Saying Goodbye to Our First Home in LA

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By: Lisa Ng

Well, it’s been 11 months since Paul and I moved from Toronto to Los Angeles and we’re sad to be saying goodbye to our first home in Los Angeles. After giving it a lot of thought, we decided to move to a new townhouse with a bit more outdoor space and a more zen view.

We currently live in an alleyway with a view of a parking lot on one side and an apartment building on the other. We felt a little closed in, but we LOVED the inside of our current place. However, being at home all day with no outdoor space, nature or trees was beginning to get to me and I started to feel a bit clausterphobic with a sprinkle of cabin fever mixed in there. So the search for a new home was launched, but still on the Westside of LA of course. Moving all the way from Canada, my priority was to be near the ocean!

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So I’m spending all of this week packing up and we will be moving towards the ocean to our new place in LA. Since Paul and I both work from home, we decided to invest a bit more into where we work and opted for a view of the marina and to be on the water in our new home.

The biggest selling point? The huge front patio that we will hopefully outfit with some comfortable patio furniture and a BBQ. My dream is to work outside all day if possible!

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I loved our modern vintage + shabby chic first home. We didn’t get to finish decorating it – as you can tell by the bare white walls. But we’re taking all of it with us! So I’m sharing a few pictures of our place today before we say goodbye.

Living-Room

We moved here with four suitcases and our pots & pans. If you ever find yourself having to decorate on a budget, I highly recommend the Threshold collection from Target. I scored a turquoise hall bench bench for $150! The side sofa tables were also from Target and they were $90/each. I added the glass lamps for $50/each.

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All of our other pieces we bought when we got here from Ikea, Cost Plus World Market, Wayfair and Urban Home. These are all affordable places to start when you’re moving into your first home on a budget. Scored this coffee table from reclaimed wood for $299 from Urban Home.

Kitchen

As for the kitchen, when you’re dealing with a rental apartment – you can’t really do much when it comes to decorating. My tip is to add a few colourful and inexpensive accessories: the EAT cookbook holder ($12) and green kettle ($8) were from World Market. The utensil holder was $16 from The Container Store, I found my red Bodum Coffee Burr ($40) on clearance and the chalkboard jars were abut $15 also from Target’s Threshold collection.

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Adding these little things gave our kitchen a bit of personality and it made me smile to see all these bright colours every time I walked in.

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The real splurge had to be the Colette Bed that we bought brand new from Crate & Barrel. I looked at a million knock-offs and nothing really compared to the classic design of the Colette. The great thing is that it is a platform bed, requiring us to only buy one mattress. Other models I looked at required a box spring or only came with a headboard. The Colette bed was a simple solution and very easy to put together. We didn’t bother buying the bunkie board and nothing squeaks or anything crazy like that.

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I will keep this bed forever and it adds a bit of glam to my bedroom. Mixing high and low, the lamps were $50/each from World Market and the nighstands were $80/each from Target again. The blue ikat curtains I ordered online and were $160 for both panels.

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See my Dining Room Makeover here.

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See my Reading Nook Makeover here.

Before-Makeover

This was how it all started… We had no TV, no desk or chairs. We’ve come a long way baby.

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Before it all came together.

  • Jessica Blaine Smith

    I am excited to see your new place next month!

    • I didn’t tell you – there are FOUR swimming pools + we have kayaks at tne end of our dock. We also live next to sea lions!

      • Jessica Blaine Smith

        We may never leave. 🙂 #newroomies

      • Maria Sun Dela Cruz

        I am so coming to visit! LOL

  • Amy

    Love the hutch in your reading nook!!

  • Lisa, this was an awesome (and resourceful) post. I am a struggling (READ: STRUGGLINGGG) college graduate living in a one room apartment and I want to decorate and revamp badly, but my budget is like, “NO WAY JOSE”. But with your recommendations, i’ll be doing some shopping soon 🙂 xo – Jessika

    • Craigslist is awesome for cheap stuff too. Also check out etsy – I just ordered shelf paper for my new kitchen. Amazon also has the most random things for reasonable prices too. Good luck with decorating!

  • judyelee

    so tastefully done up and on an affordable budget (such a challenge)! all the best in the new home by the water, lisa!