Saturday, June 4, 2016

Meet West LA queen of kitschy-cool boho home decor

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Marisa Vitale

Carly Petersmeyer says the way to avoid getting overwhelmed in your boho home is to paint the walls first and build your décor around them. That’s what she and husband James did in their West LA bungalow, fashioning their signature kitschy-cool boho look around harder-to-renovate fixtures that weren’t necessarily what they would have chosen but what they've chosen to live with.

Two years later and what have they got? A quirky domecile full of colors and collections that speak to their creative souls and remain a fascination for all who visit. And something else you can’t put a price on: the feeling that they’ve finally "moved in."


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Kitty Murray often greets visitors in the front hall.


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But the expansive living room is the first room you see when you walk in the 1,250-square-foot ranch home.


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The giant carob tree piece is from Ed Lee Woodworks, but James spent about 36 hours sanding it down so it could do double duty as a table at dinner parties.


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The couple kept all the original elements of the kitchen, then added their own layers of interests. I’m crushing on that wicker peacock chair. Those were so big back in the 1970s and 80s. Didn't everyone have a high school or college graduation picture taken sitting in or standing by one? 


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When the kitchen came with raspberry tile floors, Carly made raspberry lemonade, so to speak, by painting the walls Princess Pink.


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Touches that reflect the couple’s quirky sensibility are tucked everywhere. "Friends tell us the house is like a living museum," Carly says.


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The kitchen opens into this family room, which Carly and James utilize as a lounge, music room, and place to display some unique art pieces.


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It’s also Murray’s favorite spot to sunbathe.


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You might even call this room "Murray’s Lounge," since this photo of him yawning—singing?—reigns over the room.


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The bedroom showcases Carly’s collection of ladies.


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And even the bathroom reflects the pair's funky sensability.


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The couple uses another bedroom as a second lounge. James keeps a lot of his art pieces in here, including the over-size pencil he made in high school and the table he fashioned from a fire hydrant.


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As you can see, the outside of this home is just as unique as the inside. They recently became the first house on the block to redo landscaping, and Carly says people rubber neck when they pass the house, checking it out.

You can see more of and read more about this home, including paint colors, accessory sources, and Carly’s favorite shopping haunts, at Apartment Therapy. And, if you want to be sure not to miss more boho home tours like this one, follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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