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This LA Apartment Proves That Deep, Moody Blues Are the Trend That’s Here to Stay

Starting a design project from scratch is never an easy task, but creating a living space with vintage vibes in a new-construction home? That's a tall order. However, Homepolish designer Kerry Vasquez was up to the challenge, imbuing a blank-slate LA apartment with tons of history and an eclectic, laid-back air that feels unmistakably authentic. Using multiple shades of moody blues to unite the entire home, and breathing a little bit of humor into every corner, Vasquez transformed the space into something befitting a modern take on Mad Menretro bar area included, of course. And we're officially obsessed with the outcome.

"The client is a comedy writer in Hollywood, and he was looking to create an elevated home for himself and make a fresh start while capturing his personality," Vasquez tells us. "I wanted the home to feel masculine but not overly so, so we chose a generally neutral palette with blue and charcoal accents and natural materials like linens and leathers." The space started out as a blank slate with great bones, but Vasquez transformed it into a character-filled pad with plenty of personality.

"We ended up choosing mostly either mid-century icons (like the Eames chair) or mid-century inspired silhouettes like the carved wooden dining table to further this laid-back California vibe," Vasquez tells us. A modern, sculptural chandelier lends an on-trend look to the space while keeping it unpretentious.

Of course, no mid-century home is complete without a lounge space suited for cocktail hour. "I immediately pictured Don Draper circa now — with a better sense of humor — and tried to channel that aesthetic," Vasquez says of her inspiration.

If you recognize the buzzy shade of blue from last year's color trends, you're not alone. "We painted the walls an intense brooding dark blue and chose a leather chaise in a contemporary silhouette and a mirrored stacking coffee table. Then, to up the tactile element of the room, we chose curtains and a side chair in a rich navy velvet and [incorporated] some brass accents to add a little glam," Vasquez explains. The result is a masculine-meets-feminine mix we can't get enough of.

Other living spaces skew lighter and brighter but still maintain a vintage-y, lived-in vibe. "I wanted to make sure we maintained a sense of lightness and wit throughout the home as well, which I think we achieved, especially with this artwork," says Vasquez. Art prints throughout the space lean toward the planetary-inspired, from the Paper Moon movie poster to the vintage solar system charts by the bar area.

The Eames lounge chair in the corner lends a bit of gravitas (and design history) to the bright, airy living room.

"It was important [to the client] that we prioritize well-made and timeless pieces," Vasquez tells us. It's easy to see this influence throughout the home. The tchotchkes feel personal, and new pieces are intermingled with retro finds, creating an intuitive balance.

"For the master bedroom, we wanted this to feel modern, laid-back, and Californian," Vasquez says. "We chose a platform bed with built-in side tables and an oversized print of a desert landscape. Plants were also an important element throughout the house; bringing the outdoors in is a great way to lean into the surrounding environment and give a sense of place."

Even the guest bedroom feels fun, thanks to a tongue-in-cheek art print. Ironically, this is the only part of the home that had existing furniture when Vasquez began: "With the exception of the guest room bed and side tables, we had a blank slate to choose everything in the home."

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(Images via Lauren Pressey for Homepolish)

Emily Bihl
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter currently undoing a lifetime of healthy eating in the great city of New Orleans. When she’s not writing, she can be found covered in clay at the ceramics studio or attempting an approximated downward dog. She likes her black labrador Selkie, unexpected anagrams, and cracking the sugar on creme brûlée with the back of a spoon.

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)