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Moving in with your significant other is a big step in any relationship. So when this couple found themselves suddenly forced to share quarters, they were faced with some design challenges.
After Casey was forced to move out of her apartment, she had a difficult decision to make: move home or move in with her boyfriend? "My roommate at the time got a job offer in San Francisco and had to move up there right away. Our landlady was less than understanding about it – she wouldn't allow a subletter and gave us just under a week to move out before kicking us to the curb," she says. Neither option thrilled her, but her twin-sized bed at home sounded less than appealing. So she packed her things and made what she thought would be a temporary move in with her boyfriend.
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"I'm not a very impulsive person," she says. "I like to think my moves through before I make them, so I only planned to stay with my boyfriend Ryan for a little while until I found a place to live with a few of my girlfriends." But after a few months, Casey and her boyfriend, Ryan, had adjusted to living together in his Los Angeles home. This brought them to the next step of cohabitation: making his space feel like their space.
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Casey and Ryan decided to enlist the help of Laurel & Wolf designer Rashmi Ramaswamy to help merge Casey's boho-chic aesthetic with Ryan's indifference toward design. "The furniture from my old apartment was very glam and I knew the space needed to be more gender-neutral so we brought in lots of blue textiles and rustic, eclectic accessories," Casey says.
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A Strong Foundation
Luckily Ryan's duplex had good bones to work with, and its Mediterranean-style architecture served as the perfect canvas for Casey's affinity toward organic textures and blue textiles. Ryan was hesitant though, and skeptical of change. "At one point we had five different couches in the apartment while we tried to figure out which ones to keep," Casey says. But his ambivalence was soon sidelined when he saw how Rashmi's design was coming together.
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Let it Go
"There was a rug that I thought tied the couches together – those items were the hardest for me to get rid of," Ryan explains. "But I realized that Casey has a better eye for design, so I let her run with it. If there was something I really didn't like, I would voice my opinion, but otherwise I trusted her judgement." Casey trusted Ryan when she originally moved in, and Ryan recipricated that trust when he deferred to Casey and Laurel & Wolf with the redesign. As a result, what started off as a tricky circumstance ended with a happy couple and a beautiful home.