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February 23, 2017

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Today I’m taking you inside our loft with a peek at our living space. Over the past couple of years so many of you have asked for a home tour. I’ve shown snippets here and there but as a rather private person I’ve been a bit hesitant to share our home, but today I’m finally giving you a look into our loft.Β  This post is bittersweet for me because as this post is being published we’ve actually packed everything up inside a moving truck and are on the road as we are relocating to Tampa, Florida! If you remember our Florida trip over the holiday this was a trip to explore the area and see if we could actually live there. I’ve lived in California for pretty much my entire life but both my husband and I felt like we were ready for a change of scenery and so decided to embark on a new adventure. There were a number of reasons we picked Florida, but the main reasons were weather and pet-related. We both like warm weather (I can’t remember the last time we’ve seen snow!) and the warm Florida climate seemed like the perfect place to transition to. Also because we have two dogs and a cat we ruled out cities for the time being. Our dogs need a nearby park or a backyard to run around in. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions for me. I can’t help but feel excited, sad, thrilled, apprehensive, and happy all at the same time. California has been home and I’ve never lived in another place since I was seven (aside from a couple months of travel) so leaving kinda breaks my heart. However we aren’t really saying goodbye. Who knows what will happen in the future, we may return or might find we fall in love with another city. Right now we’re saying yes to new adventures.

Enough rambling, onto our home tour. When we moved into this loft we were looking for a small-to-medium yet modern looking space. The floor to ceiling windows were just to die for beautiful and we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it. The concrete building was so different from our beach house that we had lived in previously for almost a decade. Out of all the places I’ve lived this has definitely been one of the most unique and memorable. I wanted to document bits here and there for memories and thought I’d share it with you too.

I have an empty space photo to show, this is what it looks like right before we moved out, empty just like it did when we moved in. Since it’s a loft it’s primarily an open space although the kitchen area is lined upΒ  on a dividing wall to separate the bedroom/office area.

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

How we furnished the living room below. Since lofts tend to be small, all space had to be used or multi-purpose. The living area also has a work out section with a treadmill and a marble desk that doubles as a dining area and work space. By the time I took these photos we had already started packing up some of our things but this is pretty much what it looked like while we lived here. I’ll list our furniture at the bottom by room.

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Modern California Loft Pets | The Beauty Look Book

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Our loft is basically one big open space however we did have a partial dividing wall to separate an area for the bedroom and a corner by the window that I could use as my blog/work/storage area. The bedroom area was large enough for a king size bed and Ikea closet units with plenty of room for dressers and a side chair (not shown).

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Bathroom:

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

My work corner and a peek at how I organize my beauty products. Organization has always been a challenge. As a beauty blogger I go through quite a bit of product for testing and also for use. Being able to find things is essential especially for referencing items for comparisons or just know where something is when I want to use it. The organization system has always been evolving. I’ll do a separate post on organization for beauty. For now here’s a look at the different items I’ve tried. My husband had begged me for months to invest in a good tall cabinet or tall drawer unit. I was reluctant to install a closet system anywhere because for beauty products I either needed shallow drawers to be able to see things laid out versus stacked. Or I needed something clear to be able to see things easily.

Since I don’t use products from a single brand, bur rather many and also since makeup and skincare comes in a shapes, sizes, heights, widths etc. finding something to store a wide range of items has been challenging. I started with Muji acrylic drawers which I find great for lipstick, glosses, small compacts, but it requires you to lay things flat. Also sizes are limited. It took me over a year of research to decide what other acrylic units to invest in. Many are expensive and the biggest deterrent for me was the time it took to make and ship the units. Some said it would take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks as each one was custom made. I lack patience when it comes to shipping so I didn’t order one until I found two options that would ship immediately. GLAMboxes launched on QVC with inexpensive quick shipping so I ordered the GLAMboxes GLAMpetite with a Partial Lid ($199). Another one I found with good reviews is the Original Beauty Box and they did not have a long wait time for shipping so I also ordered the Deluxe Beauty Box ($159) to compare. Both are well made and the drawers slide easily and smoothly which was really important for me. I haven’t seen a wide range of acrylic units so I can’t report on quality comparisons to other brands, but both are functional, well made, sturdy and work well. Since the Original Beauty Box has drawers that are taller it worked better for me. Although it can get heavy if you stack items – I haven’t had any issues opening the drawers with what I put inside though. I liked the Original Beauty Box so much I ordered two more.

Other storage units include Ikea Alex Drawers (I like the wider ones). Inside I use Container Store plastic bins and lipstick dividers to store and organize products. They aren’t completely filled with plastic bins as I find some items are ok free floating.

To organize new products to be tested or swatched I started using clear plastic shoe boxes from the Container Store. The ones I bought were relatively cheap in price and look and feel cheap, but they are functional and fit my bookshelves perfectly so right now they work.

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Modern California Loft | The Beauty Look Book

Below, left to right: GLAMboxes GLAMpetite with a Partial Lid, Muji Acrylic Stand, Ikea Alex Drawer with Container Store plastic dividers

Beauty Storage Glamboxes vs Original Beauty Box | The Beauty Look Book

I’ve tried to list everything by room for those curious about where we bought our home furnishings. It took us at least six months to fully furnish the place as we found it challenging to find what we wanted that would ship within a reasonable time. It had been a few years since we did major furniture shopping so we did not realize that buying furniture would require sometimes several months for delivery time. If there’s anything I missed let me know – I will be traveling cross country this week but will get back to you as soon as we’ve had a chance to settle in.

Living Room

  • Rochelle Couch from Crate and Barrel
  • Rochelle Side Chairs from Crate and Barrel
  • Wooden coffee table from Crate and Barrel, discontinued old style, current version here
  • Tulip round side tables (one marble, one black wood) from Rove Concepts
  • Side rectangular glass tables from Crate and Barrel
  • Large floor lamp from CB2
  • Black leather chairs from IFN Modern
  • Blue rug from Crate and Barrel
  • Large metal tray from Pottery Barn (old style)
  • Walnut shelves and console from Modani (older styles)
  • Treadmill from Nordic Track (last year’s model, current one is the 1750 here)
  • Yoga mat by Manduka (old style, but it’s the PRO version)

Bathroom

Bedroom

  • Bed from Crate and Barrel, Tate Style
  • Bedding from a mix of West Elm (braided quilt and mini stripe coverlets) and Pottery Barn (old style)
  • Closet solutions and shoe storage from Ikea
  • Night stand tables from Crate and Barrel (Osborn style, discontinued)

My Office Space

I hope you enjoyed this home tour even though by now we have moved on. There were some areas such as our closet, kitchen details and bathroom areas which I didn’t photograph but hope this gives you a glimpse into how we decorated and styled our home. My husband and I have similar but different tastes. He loves more color and fun accents while I would be thrilled to have an entire monochrome house with neutrals. I think we found a good balance with this one. For our next home the space we will have is going to be 2x the size of our loft so there will be a lot of space to fill and decorate.

Many of you have asked how we keep the loft clean with three fluffy pets, all of which have white fur and shed a lot. My husband is the organized and clean one so he did a lot of research on vacuums and pet grooming. We have used an iRobot Roomba for the past 10 years. They get regular use on a daily basis so we’ve gone through 3. We always bought the cheapest option which runs around $400. For Christmas Andrew decided to get the 980 iRobot Roomba as my Christmas present. It’s more than double the price but works noticeably better and hands down well worth the investment – especially if you have pets or if your home gets dusty easily. If you want a list of the other vacuums he’s bought I can list them in this post, but the Roombas are a life saver.

I’ll be on the road for the next several days and will have limited access to my computer while we make our way across the US to our new home. You can follow along on Instagram @beautylookbook as I’ll be posting a few things here and there along the way.

Hope your week is going well! More fun beauty reviews to come as soon as I’ve settled in. I was able to get a sneak preview of the new Tom Ford Soleil items yesterday (details on Instagram and if you can catch IG stories before they disappear) and everything is to die for! I also bought three of the Rouge Coco Glosses which I’ll be putting to the test while on the road.

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  • Rita Cruz

    Is that a real Eames lounge chair? <3 I love the concrete ceiling. Brutalism is the best but so missunderstood.

  • Stunning space!!! I should really take notes on organization… xx

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  • Penelope Jones

    Best of luck to you and husband in your move. My husband and I moved from NYC to Denver a couple of years ago for a change and it can be overwhelming but worth it. Especially when you’re acclimating a cat as well as yourselves! The dogs should do just fine :). Enjoy the journey!

  • Ra

    How well I can understand the whirlwind of emotions you are experiencing!
    Good luck with your new life. Hope all goes fantastically!
    For some reason I always imagined you living in a small villa with garden somewhere near the sea in California πŸ™‚
    Also, can I ask what are your favourite perfumes?

  • Absolutely love your space! You have such good taste in things, I wouldn’t expect less πŸ™‚ Wishing you the best of everything for your new place and adventures!

  • Sharon

    Good Luck with the move! Your house in Florida will also be beautiful!! A house is what the people living in it make of it:)

  • Heather White-Garcia

    Thank you so much for giving us this glimpse into your now former home! Your taste and style is just divine. How exciting that you are taking such a big leap in moving across country – safe travels to your new home! Wishing you much happiness in Florida!

  • Alysha Evans

    Sabrina, I grew up in Tampa and still hold such fondness and nostalgia for the area. I sincerely hope you love the area you’re relocating to and also have an appreciation for Cuban food. I’ve since moved away, but still get homesick thinking of the cuisine I’ve left behind. Whenever I have the opportunity to go home for the holidays or for a long weekend, I always seize the opportunity visit my favorite old restaurants (as well as spend as much time as possible at the beaches)! Cheers to a new beginning and wishing you all the happiness South Florida can bring.

  • Kate G.

    Oh Sabrina, this post was just drool-worthy. From the monochrome and beautifully placed neutral decor and furniture choices to the makeup organization photos (my favorite). I’ve moved almost 30 times in my life, including 4 major cross-country and 1 continent move. Every time I move I think ‘I’ve got the moving thing down,’ but each move / where you are in life / who you are as a person makes it difficult, makes each move different. The absolute best advice I was ever given was to be gentle with yourself and be patient with your new home. Establishing a new community, a new life, a new home takes time. It’s easier when you have buddies (husband, fur babies) but it does take time. Looking forward to hearing more about your new home and adventures. We loved all the art & breweries in St. Pete’s. I wish you a smooth transition and congratulations on this next chapter!

  • Christina

    Congratulations Sabrina on the new chapter in your life! It’s going to be so exciting!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. If I lived in a loft, I would like it styled just like that. I live the clean lines, the color choices, and the brightness that the window brings to the rooms.

  • Stephy

    You had such a beautiful home in California, thank you so much for sharing it with us!
    I can totally understand how you feel about moving to a whole new place. I am originally born and from Tampa, and so I squealed a little when I read you were moving there. I currently moved to Chicago which is a huge difference from Tampa and I was scared to death to move so far away from everyone I know. But as you described, it’s exactly like an adventure and I am so happy I took the leap.
    I always appreciate the time you put into your posts, and I love seeing your adventures. I wish you the best of luck and good wishes on your next adventure. It will be a great one, I know it for sure!

  • Minaxi U

    OMG! I am so glad to hear you’re moving to Florida! I used to live in St. Pete and now live in Naples. We too stayed at Inn on the Fifth when we visited this area and have been to both of the restaurants you mentioned. I have a great sales person at the Nordstrom in Tampa (she works at the Chanel counter) that you can connect with! I purchase everything from her even though I’m in Naples, she’s just the best! I would so love to meet you now that you’re here in Florida!!!

  • gosh, sabrina, your abode is all sorts of charming and sleek. i’m looking at your photos with heart eyes! i love that everything look so seamless especially the bathroom and the work space. such stream of light is to die for. i love open-plan house and yours is like coming straight out of my dream.

    also, congrats on the new chapter! i’m excited for you! πŸ˜€

  • Eileen

    Good luck with your move, Sabrina. Based on all the wonderful travelogues you’ve posted throughout the years, I’d venture to say that you and your husband are adventurous souls πŸ™‚ This is the ideal time in your life to explore options and find those places that awaken your senses while enveloping you in a feeling of peace, contentment, and belonging. When you can face whatever obstacles life throws in your path and still find plenty of reasons to say life is beautiful, you know you have found home.

  • I love your loft (former loft?) so much! And your cat and two dogs.

    Also wondering…where is this loft? I live in a condo in DTLA and am considering moving to loft around there instead. Would this happen to be in LA…?

    Anyway, I wish you the best in Tampa! Can’t wait to see beautiful photos taken at your new house πŸ™‚

  • SoSuSam

    What a big move! I hope it goes very smoothly and that you find much to love in Florida. I live in New England but have close family in Miami (and travel to the Orlando area frequently for work) and have come to love the Sunshine State. (Just be sure you have a hurricane-evacuation plan that includes a place to go with your pets. I don’t mean to be negative at all…it’s just a part of life there, no big deal, like we have blizzards and waaaaay too much snow where I live.) Thanks, by the way, for the beautiful house tour. Your former home was an inspiring mix of style + function.

  • lara ng

    First time commenter I think. What a beautiful place. Wishing you the best of luck! I too am a long time Angeleno. We moved to a large city in the East coast two years ago, and l’ll just say that change is always good, but not everything has to be permanent. Best wishes

  • Honey – this loft is GOALS!!! Part of me cannot believe you left it behind, but I understand. My husband works internationally and while we both love Canada, we are ready to live somewhere else for a little bit. Hoping you enjoy Florida and have had a safe and uneventful (read: successful) move! Thanks for giving up a peek inside your loft!

  • This loft!!! Wow. Sabrina your space looks excellent there. Thanks for giving us the tour around.

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