Sarah's Warm Bohemian Home

Sarah's Warm Bohemian Home

Bethany Nauert
Jul 2, 2012

Name: Sarah Rodenhouse
Location: Silver Lake, California
Size: 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathroom house
Years lived in: 2 years— Own

Sarah lives in a cozy bohemian charmer right in the hills of Silver Lake. Her style mixes up new and vintage accessories and furniture. She loves color, texture and a home full of artwork and music. With the help of her friend, interior designer Sally Breer, she was able to create a comfortable and stylish place to call home.

Sarah was lucky when she found this house: not only did she love the floor plan and paint colors (from the previous owners), she also found a place with ample outdoor space. When I asked her what the most significant thing in her home was she stated that it was not only a mix of sentimental belongings like photos from her grandparents weddings, but also her love of the cuckoo clock she brought home from Berlin.

She has an amazing outdoor family room space with a great view of hills. "I'd certainly have to say that having and making an outdoor space special was absolutely essential for me. I really wanted to have a fun and eclectic backyard to enjoy the incredible Southern California weather."

She has furnished her house with a mix of new accessories and some vintage remastered pieces. I love her use of color and texture. She really went for a fun palette of hues in all different tones, which I feel brings a sense of vibrance to each room. With a formal guest room with en-suite bathroom, she can accommodate friends and family very easily.
"For me, I'd have to say comfort! I'm always thinking of ways to make my home more cozy and warm by adding fabric, rugs and candles."

I'd like to thank Kevin Mincin for introducing me to Sarah. When he suggested I go see her home, I knew it would be a great home to tour.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: vintage, bohemian, industrial

Inspiration: I'm really inspired by things I see while traveling, pieces with history to them and music actually!

Favorite Element: I love my living room because it's so cozy with the fireplace and a great room for entertaining with the turn table and speaker set up.

Biggest Challenge: As silly as it might sound, picking the right shade of gray for the living room was a lot harder than I anticipated! It had to be repainted a few times...thanks to my mom for helping me decide on the perfect color and my dad for getting it on the wall and ceiling.

What Friends Say: "Great Feng Shui" and my favorite comment is always "it feels like home". I love for my friends to feel comfortable when they're spending time in my home.

Biggest Embarrassment: I guess I don't really have one...I've had lots of fun with this place so far.

Proudest DIY: I think I'd have to say my DJ table. It adds a fun pop of color to the living room and I love the cute hardware I used.

Biggest Indulgence: Probably my outdoor space. It so easily translates from day to night. It's a great place to relax and appreciate the beautiful California weather and my delicious grapes during the day and perfect for enjoying a glass of wine with the fire pit and a movie projected on the neighbor's garage wall in the evening.

Best Advice: If you're like me and have a lot of hand-me-downs and random pieces from past living spaces, have fun with tying them all together, and when that doesn't work give my friend Sally Breer a call. She has really done an amazing job with finishing touches and helping me get some great major pieces to fill in the blanks!

Dream Sources: Flea Markets and Antique stores


Images: Bethany Nauert

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