Transform Your Urban Condominium into a Coastal Cottage
Dana Kofsky may live in a Los Angeles condominium, but her home feels like a seaside cottage—and so can yours.
When Dana purchased the 1,700 square-foot condo, the divergence between her idea of her dream home and the reality of her apartment complex couldn’t be more striking. “It looked like the 1970s had never left the building!” she recalls. But she didn’t let the condo’s sorry state deter her from going all out in creating her living area to her specifications.
“I did a total remodel,” Dana says, “from top to bottom. We did everything at once. As far as the bones of the condo, we left almost everything in its original form; we only knocked out a few walls and cut a wall down in the bathroom to give it a larger look. My contractor pulled up the floor and removed the ‘cottage cheese’ ceilings. He and I met several times so that he could help me put my style into the bones of the condo.” Dana also had expert help in styling her “beachy chic” condo from interior designer Liza Price, and from proprietress of home décor shop Tumbleweed & Dandelion Lizabeth K. McGraw. The two designers helped Dana select a color scheme: a clean, simple color palette inspired by the seashore: light blue, white, seafoam green and sand.
By following designer Liza Price’s advice, you too can transform your generic condo into a custom beach cottage.
–“You don’t need to use the space as the floor plan dictates. Think outside the box when decorating a condo. For example, I convinced Dana to move her dining space to the end of her living space rather than keep it in the designated dining area by the kitchen. This way her dining area is by the doors to the balcony so she can dine alfresco on warm California nights. And the original dining area has become a cozy place to read and drink tea.”
–“Try to cut back on clutter, and don’t over-accessorize. Space is limited in condos.”
–“Accessorize with fresh flowers and plants. Ivys and ferns are my favorite.”
–“Bring things in from the outdoors. Urns, lanterns and garden bistro chairs will make a condo feel more like a home.”
–“Maximize light. Most condos have a limited amount of windows. Use light paint colors, light floors and light, durable, washable fabrics.”
By Meryl Schoenbaum
Photographed by Mark Tanner
Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel and Lizabeth K. McGraw