Saturday, September 2, 2017

A boho home like no Sunday School I know

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Churches repurposed into homes are out-of-the-ordinary but hardly unheard-of. But what about living in achurch basement and going to Sunday School day and night, every day of the week? Los Angeles residents 

Lourdes Hernandez and Zach Leigh actually got married in the upstairs of this Highland Park church then decided to buy it to live in, refurbish, and rent out.


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They first thought they’d use the upstairs as a music venue since both are musicians. But the church’s potential as a wedding venue was all too clear, and The Ruby Street is now booked with weddings nearly every weekend. And the home they’ve built together in the basement of their income property is an amazing boho mix of their tastes, styles and interests. 


Divide, conquer and cozy-up


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The biggest decorating challenge involved keeping the 1,900 square feet of space completely open but with cozy, welcoming areas.


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A friend painted the “Sunday School” sign on the reeded glass entrance door.


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The kitchen is tucked in one corner, with an IKEA island on wheels for work space and IKEA shelving for extra storage.


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A bright and cheery IKEA sofa separates the TV viewing area from an office the couple shares.


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A DIY desk allows both to work comfortably side-by-side.


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The desk was made from finished plywood with legs added. As large as the work surface is, Zach says it still fills up.


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The couple removed the actual wall that separated the stairs from the rest of the home and installed this yarn wall instead. It’s anchored by eye hooks, top and bottom, and adds just the right amount of division and whimsy to the space.


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A living room area features a vintage sofa, coffee table, and mirror.


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Three identical hanging planters and plants help separate the living room from the rest of the space.


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Friends call the place “a playground for adults,” and it’s easy to see why.


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The desk is a midcentury modern reproduction from West Elm and functions to hold bar essentials, as well as collections.


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Lourdes believes in making items you use part of the décor, so guitars hang on walls and cases stack under credenzas.


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The credenza also functions as a divider between living space and sleeping space. The couple designed the bed and had it custom-made to fit the existing nook. Lourdes says this is her favorite part of their home.


Doors where they're needed


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The closet is one of only two completely walled-off-with-door areas in the home. Lots of shelving has been added to keep everything neat tidy, including Lourdes’ fun shoe collection.


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The bathroom is, of course, the other. The same artist who painted “Sunday School” on the front door painted “Clean” on the door to the bathroom.


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That marble tub is a looker, but those Pendleton towels grabbed my attention first. Such a classic stripe!


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And an indoor SAUNA!! Absolutely to-die-for!


A hefty dose of fun, funk and fantastic charm


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More IKEA shelves divide the space, and another guitar decorates a support column. But look a little closer…


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The shelves hold a collection of vintage cameras. Say cheese!


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And just beyond the shelves is a music performance area, stage and all.


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The faux melting ice cream cone is one of Zach’s keepsakes. It was his favorite thing from his grandmother’s house.


If you want more…


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  • Continue your tour of this boho home at Apartment Therapy. There’s lots more photos to see and even source info. 
  • Learn more about The Ruby Street. You might even want to schedule your next wedding there! 
  • Lourdes’ new album, Karaoke, is available through her website, Russian Red. You can also follow her on Instagram. 
  • Learn about The Good Form, an LA rehab firm where Zach works as a designer/builder. You can follow him on Instagram as well. 
  • Shop (and follow!) both my Etsy and ebay stores for vintage finds, a few of my boho DIYs, and next-to-new surplus home decor. New merchandise gets added daily, so check both places often.
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