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Designed and installed in just three weeks, this AirBnB abode pulls inspiration from the Art District’s history and cultural diversity to the heavily-textured and geometric Moroccan style. Flooded with natural light, the bedroom consists of a warm palette of bold geometric textiles and metallic elements that pop in the sun and add layers of texture and dimension to the tiny room.

As a nod to the Art District’s industrial past, Blakeney uses a mixture of metallic objects that also add warmth and character to the space, such as a vintage copper reading lamp and 1970s gold side tables. Other furniture accents include subtle references to surrounding multiculturalism, such as the origami-shaped copper Real Good Chair from The Blu Dot that speaks to nearby Little Tokyo and the vintage Mexican floral tray that references the Latino community.

A planting palette largely ubiquitous to both North Africa and Los Angeles bridges the Moroccan motif with the southern California city’s eclectic style. Outside, brightly colored Bougainville trees, ornamental staples of the L.A. landscape, frame the doorway alongside hanging Moroccan lamps. Inside, the ubiquitous tall King Palm Tree dominates a corner of the bedroom. In a whimsical salute to the Arts District, bright and bold abstract art is painted onto patio furniture and finished off with funky disco ball planters alluding to the city’s nightlife.

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Images via Justina Blakeney