Hollywood is home to the world’s most vast collection of TV and film landmarks. From Hollywood Hills to Sunset Blvd, to Beverly Hills and Melrose Place. Hollywood to many - is a city of dreams. With it’s unique architecture featuring classical regency and midcentury modern designs, to it’s magical essence and diverse population. Hollywood simply does not look or feel like anywhere else. And when I first visited Los Angeles back in 2015, I knew that one day this is where I would call home.
Like many people who move to Los Angeles pursuing a dream, the road to success is rarely an easy one. When I first moved here, I re-located five times within the first four months. From Airbnb to short-term leases, it was a stressful and expensive few months to say the least. As luck would have it, I finally landed my first sacred home in the heart of Hollywood December of 2017.
I spent over a thousand dollars a month to occupy my roommates living room, and sometimes her bedroom when she was away traveling. I ended up living there for almost a year and throughout that year, remember people always asking me, “how are you okay paying so much to live in a living room?” The answer to me was always an obvious one. “Because I love it.”
Just as you’ll pay 3x the rent to live on Malibu’s coastline or New York City’s Upper East Side, location is everything. And for me, spending $1000+ a month to live in a neighborhood that I loved with a roommate that I felt comfortable with, was always more than worth it.
Fast-forward to November 2018 and I was signing my first lease for an apartment in Hollywood - by myself.
I don’t think words could truly express the importance of having a space. A place for you to fuel in the mornings, relax in the evenings, and retreat to on your days off.
When I have guests at the apartment, they typically say something along the lines of my apartment having a certain “vibe.” And as much as I would like to think there is some brilliant energy circulating my apartment and infusing it with greatness, I am far too of a realist to really believe that.
It’s design, organization, plants, candles, books, clothes, sounds, cleanliness and all of my other favorite things that infuse its tranquility. In the words of Marie Kondo, “the space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming, not the person we were in the past.” I live by these words and continually strive to fill growth-inspired decor and energy into this sacred space I call home everyday.