Inside Madelynn Furlongs Little Slice of Paris in Los Angeles
Back in 2015, before the whirlwind fashion months and the hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers, style setter Madelynn Furlong, 25 and going through a breakup, boarded her very first flight abroad. I took a week off work and flew myself to Paris for seven days by myself, she remembers. Three years later, Furlong moved from Minnesota to Los Angelesand the first apartment she looked at (and the one she immediately signed the lease for) could only be described as a slice of Paris in L.A. Life is weird that way.
With crown molding and a working fireplace, the one-bedroom Mid-City rental, where Furlong still lives, is indeed dripping in European-esque charmbut thats not to say there wasnt room for improvement. For her, making the place feel her own meant mirroring the way she dresses: a little rock-and-roll, a little feminine, a little 60s and 70s, all mashed up together.
She Took a Step BackLiterally
Blink and you missed Furlongs initial decorating phase: she moved into the apartment in January and had everything furnished by April. While she got the layout right on the first try, the design didnt feel totally her. Its second evolutiona little more color, a lot more lived-inhappened only when Furlong got some distance, miles of it. I was spending time back in Minnesota with family, and being away, I could observe the space in total, she says. Furlong took to Photoshop, crafting a huge 1117 document of every piece of furniture in her home, grouped together by room. By taking this huge look at it all together, I realized I could create a cohesive aesthetic.
She Stepped Outside Her Color Comfort Zone
The cant-miss-it blue bathroom wasnt love at first sightin fact, Furlong hated it. In every previous home, she had hung a white, waffle-knit shower curtain to instantly elevate the space, but that minimalist approach felt completely off here. I had to embrace that it was a little quirky and find colors that complemented what was happening naturally, she says. Enter the brown and red tones of her current curtain, a Society6 discovery that looks more like wallpaper than a bath accessoryand ended up informing the palette of the rest of the apartment.
She Went Down Internet Rabbit Holes
The chunky black-and-white coffee table, the scalloped rattan headboard, the two Pipistrello lampsall are vintage finds (and remember how many secondhand gems she snapped up for Alyssa Coscarellis New York City duplex?). Furlongs strategy: I scroll like theres no tomorrow. She frequents Etsy and Chairishs A-List section, and doesnt get caught up on whether or not an item is nearby. To me, if you find something amazing and its only two or three hundred dollars to ship it, why not?
She Gave Everything a Permanent Glow
Furlongs feelings about the importance of good lighting can be summed up in one story: I went to a party over Christmas and sat in the persons dining room and it had this LED, blue-tinted light. I was like, arghhh. Its soft-white lightbulbs or bust in Furlongs bookat a minimum. Even then, LEDs can have a blue tinge, so she goes warmer still, buying amber bulbs that mimic candlelight.
She Took the Artwork Into Her Own Hands
A fine arts major in college, Furlong admits she has expensive taste in art. But for now, she cant afford what she really wantsso she prefers to paint something herself instead. Furlong swears by Blick for supplies, with one caveat: If youre going to do something large scale, the canvas will be expensive, she says, but if youre spending $300 on a painting versus $3,000, there you go. A lifelong lover of contrast, Furlong likes to go graphic, often in black and white (see: the piece in the dining room; the work above the record player is also her creation). In a month, I got two cats and a new car and theyre all black and white too, she says, laughing. Life is weird that way.
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