Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Favorite Room Feature: Mint Love Social Club

We first happened upon Natalie's blog because of her unique entertaining ideas, not to mention her one of a kind cocktail recipes. Natalie is insanely creative and we love everything that she does. She is a super fashionista and now we have realized, a closet interior  designer. Wait until you see her space! Take it away Natalie! 
Hi Sadie & Stella readers!  I am visiting today from Mint Love Social Club to share with you my favorite room.  My fiance and I moved into our loft in downtown Los Angeles back in February.  There aren't many defined living spaces in our loft, so I will be sharing a part of the open living space that we have made into our living and dining room.

First up, lets check out our "dining room." We went on a bit of a furniture shopping spree before moving here and the dining room contains some of my favorite shopping finds including our huge table.  The table has a solid wood top and colonial style legs that were painted to look distressed, but not in a good way.  We took the table to Pepe's in Silverlake and had him sand it down and re-paint it in a high-gloss black.  We absolutely love to entertain and the table comfortably fits 6 to 8, but we have definitely stretched it to 10 on occasion.  The chairs are from Ikea and were actually a lucky Craigslist find.  The best thing about the chairs is that the slipcovers can be removed and washed or switched out for other colors/patterns Ikea makes.

Along with loving to entertain, we also love making classic cocktails which made finding a great bar a big priority for this space.  We found our "bar" at Pepe's as well, it is a beautiful solid wood credenza with great built in shelving and slide out drawers.  It was originally a deep cognac wood color, but we also had it professionally painted.  You can read more about the accoutrements that make up our bar in this post.

If I am not spending time out on our deck, the next place you will find me is in our "living room."  This room is a mix of vintage decor, family furniture hand-me-downs, Ikea pieces, and Craigslist finds.  Our couches are from an interior designer we found on Craigslist who originally had the sofas custom made for her own home but was going in a different direction with her design.  Because of how open the space was, we were having a hard time finding a coffee table that was large enough for both couches to use.  So we simply purchased two of the same ikea "tv stands" and pushed them together.  Our wood armchairs were sourced from the trash (yes, the trash) and we gave them a face lift with some new cushions and a bit of stain (you can see the before/after post  here).

One of my main goals was to make the large loft space feel like a home.  As we always have people over, I never want to create a space where people don't feel like they can relax and put their feet up.  I really love every aspect of our living/dining room and poured my heart into finding the perfect pieces to fit both our style and the large space. 

We hope you enjoyed looking into Natalie's space. We know we did! Have a fabulous day lovelies!


  1. Wow this is an amazing before and after!! What a great eye she has, love the space that feels modern, fresh, hip but still very elegant at the same time. Beautiful....her blog sounds great too, will check it out. Thanks!

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