My House: Travel Influencer Olivia Lopez’s Moody L.A. Loft
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My House: Travel Influencer Olivia Lopez’s Moody L.A. Loft

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By Jen Woo
Travel and fashion blogger Olivia Lopez dresses her minimalist apartment in downtown L.A. with accessories from her trips abroad.

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who jet-sets as often as design, travel, and fashion influencer Olivia Lopez. While she’s based in Los Angeles, she can be found in a different country every week—and always in the chicest stays.

Olivia Lopez poses during a Tuscan holiday.

Naturally, her home is her sanctuary—streamlined and simple, practical yet stunning. In fact, Lopez’s loft mimics her sense of style, which is characterized by natural hues and accented with artistic elements.

She found her abode simply by walking through the neighborhood, visiting a handful of leasing offices, and discovering her building on a street she loves. For the past five years she’s resided in that space nestled downtown—where she says some of the most drastic changes in L.A. have happened. When she first moved in, Ace Hotel was just about to open its doors, and there was a lot of buzz around a wave of shops revitalizing the area. Her home harnesses that creative culture in a vibe she describes as "California modern." 

Lopez found her building while on a walk through downtown L.A.

While remaining clean and minimal, Lopez's home incorporates many elements from her travels including a rug from Portugal and a Matisse print from London.

"The neighborhood has definitely changed, and there is so much more activity in the area, from the new NoMad Hotel, Hauser & Wirth, and Dover Street Market," says Lopez. "It's a great area if you like accessibility, being central to cultural and city activities, and love dining out." 

Lopez's dining table is where she spends most of her time when she's home. 

Did you have a theme for decor? What was your vision? 

I was inspired by The Apartment by The Line when I first moved into my loft, and mixed in California references by incorporating neutral tones, wood, and midcentury modern pieces.

You’re known for your fabulous style. How does your home curation compare to that of your wardrobe? 

For base furniture like my sofa, bed, and dining room table, I gravitate towards classics, but like my wardrobe accessories, I love exploring more statement and eccentric accent pieces for my home.

Any standout parts of the house that are particularly special to you? 

I love the almost floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into a view of a Manhattan-like skyline. 

Inky hues permeate the kitchen with a few neutral and floral pops. 

As someone who is constantly traveling, what are some necessities that make this feel like home? 

My kitchen and dining room table. It's extremely pared-back, but it's where I like to spend most of the time when I'm at home. 

What is your single favorite piece of decor that you own and why? 

My Modernica sofa, because of its timeless design and versatility. 

A Case Study bed serves an an anchor in the bedroom, while West Elm Belgian flax linen sheets offer a soothing place to rest after being on the road. 

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Herman Miller Nelson Thin Edge Bed
With a slim, horizontal profile, precise detailing, and expert woodcraft, the Nelson Thin Edge Bed brings George Nelson's elegant minimalism to the bedroom once more.

Lopez's home is uncluttered with thoughtful elements to provide a clean palette for work or play. 

What was on your checklist when designing your home? What were your must-haves in terms of furniture and accessories? 

My checklist was to have a lot of seating in my home; although my loft is small, I love hosting people for dinner. In terms of accessories, I wanted my place to feel as personal as possible, and most of the objects in my home are sourced from different points of travel. For example, my rug was sourced from Portugal, my Mastisse print was purchased in London, and I have several kitchenware objects from Tokyo, Oaxaca, and Marrakech. 

What items for the home would you say are most important to invest in? 

I think the most important pieces to invest in are a sofa, dining room table, and bed frame.

Find Olivia Lopez (@oliviavlopez) on Instagram  

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