My LA apartment: The good, the bad and the ugly

It’s been a while since you last saw me and I’ve been very busy:  a cross-country from NYC to LA with a new empty apartment to furnish from scratch waiting for me at the other end. Curious to see what my new LA apartment looked like when I first got to LA? In this episode, you’ll see the good, the bad and the ugly of my new home, and a sneak peak at some of the DIY projects you’ll see in upcoming episodes.

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  1. Athena Christos

    Hello, and very good luck to you. I really enjoy your website and am extremely looking forward to your new layout. Wish you all the best and I will be watching!

  2. emel

    you should know that also in this part of the world you are fallowed. I fallow you not for decorating ideas only, but to travel alongside your ‘flying brain’ enjoying the way it functions, finds witty + functional solutions. İt’s like a brain training. Congrajulations and thank you.

  3. Eleena Ooi

    Yes, finally Season 2. Greetings from Asia.

  4. Delmy

    Can’t wait to see how your place turns out. Welcome to L.A!!! What part of town did you end up by? I am by Culver City.

    • Isabelle

      Thanks! I looked at so many areas before finding my apartment and ended up near the Beverly Center – I love how central it is to everything!

      • DELMY

        That’s really close. You are right by Cedar Sinai and the Ivy, cute doctors and eye candy. I hope you love Los Angeles. I love your videos!!!

        • Isabelle

          Really loving the weather, that’s for sure. I’m so happy I picked this winter to move West! Thanks so much!

  5. Chantal

    Hello from Quebec! I just finished looking at all your videos and they are amazing! I can’t wait for you to do more. By the way, do you have a french background? Your name is sooo french!

    • Isabelle

      Salut! Et merci 🙂 Yes, as my name suggests, I’m 100% French Canadian 🙂

      • Lynne

        Bonjour Isabelle! Glad to see a ‘pure laine’ making it happen in the US of A! As I write these words, I hail from Ottawa, but am originally from “Ville Marie”. Isabelle, I looooooove each and everyone of the episodes you’ve presented so far. You’ve inspired me to tackle some of the ideas floating in my head. You’ve helped me get over my “fears” of DIY and face my projects head on! In fact, I will adapt your NYC balcony re-do into my own back deck re-do, specifically the bench seating. I was already too far along on the privacy walls (with the much-needed, much-appreciated help of my 21-y.o. son, an engineering student) when I stumbled upon your FB wall. Nevertheless, I am (mentally) working to integrate your privacy wall idea unto the remaining 2 sides of my deck. I would be so proud if I could share pictures of my project(s) once completed.
        All the best to you in LA! As my cousin once said: “If I’m gonna live in the States, I’m pickin’ my state”! 😀

        • Isabelle

          Bonjour Lynne!
          Et oui, “pure laine” in the US of A 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words – it really helps keep me going, knowing that my ideas are helpful and that I can reach people all over the world, including all the way back home 🙂 With any project, I find it’s making the leap from idea in your head to getting started that the hardest part. There’s no time like the present to get started: “Just Do It!” as they say 🙂 Please, do share pictures of your finished project – I would love to see it! Good luck finishing it and it’s really nice to hear that your “engineer in the making” is helping you out!

          All the best to you in Ottawa,

          • Lynne

            Merci, Isabelle, for the opportunity to share (and maybe brag a little at the same time!…). Hopefully, I’ll be done before the snow flies!! Mother Nature’s been rather uncooperative lately with all the rain that came down in the last 4-6 weeks and that has delayed my ‘sunset’ date for the project by a mile!… 🙁 As soon as the whole thing is up (literally, it’s a pergola!), I will send you a few choice pictures.
            Best regards,
            Lynne :0)

  6. Love your videos! Moving from a 4BR home with full basement and 2-car garage to a 2-BR apt in Tulsa was a challenge! Love the apartment living ideas and cannot wait for more of Season 2 ! 🙂

    • Isabelle

      Thank you so much! It was definitely a challenge for me too when I downsized from a large 2 bedroom apartment to a tiny studio when I moved to NYC, so I can relate! Glad my ideas are helpful and thanks for watching 🙂

  7. Maya

    Hi Isabelle!

    Welcome to sunny California!!! ( well except for today when it’s pouring like cats and dogs). I have been watching your videos and you have great amount of creativity. I can’t wait to see your new space and how you turn it around to your liking and also in the process learn from your DIY videos. I was wondering if you would ever consider helping folks with their home decorating needs? I live in Orange County (60 miles from LA) and I have been looking for some fresh ideas to decorate my home. Hence the question about your thoughts on being able to provide ideas/suggestion etc. I am sure you are crazy busy at the moment, but would love to hear back from you. Thank you for inspiring us to be creative :).

    • Isabelle

      Hi! Thanks so much! Indeed, no sun today but I actually enjoyed the rain – the way I see it, it’s way better than snow 🙂 I’m not doing any private consultations at the moment but it’s definitely something that’s a possibility in the future. I’ll keep you posted as things develop. Thanks for watching 🙂

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  9. Jenny Long

    Isabelle I am not very fond of banquettes, but I just love the one you made. I really would like to try to make one myself. I love your site and look forward to your next videos. Can not wait to see the rest of your make over in your new apt. Keep up the great work.

  10. Marianne

    I just finished watching all of season 2. It was so much fun to watch, learn and be inspired while you get settled into your new apartment. I’ve got so many of ideas floating around my head right now! I can hardly wait to see what you come up with next. 🙂

    • Isabelle

      Thank you so much Marianne! It’s been a lot of fun coming up with ways to make my new apartment feel like home, glad you’re along for the journey 🙂

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