At Home with Emily Vallely in Long Beach, California

Hi friends! Today, we’re sharing Emily Vallely’s apartment tour (spoiler alert: it’s a vintage wonderland). So many treasures. I follow Emily on Instagram, and was so excited when we received her home submission.

It’s very likely you’ll want to head to the flea market when you’re done reading this! 🙂

“I live in Long Beach, California—just south of Los Angeles. I moved into this apartment last June with my boyfriend, Brandon, and this is our very first apartment. I picked it because it was built in 1937 and has so much history and unique vintage details. Also, our friends live in the same building as us, which is a huge plus!

“My mom and I are vintage dealers at an antique mall called Magnolia and Willow in Long Beach, so I’m constantly finding unique items. It’s really hard not to keep everything I find, but I’ve honed in my decorating style over this past year and try to only keep things that I absolutely can’t live without. “I’m in love with the vintage nude painting hanging above my fireplace. It was one of the first things I bought for my apartment before moving in. I purchased it from my friend, Julie, who owns the Vintage Emporium in Long Beach.

“On my dining room wall, where I have a collage of portraits, there is a finger painting that my mom made when she was a little girl with her grandfather. I never met him because he died before I was born, but she loved him so much and I love having a little piece of our family history on my walls.

“My favorite room is probably the bathroom. This is the only room I had painted, and I just love the pink walls. I also love the original tile. I feel like you can really go crazy with bathrooms and make them super kitschy and girly. Getting ready in this room instantly lifts my spirits.

“Above our bed there are two big eye prints that look like me and my little sister, Lucy. I grew up dancing and Lucy is a dancer, so these remind me of her.

“We also adopted a Siamese kitten at the beginning of this year, so I’ve had to do quite a bit of plant rearranging, and sadly had to sell a few plant stands that she kept knocking over. 😉

“We’ve lived in this apartment for almost a year. I decorated the entire place pretty fast, but of course after living in a place for a while, you start to realize what you need and don’t need, so I’ve definitely refined it a lot. I’m finally at a place where it feels really comfortable and homey.”

Thanks so much for giving us a tour, Emily! Be sure to visit Emily’s blog, The Vintage Vegans and her Instagram here.

Love this house? Check out Sherri Bemis’ Home Tour!

Credits // Author: Emily Vallely. Photography: Casey Liu.
  • It’s 2021 and I still love how you decorated your apartment. I have found some of the items you have, like the poodle artwork, the shower curtain, the pink 20th cent. fashion book, the white plastic chef, wooden butterfly napkin holder, three tired metal small wall shelf in your bathroom. I try to decorate in your style too. Happy to see your beautiful vintage rooms.

  • Such a beautiful and inspiring space! I love how the colours always work together and how the style is strong but not tiring at all. Really beautiful!!

  • Love your style! I’m now trying to convince my boyfriend to let me paint our bathroom pink 🙂 Did you make your shower curtain?

    • Hi Ashley! Thanks so much! The shower curtain is from Zazzle (:

  • Taking notes on how to display lots of precious tiny statement pieces together! I love that this home is full of unique goodies to feast your eyes on.

  • I love all the bright colors and pieces in her home!


  • So many things from my childhood–my sister and I had the wide eyed girls in our bedroom growing up! I think key to nostalgia décor is keeping it grouped well and organized like it is here! Mary Wilding

  • Such an awesome place!!! I love how people incorporate vintage items into their lives – I try to gather as many as I can that speak to me. I just discovered a new vintage store when driving home from acupuncture last week and I’m so excited to check out all the furniture and figurines! Such great inspiration!

    Eva |

  • I had the sheets that match your floral blanket with the kitty lying on it. They were my fave in University. Thanks for sharing.

  • The pink and turquoise are so vintage LA! My grandmother’s house she built in the 50s in Sherman Oaks (along with many of her neighbors) had the same tile and color scheme. LOVE IT!!

    • Thank you so much Melissa!! It’s one of my favorite color schemes (:

  • This is so retro! I love all those paintings and pictures on the wall!

  • Emily has collected the creme de la creme of vintage home decor!! Her love of pattern and bright graphics is highlighted so well in the neutral setting. I love visually busy homes that are packed full of personality! Thank you for this feature on her; I’ll be reading her blog on the regular now too!

  • This is my dream apartment! I want everything, but I’m IN LOVE with that green metal cart!

    • Thank you so much Alexandra! I purchased it on Facebook Marketplace (it was an ugly beige and in terrible condition). My mom spray painted it for me and now it looks brand new (:

  • OMG. This is my dream place! I absolutely love everything about it. At times, I worry that my house seems like a jumble of kitsch, but when I see someone’s home that is stunning with a mix of kitsch and electic pieces, it makes me feel like I’m on the right track!! Inspired!!!

    • Thank you so much Cat! I worry about that too sometimes, but at the end of the day it’s best to have a home that makes you happy (:

  • Her home is amaaaazing, but I am also super curious where her amazing dress is from!

    • Hi Alana! It’s vintage, I got it at an estate sale. Thank you so much!

  • I love how much character Emily’s home has! Her collection of decor is stunning! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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