At Home With Toshiko Shek

Totally in love with this gallery wallWe are happy to welcome Toshiko Shek to the blog today to share a bit of her Santa Cruz home with us! At Home With Toshiko ShekSo in love with these pineapple pillows!“I currently live in a small, rented apartment in Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz is a small beach town about an hour and a half south of San Francisco. Think of it as the Malibu of LA but not as upscale and way more hippie. I live just 10 minutes walking distance from the Pacific Coast which is quite amazing. Since my apartment is a rental, I can’t paint the walls or make any drastic changes so I have to be creative with what I do to make my home as personal as I can. I like my home decor just like my clothes, chic and modern with a vintage flair.” White and gold always!Cute kitty collectionBeautiful vintage horse lamp“I upcycled most of my furniture. Everything is either thrifted or bought off of craigslist. It’s the best way to go! I love my coffee table, we bought it off craigslist for 10 bucks! We sanded it and painted it a nice cream color. It is the perfect size and I love the three glass panels which give it a modern look. I also absolutely love my antique Victorian dresser and nightstand. I found this matching set for less than a hundred dollars and it was in great shape too! Definitely felt like I hit the jackpot! Last but not least, the unicorn lamp! The lamp base is a revamped vintage piece and the shade is new. I love how big it is and the gold accent is simply amazing. Its mint color doesn’t exactly go with my overall color theme but I still love it.”Love the antique feel of this bedroomGorgeous texturesLove cats so much!“I have lived here for 4 years with my fiancé and two cats. I change up the decor once in awhile to freshen up the space. I used to have a mint color theme going on but I recently changed it to this black, cream/off white, and mustard combo. I also love changing up the feel of the bedroom according to the season. During the summer it was light and airy but about two months ago I got a new bedding and added a bunch of decorative pillows in rich autumnal colors to make it more cozy for fall and winter!” Amazing organized closet!“We actually moved into a 2-bedroom from a 1-bedroom in this same apartment complex a couple of years ago so I can use one of the bedrooms as a closet. What you see (in the photo of the closet-room) isn’t even all of my stuff. I have tons of shoes under the bed and boxes of clothes in my fiancé’s closet. Also, there are actually more than 20 hats on the wall, they are just stacked together! Let’s just say, as a stylist, my closet is my library. I admit, it is a bit out of control and I still don’t have enough space!

The rest of the apartment though, I try to keep it easy and spacious. We spend most of our time in the sun-filled living room. This is actually where I do all my photo editing and blogging for my personal style blog, on the couch while cuddling with my cats of course! Oh, and I love buying fresh flowers from the farmers market to freshen up my apartment.”Gorgeous white and gold vasesThank you so much for sharing your home with us, Toshiko! You can find more of Toshiko over on her blog It’s Not Her, It’s Me and on Instagram! xo.
  • Scrolling through the pics I was cute, love the cats, then BAM! That closet is crazy. I love the photo editing solution to show all the swag. SO cool… We’re going to switch it up over here with a “lady suite” soon. This tour was very inspiring!

  • That is really something else, this closet! The closet of my dreams!

  • Your home is adorable, beautiful decoration, neat taste 🙂
    I’ve been in Santa Cruz while in my road trip thru the highway 1 and yes you are lucky to live in such amazing place <3

  • Wow, small world! I was born and raised in Santa Cruz. I live in Portland now, but you’ve created a beautiful space in such a small town. 🙂

  • Oh my, such a beautiful living room! I’ll swap houses if you’re interested…

  • Those pineapple pillows are the cutest thing that ever existed!


  • So personal and femenin!
    Love the details

    By the way, The bedside table lamps are like mines!

  • What a beautifully organized closet- having a spare bedroom as a closet is my dream!

  • DROOLING over that closet. Can I just live there?

    xo Ashley

  • I absolutely love everything about this space!


  • That closet…I am absolutely in love! And it’s so nice to see an apartment-dweller’s home and how they decorated it being an apartment lady myself now. I can’t wait to starting getting knee-deep in decorating my home & these posts are such an inspiration!


  • Love the wall full of photo frames and mirrors and how cute are those pineapple pillows. The closet is just too good to be true! xx

  • Your detailing is beautiful… uplifting, bright, welcoming, lovely. Congratulations on the feature!

  • This is so gorgeous and simple- I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love all the pictures and the dressing is wonderful.

  • I love her wall!I want to do a collage like that, but I just have not got up and done it. This may be my weekend inspiration!

  • I love the wall of frames. Every time I try to attempt it myself I fail. And the closet is my dream!

  • Really love this! Beautiful home.


  • I just fell in love and need to pin that chevron blanket on the back of the sofa, it’s stunning. I need me one of those!


  • That closet is fabulous! I have a teensy-little closet and I am constantly trying to down-size because I don’t have any room! Love it!

  • Yes, yes! More home style features for rentals. This is fabulous and inspiring.

  • Such an amazing home. Wish I have a place like that one day 🙂

    X Willemijn Sofie

  • what a fun, quirky home! that gallery wall is one of the best i’ve ever seen, and the things i would do for my own huge closet room…!


  • Such a lovely apartment.. what a great way to keep one’s house fresh, hip, but home-y too. Very, very nice.

  • Oh my goodness, this place is perfection! I love every single detail, especially the cat that matches the living room decor =^..^=

  • Oh wow! I think I’m in love, what a beautiful home! x

  • I love the wall of frames, and that all of your furniture was found so cheaply! It’s a beautiful collection of things. Thanks for sharing!

  • What a beautiful home! Love all of the gold pieces! Thanks for sharing!

  • That closet room is EVERYTHING. I mean, EVERYTHING. Dang! Love it!

  • I LOVE this girls style. Thrifted, modern, with a natural hippie vibe incorporated. Awesome! I also feel a little better knowing that I’m not the only one with a room devoted as a closet!! haha <3 xoxo Annejelina

  • It is amazing how mixing all these different materials and furniture works!

  • Thanks for sharing your home, Toshiko! Love your closet space, it inspires me to get my closet in order!


  • Wow what a great space! Love that she used the spare room as a closet. Wish i was in Santa Cruz right now!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Dani e

  • Oh goodess Toshiko has such a whimsical home!!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • Such a beautiful home! Loving it so much! :)Very inspirational!


  • That closet is amazing and I love the blankets on the couch and the pineapple pillows!

  • love your style toshiko!
    and that closet…oh my goodness 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • Your style is really gorgeous Toshiko, stylish with a-vintage-and-fun flair! Love the pineapple pillows and the unicorn lamp – amazing thrift find indeed!

  • Love it, love it, love it!! So cosy, yet quirky…and I love the pineapples!!!

  • Your closet is out of control in a good way! I love your home toshiko, nice decor

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