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Katie's Hillside Bungalow




Los Angeles, California



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What I Love About My Home

I love the bright light, great views, and positive energy in our little hillside bungalow. I'm proud to have furnished our home entirely with thrift store and roadside finds, I strive to live in great style on a really modest budget. I also love our little terraced garden and our pet chickens that cluck outside our bedroom window under the Meyer lemon tree (I wish I could share more photos!)

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

Storage! The small bedroom closet is the only storage in the ENTIRE house. We decided to turn the tiny "second bedroom" into a dressing room where my boyfriend and I keep all our hanging clothes and shoes. The room serves double duty as a guest room - we lined the room with floor to ceiling curtains that we can close to hide the clothes. Though a full size inflatable mattress just barely fits, the curtains paired with the chandelier make for a pretty glam guest experience. We installed shelves in the bedroom closet so it can function as our linen closet and also stores all the bathroom supplies.

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That's a lovely red sofa.

posted by MonicaK__ on April 19, 2011 at 11:55am
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Amazing amazing love where your heads at

posted by Kvaty on April 19, 2011 at 11:54am
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YES! Finally a little that represents!! I've been waiting for a great little entry, now hopefully a great small will arrive!

posted by azaleasmoke on April 19, 2011 at 12:11pm
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You have great taste. Everything in your home has such style that the size of the place becomes secondary. I covet the living room rug! Great job.

posted by cvgmiami on April 19, 2011 at 9:10am
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Colorful and lovely.

posted by Katrin_TakingNotes on April 19, 2011 at 9:27am
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Oh. Bathtub envy.

posted by Reeses902 on April 19, 2011 at 9:44am
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I love how your little pup is almost camouflaged in the first picture!

posted by AmyinPittsburgh on April 19, 2011 at 1:26pm
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AT, can I get a house tour?

posted by madera on April 19, 2011 at 11:47am
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A dressing room does indeed deserve three exclamation marks! Lol. Nice, lovely and cosy. x

posted by PeteG on April 19, 2011 at 11:39am
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I want to see the chickens and meyer lemon tree!!!

posted by arnold on April 19, 2011 at 11:39am
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those rugs are thrift store finds?! AMAZING!

posted by Vanessa from vanessabottoni.blogspot.com on April 19, 2011 at 11:41am
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this is a study in awesomeness and inventive style! love that bright rug and the chandelier. and the bright red couch.

posted by blackrose on April 19, 2011 at 11:46am
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Adore the rugs and the sense of tranquility.

I also love your little hand-drawn layout. Or whatever it's called.

posted by MarlyK on April 19, 2011 at 11:52am
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This is super stylish and the fact that you got most of the furnishings from thrift stores and roadside finds.....ahhhh my heart-a-flutter! Great job and your space is lovely!I too need to see more!

posted by her_royal_gr8ness on April 19, 2011 at 12:09pm
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love it. makes me miss LA.

posted by raddlesnack on April 19, 2011 at 12:09pm
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Love your dressing room, what a neat idea! I wish I could have seen pictures of the outdoor space, from the looks of your apt., I'm sure it's gorgeous!

posted by Raaina on April 19, 2011 at 12:14pm
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Nefertiti?! Love it.

posted by Honore on April 19, 2011 at 12:15pm
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posted by callaloo on April 19, 2011 at 12:16pm
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Such great style throughout! I'm so going shopping at thrift stores from now on. What awesome finds. LOVE the rug in your bedroom!

posted by Tracy333 on April 19, 2011 at 12:16pm
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What a totally lovely home! And I covet that bedroom rug!
(Yes, a House Tour!)

posted by *lynn* on April 19, 2011 at 12:43pm
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That's the trouble with this showing off of thrift store awesomeness, now everyone will be searching, and getting in my way.
Here's a tip on beautiful rugs for you admirers: Persian rugs are being liquidated due to an embargo and Rugman is selling all. Call them for the liquidation prices and and your order will come with more coupons so share with friends if you can. I ordered a few and they were not as soft as I'd hoped (to use them for upholstery) but they are pretty nice rugs.
Good luck Katie with your lovely home!

posted by Kate (NC) on April 19, 2011 at 1:02pm
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Also, if you look at rugs online, you will be "google stalked" and rug ads will follow you constantly until you break down and buy, buy, buy. Don't say I didn't warn you with the tip.

posted by Kate (NC) on April 19, 2011 at 1:04pm
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who is rugman?? Is that a site? Extra info please!!

posted by azaleasmoke on April 19, 2011 at 1:19pm
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Can I ask if you own or rent? I have to say I am pretty in love with this one. It's one of the ones that I know I would be ecstatic to live in.

posted by azaleasmoke on April 19, 2011 at 1:23pm
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Love the rugs and the bathroom is dreamy! A tulip table doesn't hurt either....

posted by fulinlin on April 19, 2011 at 1:31pm
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Oh what I would give for your bath tub!

At first when I saw the dressing room off of the kitchen I thought, how strange to have your clothes so far from your bedroom. But on second consideration I can picture myself making breakfast and picking out my clothes at the same time easily. And having a separate dressing room must keep your bedroom much tidier <says the girl with a pile of clothes on her bedroom occasional chair>

posted by witzz on April 19, 2011 at 1:33pm
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Google Rugman, it comes up.
I also bought from e carpet hot deals after reading about it on someone's house tour.
Tip two: Be sure to inspect any thrift store rugs thoroughly and sniff them too. Usually they are cast out for a reason.

posted by Kate (NC) on April 19, 2011 at 1:43pm
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great textiles - love the bright colours in the living room.

posted by Pamela L on April 19, 2011 at 2:01pm
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Love how the puppy blends with the pillow! LOL

posted by cbeatty23 on April 19, 2011 at 5:32pm
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Love your rugs!

posted by CanadianMango on April 19, 2011 at 3:47pm
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I wish I could see more pictures of that dressing/guest room!!

posted by kalemany on April 19, 2011 at 4:06pm
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where's the backyard and the chickadees at!?

posted by miss.anna on April 19, 2011 at 5:35pm
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So cute! Love the Nefertiti!

posted by owlmug on April 19, 2011 at 6:11pm
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I am jealous. I love this place. Lots of treasures and personality but not too much. I want to take a bath in that tub, then curl up and read on the sofa! I would like to see something more magnificent over the bed though. I think it's needed.

posted by sweethomesweet on April 19, 2011 at 7:42pm
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I love the tub & the closet/dressing room... interesting space.

posted by Dana J on April 19, 2011 at 7:48pm
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I know! The bed needs a Moroccan Wedding blanket!! They're affordable and beautiful (and have stood up to my two dogs and two cats). AT featured them here:


And yep, this place is still my favorite. I was just checking.

posted by cvgmiami on April 19, 2011 at 8:18pm
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great bathroom, and great place overall. i think i o.d.'d on too many 'driftwood' coffee tables in the 70's and 80's, because i'm not feeling it, but the place as a whole is sweet

posted by formosagirl on April 19, 2011 at 11:55pm
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I can't express how much I LOVE that bathroom!!!

posted by aynn on April 19, 2011 at 8:53pm
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Love the side tables in the living room and bedroom. Where did you find those? Well done! Bedroom rug is fantastic.

posted by AnnArborChic on April 19, 2011 at 11:05pm
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Hi everyone, this is Katie, thanks so much for the kind comments, you guys are the best!

I agree that the bedroom could use a Moroccan wedding blanket, I'm always looking out for one. The side tables are from a thrift store (st vincent de paul). azaleasmoke, i own the house, bought it last summer!

posted by KShea on April 19, 2011 at 11:46pm
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i wish i could see more! wonderful sense of color and such interesting pieces.

posted by louisonnie on April 20, 2011 at 2:28pm
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THE RUGS! I know many have commented, but that one in the living room is fantastic.

posted by AUNTJACKIE on April 21, 2011 at 2:28pm
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OMG, a dressing room!

posted by nato on April 21, 2011 at 4:06pm
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Hi Apartment Therapy friends, I see a lot of comments and questions on these entries about rugs, which has started me on a hunt. I wanted to share this site with you (affordable, great selection and tons of chevron rugs). No, I don't work for them, just sharing a good resource.


posted by cvgmiami on April 22, 2011 at 12:27pm
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this is one of my favorite bathrooms ive seen. so simple, so perfect!

posted by EmilyRo on April 24, 2011 at 4:12pm
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carpet and sofa envy!

posted by readthedirections on April 28, 2011 at 7:20pm
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that must be the cutest dog I've ever seen! I love your place!

posted by Nicole Majewska on April 29, 2011 at 12:09pm
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Whoa..that is my dog's twin! Or he is staying with you in the daytime. I'm also in LA. Great space too!

posted by MellowModernMegan on April 29, 2011 at 2:34pm
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i´m gonna steal your style! love it!!

posted by desde muy lejos on April 29, 2011 at 2:45pm
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love this place !!

posted by pizzapi on May 18, 2011 at 4:28am
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