HOW I DESIGNED MY HOME

Updated: Jul 6

When I think about the things that I accomplished before turning 30, it’s pretty crazy to think one of those things was buying a home! In all honesty, I wasn’t looking to purchase a home and was actually looking to rent but when I was looking over my financial assets and increasing cost of rentals in Los Angeles, it made more sense to use the money I had saved and invest in a home.


I loved living in DTLA and came upon this hidden oasis, on the top of a hill in Highland Park. As soon as I saw the unit, I was SOLD! 12 bids later and a personal letter with a picture of Mila and I, we landed ourselves a steal and we prepared to move into our new place. 


Now, interior design became a growing passion after I went through several processes of designing commercial spaces for the nails salons and ice cream store. So with my new home, I wanted to have some fun and bring more life and personality to the space!


Here’s some pictures of the condo before I moved in.




What stood out to me in this unit versus the other properties I look at were - vaulted ceilings, top floor location (no noisy footsteps echoing throughout my place), dual master bedrooms on opposite ends of the space, laundry room and the balcony which overlooks a beautiful green hillside. The only thing was, I felt the color of the walls was too dark and drab, in addition to the kitchen cabinets looking a bit outdated.


Now, I’m a very visual person and did not have a budget to hire interior designers to help render the space, so I went ahead and created a blank document for each area of my place and pulled photos from online to get a better idea of how the space would look! Here are the renderings that I put together, keeping in mind the dimension of each space and the furniture measurements.





Huge thank you to Joss & Main and RoveConcepts for helping me furnish my place! Additionally, I used Dunn Edwards paint to change the color of the walls, giving it a more fresh, clean and modern look. The walls were painted in Heirloom Shade and the ceilings were Cool December. My vision was to create a space that combined Transitional pieces with Mid Century modern vibes and for the bedroom I wanted it to be as chic and modern as possible. I had to hire a painter due to my vaulted ceilings, but I'm proud to say I built 90% of the furniture myself.



Now the kitchen is in the process of getting it’s final touches, but I cannot even begin to explain how huge of a difference it made to just paint the cabinets and replace the fixtures! I meannnnnn.....WOW! I can’t wait to replace the countertops and upgrade the appliances. But after I painted the cabinets white, attached new fixtures and replaced the kitchen sink, it really made a world of difference. 


When moving into a new space, furnishing is a huge expense. So I’ve been adding little by little! I’m currently working on re-vamping my bathroom and I feel like the dining room needs some artwork.


Hopefully this gives you all a nice feel of my home and gives you some ideas for how to decorate your space! If you have any design tips, I’d love to hear. 








381 views

OH, HELLO THERE!

Danielle Lombard is my blog where I share my passions in food, health, lifestyle and travel.

@2020 DANIELLE LOMBARD

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube