It’s safe to say that interior designer Mandy Cheng shares our love of plants. As one of Homepolish‘s top Los Angeles designers, not to mention the principal designer of her eponymous firm, Mandy Cheng Design, she knows a thing or two about styling a well-decorated space—and that, of course, includes greenery. Lots of it. And, as you can see, her Los Feliz home is no exception.
When Cheng and her husband, architect Rory Reynolds, moved into their L.A. apartment, she set out to furnish a space that was equal parts stylish and functional. “As a designer who loves to entertain, I’ve always felt the pressure to have a well-decorated, comfortable home,” Cheng tells MyDomaine. “For this place, I needed to find a balance, so I worked with the existing space and focused on making it feel curated as well as functional without feeling cluttered.” Spoiler alert: She expertly achieves that in this space.
Keep scrolling to step inside interior designer Mandy Cheng’s charming, plant-filled Los Feliz apartment.
Built in 1948 and restored in 2005, the 1000-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment is situated in a colonial revival-style building with hints of storybook architectural details. “We moved here temporarily while we renovate our house in Silverlake, so I really didn’t want to be a crazy person and design it to the nines,” confesses Cheng.
The only architectural change the designer made to the space was installing a woven pendant in the dining room to replace an industrial, stainless steel fixture. “I strongly suggest asking the landlord if you can do the same because it makes the biggest difference,” advises Cheng. “This woven pendant fits in perfectly with the décor and completely changed the look of my dining room.”