I met Heather and Chachi for the first time in L.A. when my boyfriend, Dan, and I stayed with them before driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Fran. Dan has known Chachi through skating in
Philly and had nothing but nice things to say about their place when they lived in Philly together.
When we arrived at their house, I immediately fell in love with their space. At the time, I had never lived with anyone that I dated and I didn't know any young couples with beautiful homes. Heather and Chachi's was the first place I walked into and thought wow, this is their home. I found it really inspiring.
That was a few years ago and there place has only gotten cuter since. Here's a peek at their unique L.A. home in Echo Park.
Q: When you guys moved from Philly to LA, what was the home-hunting process like? Was there one thing in particular that you guys had to have when searching for your new place?
Heather: We had about 2 months to find a place when we moved to LA. We were looking for a place that was light and airy, had a small yard and a lot of character. We love the 1920’s stove and original tile work. The original details were important to us.
Q: Once you moved in, what was the biggest challenge you faced? What was the biggest surprise?
Heather: The biggest surprise when we moved here, coming from Philadelphia, was that our place did not have heat! We definitely didn’t expect it and have space heaters to keep us warm during our 60 degree winters.
Q: Now that you are all settled in, what do you love most about your home? What piece in your home is most special to you?
Heather: The most special thing about our home to me is our kitchen. I have really learned to cook since I’ve been living in LA. We love making vegan food and sharing it with friends.
Heather: The pale yellow 1960’s Barcelona Chairs are really important to me. I inherited them from my grand mom when she died. She had amazing taste and those chairs became the focal point and inspiration for how we chose to decorate our home. We love midcentury furniture because of her and look for it when we are scouring flea markets in LA. All of the details in our place were found at flea markets. Any Sunday you can always find a different flea market in and around LA to pick up vintage planters, wall hangings, and pottery.
Q: If you guys decide to own one day, what would your dream home absolutely include and why?
Heather: My dream Los Angeles home would include an enclosed back yard area where we can entertain friends, a pretty porch to hang plants and watch the sunsets, more counter space in the kitchen to spread out a little more, and lots more light beaming in through the windows! I could go on and on!
What’s what: The striped planter on our cocktail table is a hand-me-down… from the same grand mom who gave me the chairs. She gave it to my mom and my mom gave it to me. It’s so old and the colors go well in the apartment. The vintage wall hanging above our desk was found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I love the different textures and size of it. It brightens up the brown wall. The Bull Skull was gotten in New Mexico when we were driving across the country. One of the many momentos from the best road trip we have ever had! The Record Player is one of our favorite pieces in our apartment. We love listening to records and are constantly buying new old records whenever we find them. We have been listening to a lot of Waylon Jennings lately.
Ryan is the International Sales Representative for Baker Skate Boards and I am a wardrobe stylist. Both of us work in Los Angeles. We have a sweet 3lb Chihuahua named Ruby who we can't live with out!
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