with all utilities included).

Our story finding this building is totally one of those completely ridiculous and nearly ugh-inducing stories. Since we have no car in LA, we found ourselves walking street by street at potential buildings we felt could be our next home. After calling over ten buildings, all of which either had no vacancy, we passed one that I told Jo was not even worth calling because it was too beautiful (and most likely out of budget). She called anyway, and they just happened to have two studios available and ready for move in. Told you it was one of those stories. To give you more of the backstory, our previous apartment in LA and my previous apartment in Harlem, NYC were both found on what looked like sketchy, ALL CAPS classifieds on Craigslist. In fact, when signing the “contract” for our last apartment in LA, our landlord spoke zero English and expected us to take a few characters written in Korean on a random piece of paper she found in her kitchen as “proof” we had given a security deposit. Somehow it all worked out?

Anyway, a lot of effort went into making this apartment how it looks today. I scoured the Melrose Trading Post in LA and thrift stores along Melrose Ave for vintage (and cheap) items. I also tried picking up design pieces from my travels. I like to credit my interior design past as an avid Sims player for part of the reason it looks the way it does, but in doing that, I’d also  have to credit us painting over the yellow cream color of the walls Jo painting over the yellow cream colors of the walls.

Haha. Ok, let me take you inside my $1100 Los Angeles studio:

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Tour | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Full-View | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Room Divider | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Sofa and Bike Mount | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Décor and Plants | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Posters and Mirrors | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Full Kitchen | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Travel Magnets on Fridge | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Moroccan Details | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Kitchen 2 | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Tanger Poster | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

 

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Hygiene Products | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Favorite Books | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

 

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Walk-In Closet | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Kitchen | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Living Room | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio Photos | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo 2

Inside my $1100 Los Angeles Studio | Apartment Tour | Damon and Jo

Everything in my Los Angeles Studio:

Bed

White linen sheets: found at IKEA

Egyptian Cotton Blanket

Natural Thai Latex Pillow

 

Living

Mirrors: found at Melrose Trading Post for $5-15 each – the big gold one was $65

Emerald chair: found for $40 at Melrose Trading Post

Centurion bicycle: found on Craigslist for $150

Bike mount: found at LA Golden Bike

Woven Mika Screen Room Divider

Dark Brown End Tables

Novogratz Vintage Tufted Sofa Sleeper II

Red Metal Stool

Kryptonite Bike U-Lock

Honeywell HYF023W Comfort Control Tower Fan, Wide Area Cooling, White

MUJI Aroma Diffuser

Water Globes

mDesign Newspaper and Magazine Rack

 

Bathroom

White Metal Ginger Cart

 

Kitchen

Tanger poster: found for $5 at World Market

Black poster frame: found at IKEA

Black picture frame: found at IKEA

Porcelain ramekins: found for $1 each in Marrakech

Magic Bullet Blender

Cordless Electric Kettle

Bodum French Press

KRUPS Coffee Burr Grinder

Biotin

Milk Thistle

Everything Learning German Book

The Power of Now

A Year in the Merde

Talk Dirty French

Language Hacking German

The Rules of Life

You Can Relax and Overcome Stress

Dirty Portuguese

Fale tudo em Inglês

Delaying the Real World

The Art of Non-Conformity

I’m a Stranger Here Myself

What’d you think of my Los Angeles studio?

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  • Dang, you have much better interior design skills than me! It’s very important to make your home base feel as homey as possible when you move around so much. My rule is that if I’m in a place for longer than a month, I need to hang something on the wall!

  • Woaaa can I move in right now~Pretty please! Because I love it all, the furniture, the plants, even your hand in the closetpicture (weird sentence I know). X

  • bisouselle

    Love how you captured your living space through these photos. I am in love with emerald green sofas! So beautiful.

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