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An LA Loft with Gutsy Glitter and Sparkle

by Garrett Fleming

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

Photography by Lauren Comes

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The loft's iridescent-rainbow theme was incorporated into the bedroom, but with softer tones. The throw is from Anthropologie and the tassel garlands are available through Amina and Salvatore's shop Studio Mucci. The pink filing cabinets, though no longer available, are from CB2.
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(From left) Salvatore, Worf, Amina and Princess Leia.
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These pink metal cabinets were originally meant for Salvatore and Amina's home office, but they fit too perfectly here by the bed to move. "I love elephants almost as much as unicorns, so I have these pink [ones] sprinkled throughout the loft."
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A custom-made unicorn watches over the bedroom's seating area. Ice cream bean bag by Forever Wild Child.
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"This vanity and gallery wall are a collection of all of my favorite things - whimsical, girly art by indie artists from around the world, gilded affirmations and more pink elephants." The gold-foil prints are available through Charm & Gumption.
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This vase by Lovestar was showcased in numerous parts of the loft before finding its perfect home on the bedroom's gallery wall. Unicorn artwork by Lauren Noel.
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"The TV stand is actually a desk on wheels. I have an identical one in my office area."
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Every few months, Amina changes the colors of the tassel wall to reflect the current season's mood. Naturally, Spring is iridescent-rainbow themed.
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Many of the home's accessories are actually meant for children's rooms. "You can always find pastel-colored items that are adorable and playful, which is right up my alley."
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Washi tape transformed this folding table into a fun coffee table. Whenever the two would run out of tape, they'd have to change the pattern to accommodate. The result is a truly one-of-a-kind statement piece. Turquoise chair by Urban Outfitters. Throw pillow available here. Cupcake bean bag by Forever Wild Child.
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The pink sofa and grey chair were the first two things the couple bought for their new home. Sofa by CB2. Unicorn pillows by Mini X Style.
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Pocky are a popular Japanese biscuit usually covered in chocolate or strawberry deliciousness. Pillow by Crafty Invasion. Donut pillow by Woouf.
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IKEA's Strandmon chair in dark grey.
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During business hours, the folding table is broken down and stored. The hanging piñatas are one of Amina's favorite things about the apartment. Get your own through the couple's shop.
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The best part about decorating with flowers is how easily they can change the colors of a space.
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"Our kitchen, with its black appliances and dull cabinets, has been a problem area for me ever since we moved in. I initially thought about painting the cabinets but decided against such a risky project. Since this is a rental, I decided to go with a less permanent solution - washi tape! It took me two days, lots of patience and several rolls of tape, but it was totally worth it."
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More washi-tape brilliance.
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"What I love most about my home is..."
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The loft's floor plan.

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Comments

  • this. is. magical. i want to be bffs with amina and salvatore and this loft immediately. thank you for sharing this slice of happiness and joy!

  • This home makes me so happy. The washi tape skills displayed here are beyond incredible. This pastel paradise makes me want to jump on a unicorn and ride into a pink sunset. 10/10

  • This post is the perfect pick me for a ‘blah’ day at work! I love the pinatas, and the tassels in the bedroom. I just went to their shop, lots of fun photos there too, and plan on ordering the pastel tassel set for my daughter’s bed room. Thanks for the post and for showing us your happy place.

  • This home is not my personal style but oh man is it REFRESHING! I would love to be friends with them so I could get the occasional dose of sparkle and magic that is so saturated here. WOWSERS!

  • I met these guys at one of the Unique Markets in LA and they are lovely and inspiring people. It’s so awesome seeing such a creative space and their work is so positive and fun. They deserve all the success that comes to them!

  • Such a beautiful home! Our company, Near and Deer, created the elephants and unicorn and we just love how Amina incorporated them into her fun décor style. I might just hand a unicorn head in my home now after seeing how it turned out!

  • Amina is truly beautiful inside and and out so it’s no surprise her space is the same. I was delighted to see one of my Loschy Crowns (pink quartz crystal) hanging on the wall! What an honor!

  • Even though this isn’t my personal style, I loved this tour. The transformation of the kitchen with washi tape is magic!

  • Love the statement this home makes! It’s wonderful to see such a considered approach to such a playful aesthetic. Congrats to these 2 on creating a fabulous space.

  • I knew washi tape was versatile, but this loft takes it to a whole new level. I adore this tour! I can’t see myself living in it but I am so happy that Amina and Salvatore do. And I love that their personal style matches the interior (pastel hair & fabric, fluffy tulle, even the dogs seem to match the aesthetic). The only downside is now I desperately want cake frosting.

  • Oh I love how happy this is! Home tours that go against the grain and don’t take themselves too seriously are the best. I want to dance in confetti now!

  • I was so happy when Amina asked to have my Pocky pillow featured in her super cute loft! It looks great with the rest of her decor!

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