As a freelance designer who works from home, Jessica Comingore felt it was important to create a soothing atmosphere in her Los Feliz, Los Angeles, apartment. Although she likes to keep things minimal, she has added several personal touches that illustrate her love of things rooted in tradition but with a modern twist. The great finds she’s scored from flea markets and thrift stores, mixed with some ethnic textiles and greenery, bring lots of color and life to her home. After a number of years working in the interior design industry, Jessica now does graphic design for a variety of clients and blogs and also dabbles in photography, namely interiors and travel. Thank you, Jessica! — Shannon
Image above: A good friend of mine gifted me with this chair, and I happened to find an exact match a few weeks later at a sidewalk sale. A lot of people have commented that they had these Marcel Breuer chairs growing up and can’t imagine having them now, but having grown up eating dinner in Windsor chairs, these guys add the perfect dose of 1920s modern, and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of them. The lamp, side table and bag were all finds from the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and I spotted that ornate little gold frame at a yard sale one day and had it made into a mirror. The rubber leaf plant is a recent addition and pretty much fool proof, which is perfect for me since I have a very black thumb.
Image above: This sofa was my one investment piece from a store in Venice that was having a floor sample sale a few years back. I found the pillow at the Fairfax Flea Market along with the brass magazine holder. The Parsons coffee table was from my former boss’ storage (I love the clean lines of it). I feel like it’s not often that I sit and relax on this couch, but on a lucky day, it’s the perfect place for catching up on magazines and staring out the window.
See more of Jessica’s Los Feliz home after the jump . . .
Image above: I’ll be the first to say I’m not much of a master in the kitchen, but Mark Bittman has never steered me wrong. His recipes are simple and always delicious, so when I’m required to cook, he’s my go-to. The prints above are a calendar from 2011 from Prismatic Print Shop that I like too much to take down, and the brass and wood pitcher was a Rose Bowl find, as well. It might be my favorite thrifted piece to date. The little teapot was picked up on a trip to Spain last fall while wandering through the markets of Granada. It barely makes enough to serve one person, but I love the look of it.
Image above: This apartment building was built in the 1920s by Walt Disney to house the artists who were working at his Burbank studio during the week, so it’s got a lot of quirky features. This little alcove used to be a Murphy bed! I put together the art wall by framing a collection of black and white postcards I’ve collected over the years on travels or at flea markets. The best part is the handwritten notes on the backs of them.
Image above: More Rose Bowl Flea finds! I found the wood and candlestick holders a few years back and the white ceramic lamp not too long ago. I actually spotted an identical one at a showroom on La Cienega that was significantly more than the $25 I paid for this one. The tile beneath the succulent was another souvenir from my trip to Spain. I tend to always be drawn to things that are graphic and black and white, so this was a must-have.
Image above: I was walking along Sunset Blvd. in Silverlake a few weeks ago and spotted this print in a window of a shop, but it was pretty late and they had already closed. I stopped by the next day, walked in the door and said “I’ll take it!” It’s got such great nostalgia to it, and as you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of black and white photography. The wood coasters are another favorite, picked up at a local store called Hemingway & Pickett here in LA. I found that little orange architecture book at a used bookstore in Ventura with the intent of gifting it to someone, but I ended up keeping it for myself.
Image above: On my last day in Spain, my friend took me to the Madrid flea market where I bought this canvas oil painting. Every time I look at it, I’m transported back to that day. The white tea kettle was another Rose Bowl find, though it’s purely for aesthetics since I’m a bit scared to drink anything from it.
Image above: Ranunculus is one of my favorite flowers, and I have a weak spot for mason jars. Everything I don’t like the packaging of I tend to transfer to a mason jar. It instantly makes anything look good!
Image above: I think this mirror was one of the first things I ever thrifted. I found it through the guy who now owns TINI before it was a storefront. The hat boxes and antlers are from the flea market. I try to keep a vase of fresh greenery here at all times since it’s the first thing I see when I’m leaving the house and when I come home. A little greenery certainly goes a long way.