Vibrant is just one way to describe this beach bungalow apartment. This 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment is located in Laguna Beach above Crescent Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in all of California.
When you walk into this space you knowsomeone creative lives here. There are so many stylish and unique touches of art and color; it takes you on a journey of the resident’s life experiences. With a mixture of vintage, shabby chic and eclectic pieces you might feel like you’ve entered an Anthro or Urban Outfitters Catalog…but this is Kendal’s space.
Meet photographer and graphic designer Kendal Riley, check out her space and interview below!
I am a left handed/ambidextrous middle child who’s had a camera in her hand since she was 3. I love, Love and ALL things beautiful. I met my prince charming while snowboarding in Mammoth. I first studied photography while living in Italy. I was an apparel graphic designer for 8 years before becoming a full time photographer. I am the only red head in my family. I have a loveable boston terrier named Otto. I have over 100 pairs of shoes in my closet. My favorite things are friends, coffee and wine. I yearn to experience all that life has to offer. I believe in mermaids, soul mates and happily ever after!
Here is my space:
CP: What would you consider your style to be?
KR: Some may call my style eclectic, shabby chic, and vintage–while others insist that my apartment looks straight out of an Anthropologie catalog. I would say that my apartment has become an outward expression of who I became as a artist, designer, and as a women throughout my twenties.
CP:What inspires you in your home decor?
KR: Well being a graphic designer and photographer by profession, I feel I have a created a space that reflects my love for color, art, and design. I have painted every wall of my apartment in a skittles-bag like fashion; living room–powder blue, dining room–chartreuse, kitchen–salmon, bathroom–mint, hallway–orange and bedroom–pale pink. I shopped high and low for goodies to make this space feel more feminine. I wondered around flea markets, stopped in every note worthy vintage store along the way, and scoured ever category of craigslist to find amazing gems of home furnishings. I also refurbished, reupholstered, sanded, painted, and hammered much of the furniture you see here, all on my own.
CP: What kind of feel did you want to create in designing your space?
KR: My apartment is vibrant and has a bit of a shock value to it. Most people never expect that you could put SO much color into one very small apartment and have it all work together. The space carries an energy in it; it is warm and inviting and people get an instant idea about who I am, my aesthetics, and what I love.
CP: If you could change or add anything new to your space what would it be?
KR: I don’t think I would change anything about this apartment; this apartment is me. However if and when I move someday, I have every intention of selling everything I own and starting all over again; I love the idea of a blank canvas–for me, the best part of decorating a home is the process. It’s the antiquing, shopping, craigslisting, building, painting and creating what I love. The blank canvas of a new home gives me a chance to reinvent myself as an artist, a designer, a photographer and as a woman in the next phase of my life.
CP: What are some of your favorite pieces or items in your home and where did you find them?
KR: I have a few favorite pieces in my apartment–1.) My 9ft teal sofa who I named Jewel. I searched for years for the right couch. Every day I would type into craigslist ‘teal sofa’ and one day JEWEL appeared. I rented a U-Haul with my boyfriend and drove 2 hours to Barstow, Ca to pick her up. She was made in the 1950′s and is in perfect condition. I fell in love with her at first sight. 2.) My other favorite piece is the headboard in my bedroom. The headboard is truly special piece–created in the French Louis XV style in the late 1800′s. When purchasing the piece from an antique collector in LA, it was black and missing the center inlay–I then sanded off the black paint, spray painted it white, created an inlay and re-upholstered it with an amazing teal ikat fabric.
CP: Did you have a budget when your redesigned your space?
KR: I had a very low budget when decorating my apartment, so I started out by painting a few walls, then I would collect pieces one by one as I fell in love with them. I would find furniture that I knew I could paint, re-upholster, or build myself and I set out to do the task! The apartment took about 3 years to complete.
CP: What do you love most about your space and where you live?
KR: What I love most about my apartment is that it truly feels like home to me. I have been living in my humble abode for 8 years and I never tire of walking down my street to play at the beach or watch the sun set below the ocean’s horizon. I am so blessed, I may just stay here forever.