There you are, sitting pretty, when opportunity knocks, and *wham* you’ve got to ask yourself: Am I a risk taker, or is the status quo for me? Pattern designer/artist Samantha Santana and her husband James, a landscape designer, are both clearly the former. Two years ago, they came across this fixer-upper in Los Angeles, CA’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. It was in need of some major work, but they didn’t let fear stop them. Instead they took a risk, sold their floral design business and invested all of the money into making the home a colorful and cozy nest.
The house’s size was one of the biggest challenges the couple faced. At 619 square feet, its compact footprint only holds one small bedroom, one tiny bathroom and a dining room with barely enough space for a table. To get around these constraints, the pair have searched far and wide for stylish, modular, apartment-sized furnishings. They’ve also made sure to snag tall and skinny pieces that provide ample storage without disrupting foot traffic.
Perhaps more challenging than the space’s small size was its condition. Previous owners and squatters had done a number on the home, and there weren’t many salvageable elements. The kitchen, for instance, held only one cabinet worth saving. The rest of the furnishings either had to go or be totally refashioned. And boy, have they been refashioned! In place of these scrapped elements stand fresh cabinetry, new countertops, refinished walls and some of the most captivating wallpaper I’ve ever seen. The patterns, all of which Samantha designed, are bold, floral and fresh.
These graphic walls pair with bohemian touches to create what Samantha and James call “modern psychedelic cowboy” meets “nature boy” style. It’s a look I’m sure you’re going to want to adopt for your own home, so scroll down to take a look at every corner of this funky-fresh space. Enjoy! —Garrett
Image above: After moving in, Samantha and James each put their own stamp on the living room. First, Samantha re-plastered the walls and installed removable wallpaper from her shop. Then James made the closet door as well as the shelving.