OUR NEW APARTMENT MAKEOVER AND LAUNCH OF DAZEY DEN, MY INTERIOR DESIGN COMPANY
Who says you can pursue all your passions? One of the reasons I started Dazey was to get the chance to use all of my creative talents. When I designed for corporate companies I was stuck doing the same thing day in and day out. Since the launch of Dazey I've been able to not only do t-shirt design but also textile design, fashion design, photography, social media marketing, and now interior design! As a creative I see every single one of these things being an important facet to my design aesthetic and brand. My passion for color, abstract art, and vintage doesn't have to end at graphic tees.
It originally all started with Biz Babez, the boutique female co-working space I co-founded about 2 years ago. For the first time ever I had an inspiring space and a budget to decorate. It turned out way cooler than I could have ever imagined and even got a feature on my fav interior blog The Jungalow. About 6 months later I ended up buying my first home, Dazey Desert House, a Mid Century Modern beauty in Palm Springs that we use as a vacation home and rent out for photoshoots and Airbnb. We went all out and created a really special place and people took notice. We got featured on Domino Magazine, Dwell, Conde Naste Traveler, and Palm Springs Life. It ended up being a way better investment than we thought it was going to be and generates a decent passive income. After a year of visiting our home in the desert it started to make our small LA apartment feel lack luster. We were craving a space to entertain friends and spend time outdoors. With photoshoots being a decent money marker at our PS property we thought it would be really cool to do the same with a full-time place in LA. We searched high and low for the right spot with little luck, until we came upon this stunner, The Dazeywood Penthouse, which hadn't even been fully listed yet. Better yet the landlord was on board for us doing shoots in the space! A 2,000 square feet penthouse of a Spanish style triplex located in beautiful Beachwood Canyon, right under the Hollywood Sign (Hence Dazeywood). Complete with a giant living room, dining room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and 3 patios. It was honestly more space than what we really needed, but it was comparably priced to all the spaces half the size that we looked at. Plus we figured we would be renting it out for shoots sometimes and it's good to have variety. Well, fast forward to a few months and right as we try to start renting out the place for shoots our neighbors swiftly shut it down. It was a pretty hard blow that Phillip and I were not expecting as we took on the significantly higher rent. But we had the space of our dreams fully decked out, so we decided we were determined to make this work. I've decided to look on the bright side and use this space as my springboard to finally launch my interior design career. Something I've always wanted to do but thought I couldn't add into my life along with Dazey LA. But you know what, I'M GOING FOR IT!
I would like to introduce to you Dazey Den (haha yes same name as the home goods section of our site), my new interior design business. With my now 3 different spaces I felt prepared to put together a solid portfolio and launch DAZEYDEN.COM. I am officially open for biz and will be taking on select projects. Contact me via my new site for a quote!
Below is our full home tour complete with "boring befores" and "beautiful afters". I wanted this space to be totally different than the past few and I have been obsessed with 80s/90s color and design in all aspects of my life lately. I hope you enjoy the tour and my thought process behind each room. You can see our full video of the home makeover on our IGTV right HERE. Be sure to follow my new interior account @dazey_den and our new apartment @dazeywood_penthouse!
LIVING ROOM - ART DECO MEETS MOROCCAN
This living room was what sold us on this place hands down. With it's 15 foot vaulted ceilings, original wood flooring, city views, and original Spanish tile fireplace that is to die for. We painted the living room a much brighter white with accent shades of Dunn Edwards pink and sage. It truly transformed the space and brought so much more light in!
This room as seriously MASSIVE and we filled it with luxurious velvet furniture all from Joybird, including this 15 foot velvet modular couch that is our pride and joy. While the lighting that came with the space was charming and did match the Spanish-style interior, we opted to swap out the sconces with these wonderfully chunky art deco beauties from Hudson Valley Lighting. They just added so much more pizzaz to the place! I'm a huge fan of pillows and we needed some really cute ones to break up the worlds biggest couch. I loved the idea of having a mix of vintage textile pillows from DK Renewl and then some more velvet soft-shaped beauties from Adaptions NY. I framed our "beYOUtiful" Dazey design by uploading the file directly to Art To Frames and was super affordable and arrived just perfect. And last but not least we got this amazing art piece custom made to match our color scheme from our friends at Bend Goods.
I love mixing in vintage pieces along with the new stuff to give a space interest. Over the past few months I've been carefully curating some beautiful vintage finds that include this 90's circle swivel coffee table, Moroccan rug, mid century bookshelf, silk screened orchid art, vintage pottery, and my fav the 80's hand chair I snagged for $100 at the Rose Bowl Flea!
DREAMY DINING ROOM
We were not expecting the dining room to be the place we spend most of our time, but with the french doors and natural light, we hardly leave it! I opted to paint this room all white since it has a curved ceiling. I loved the idea of it being simple with a few statement pieces. These 80's brass-framed art pieces that rest on the credenza were $5 each from St.Vincents thrift. Such a come up! I also found this beautiful vase from a vintage shop and filled it with left over pompas grass we used on a Dazey shoot. The stunning chandelier from Hudson Valley is a serious show stopper. It fills in the seamless wall space perfectly. We got this space to entertain so we knew a large table was a must. The starburst leg detail on his Joybird table was just too adorable to pass up. We paried with these unexpected Joybird velvet accent chairs. We were worried at first they would be too big for dining chairs, but now we LOVE how comfy they are and the fact that we can work in them all day long.
It's truly amazing what a fresh coat of paint and a lighting fixture can do. By making those small changes and adding an island in the awkward negative space we transformed this kitchen. Since the floor already had quirky pink tile, we chose to lean into this color scheme. As a renter we can't go all-out in renovating, but seriously people a lighting and color change speaks volumes. Paint "Pale Jasper" from Dunn Edwards and pink bar stools from Bend Goods. Phillip finally has a decent kitchen to cook us dinner in and it has inspired many a great meal! I am one lucky gal to land a sudo chef as my S.O.
Doesn't get more "morning sunshine" than this bright and cheery room! We took a tip from our desert house on this one and went for a brightly colored midcentury look. The dot mural behind the bed was surprisingly easy! We nailed a string to the center of the wall with a pencil tied to the end and traced the outline. Then we did a smooth line around the edges and filled in. We didn't want to overcrowd the dot with art, but try intersecting the shelves with the side of the "sun" we added a little more visual interest. We also did a fun accent wall and painted our built in shelfs yellow to match. Paint is called "Deserted Path" by Dunn Edwards. And can we talk for a sec about this sheet set!? I kept seeing Kip & Co all over insta and knew we needed it. It's super hard finding luxury sheets that are also in bright colors, and that's exactly what they do. We mixed up the hues of yellow with almond, cognac, and banana shades. By doing that we are able to get away with having a lot of yellows together that may not match perfectly, but look intentionally different. Now lets talk hardware! By adding in the beautiful brass curtain rods and light fixture we have made this room look 1000Xs better than the before!
We end up working from home most of the time because we never want to leave haha. This is the first time we've both gotten our own office and it's been really nice. Since it's my own space all bets were off and I could full maximalist with it! This room is made up of a few pieces we had at out last place and a blue/pink gallery wall I've been working on for some time. This Matisse lithograph is my fav art I own, got it for a fraction of the price at an auction house. That helped dictate the colors of this room, light blue and mauve. With two daybeds side-by-side this space is great for having meetings or just working on my laptop. I also have a small desk and clothing rack that look onto the patio that are not pictured that you can see on our IGTV
My boy loves a good green shade and he's the one that keeps all the plants alive in our relationship, so we went full atrium meets mad-men man-cave. We wanted this room to be distinctly more masculine than the rest, but still soft and relaxing. This is where our guests will stay when visiting since the Joybird
couch is also a pullout bed. The sage accent wall is complete with two art pieces I made myself on a heavy duty raw-edge paper, framed by my favorite Art To Frames
. Phillip loves hiding out here for a nap or to get some serious work done!
THE PINK PATIO
I've officially dubbed this place #dazeypinkpatio because it's too damn cute to not have it's own hashtag. Having outdoor space has truly been transformative for us. She has come a long way since we first found this place! A fresh coast of outdoor Pale Jasper Dunn paint and gorgeous pink Bend Goods outdoor/indoor furniture brought this outdoor space back to life. Also want to give a major shout out to my girls at Ponderosa Cactus who outfitted our place and specifically the Pink patio with beautiful cacti and lush plants. They are an awesome small sister-owned biz is Highland Park and everyone should support them. We love enjoying a drink on this double patio with a clear view of the Hollywood Sign. Friends and visitors always freak when they see the view!
Thanks so much for taking the tour! Don't forget to see the full video of our original walk through and full makeover on IGTV right HERE.