The most memorable homes I have come across are those whose owners weren’t afraid to go against the grain by upsetting the status quo, marching to the beat of their own drum and unapologetically following their heart. When you take a leap of faith and go with your gut, the results can be extremely personal. Amina and Salvatore Mucciolo of Studio Mucci embodied this gusto when they began decorating their loft a little over a year ago.
Located in the heart of the resurgent, downtown-LA area, their work/living space is a technicolor dreamworld that combines both of their unique point of views on styling. Amina’s “love [for] all things whimsical, pastel and sparkly,” complements Salvatore’s “playful minimalism” throughout the home. After extensive research on the neighborhood, a few snapshots of the floor plan and some crossing of fingers, the two decided to take the risk and move their company to the west coast without having stepped foot inside the space. “Ultimately the spacious, open floor plan, high ceilings, beautiful view and amazing natural light [are] what sold us on the loft,” the couple says. When they first moved in, the main focus was setting up the space as their shop’s headquarters. “Knowing our loft would be a work/live space, all of the design choices and purchases that we made were really about functionality and organization,” Amina says. “If it rolled, stacked or was easily collapsed, we bought it – in a pastel hue, of course.” Working out all of the kinks that come with living and working in the same place proved to be the most challenging part of the apartment, “but it’s also one of the things that makes [their home] so unique.”
Offering an oasis from the sometimes harsh and exhausting city, the couple “really wanted [their] space to be light, fluffy and full of color…,” in order to both inspire and help them unwind after a long day. “We like to call our home ‘Cloud Land’ because from our bed, looking out the window all you can see are clouds or sky…” I hope you enjoy being whisked away to Cloud Land as much as I did. —Garrett