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A Cheery Home By the Beach in Oceanside, CA

by Lauren Chorpening

Signing off on a rental home sight-unseen is a gamble. Rarely is it going to have everything on the “must-have” list. Arielle Vey and her boyfriend Bennett were living in a 1950s Oceanside, CA apartment just steps from the beach when they received a notice that they had 30 days to find a new apartment — the owner was turning their home into vacation rentals. Shortly after that, though, Arielle and Bennett received some good news: they could rent a one-bedroom apartment right across the street from where they lived. The couple took the apartment without even seeing it. They’ve since lived in their 1970s second-story apartment for three-and-a-half years.

Bennett works as a videographer, and since Arielle is an artist and freelance lifestyle photographer, she works from home during the day. When the couple signed onto the apartment without looking at it first, they weren’t sure if it would have the things they were hoping for. “Something I initially look for is big windows, an open floor plan, and any kind of view,” Arielle shares. “The apartment we were offered happened to have all of those things and more. The process of turning my space into a home has mirrored how I’ve grown into myself and I feel like the older I get, the more satisfied I am with my home. I make additions or little changes here and there.”

Arielle decorates with bright colors, mid-century pieces, lush florals and modern artwork (much of which she painted herself). The pair’s style is perfect for a casual, beachside apartment from the 1970s. “I wanted to create a space that allowed me to not only relax when I needed to, but stay productive while working from home,” Arielle explains. “A space where at the start of my day, the bedroom is in order so I can get to work and at the end of the day, the living room is the sanctuary. This means cozy everything, easygoing pieces, and simple maintenance. My goal for the decor was a mix of vintage-inspired modern pieces with pops of unexpected colors.” Accepting an apartment offer over the phone might have been a risk, but it is definitely paying off for this couple. – Lauren

Photography by Arielle Vey

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Arielle and Bennett's dining room is small, but it has been given so much personality. The retro-meets-modern look is found in every room Arielle styles. "I had my heart set on an octagon table and found one on Craigslist quickly. I refinished it and now it’s one of my favorite pieces in the apartment. I found these bright blue chairs from Lex Mod and instantly knew this color was a winner," Arielle says.
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"The trait of this home we are most thankful about is the light. The living room window that you see at the end of [the] apartment when walking in is 8 feet wide by 5 feet tall (literally bigger than the kitchen!) and has an incredible ocean view. That's the second trait. Hearing the waves at night is the most special part about living here," Arielle shares. "Above the couch is a new painting I just made. I wanted to make something fresh for spring and was really inspired by the last time I was in Miami. I love art deco design and playing off of those bright pastels."
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Arielle and Bennett in their living room.
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Arielle's use of gorgeous floral arrangements in almost every space is spot-on. The home is refined yet relaxed, just like her beautiful arrangements.
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Plant life and artwork fill each room of the house. "The TV area was the last to be completed and the hanging plants really make this corner special. The guitar belongs to Bennett and the console is from Target," Arielle says.
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"There's an extra-long wall along the east side of the living room and I love the way this console from mmdc, inc lends itself to the entry area. I found this vintage geometric mirror for $20 at my local thrift spot years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s one of those pieces I can’t imagine parting from," Arielle shares.
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"My bar cart is vintage and I love its charming character," Arielle says. Colorful decorations and accessories like her rainbow metallic shaker from Urban Outfitters add vibrancy even to small areas in their home.
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"The most challenging part of my home is the kitchen. We have a love-hate relationship because I appreciate its working parts but it happens to be 28 square feet of walking space (luckily I'm child-sized), and the overall motif resembles a 1970s camper can with pistachio colored linoleum," Arielle explains. "If I owned this unit, the kitchen would be well on its way to renovation town. Open shelving, bright whites...I can dream!"
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"It’s a tiny space but gets the job done and fits right in when the apartment was built - 1970," Arielle says.
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Arielle and Bennett's bedroom doubles as Arielle's office. The bright and welcoming room helps Arielle be productive with her day.
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"I’ve always had a thing for white bedding (all the hotel vibes). Above the bed is a print of my own I took in our neighborhood and I had it framed," Arielle says.
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"My side has always been kept very minimal and without storage because I know I’ll clutter it up. Both nightstands are from IKEA and painted white," Arielle says.
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"I’ve worked out of my bedroom for as long as I’ve been freelancing. I know one day I’ll have an office space, but for now I really love my little corner and keeping it simple. The desk is from IKEA and I love how the tabletop gives me enough space to lay out sketches with room for the keyboard. The shelves are also IKEA (brackets painted gold)," Arielle shares.
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Arielle found this beautiful dresser secondhand. "I thrifted this dresser for a steal and it was one of the those special finds. It’s not too deep but holds so much and filled the space perfectly. This is the space where there’s always flowers because I spend most of my time in this room and this area is the first thing I see when I wake up."
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"What we love most about our home is the ocean view and bright, natural light."
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Arielle and Bennett's apartment floor plan.

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