A Lust for Life: Inside Olivia Lopez's Fashionable Loft
Follow behind and pay close attention: That’s the lesson learned from spending a day with Olivia Lopez, the petite powerhouse behind Lust for Life. One could classify her as a blogger, but the title would be quickly combatted with more apt monikers like visual journalist, freelance writer, and creative consultant. With a serious case of wanderlust, a keen eye for easy-chic ensembles, and a carefully curated shopping list, Lopez is just the person to influence your style. Her loft in downtown Los Angeles, which was formerly used as her photo studio, is yet another reason why we shouldn’t be the only one taking notes.
The loft is like a far cooler episode of Three’s Company. Lopez lives with two good friends: Erin Dennison, editor-in-chief of LA Canvas, the bi-monthly bible for what’s hip in Los Angeles, and Doug Emmett, a director of photography whose latest film, The One I Love, received critical acclaim at Sundance.
“Since the space used to be used for photo shoots on a weekly basis, the loft went through a bit of a transformation overnight,” says Lopez. “Doug and Erin re-furnished the kitchen, living room, and dining area with pieces from One King’s Lane, Restoration Hardware, and the Rose Bowl Flea Market. My small contributing touches include the reading material, vintage Playboy magazines, record player, and a weekly succulent brought home from a dinner party.”
Upon entering the loft, we ogled over the walls of windows and open-floor plan. “Just wait,” she told us. “In the afternoon, the sun dips a golden light right through the windows and sets an incredible scene for hosting.” Upon the golden hour we witnessed what was promised.
The trio is far beyond the trivialities that plague college roommates or friends-turned-enemies after IKEA runs. “I think the key thing about decorating and living with roommates,” says Lopez, “is sharing the same tastes, likes, and dislikes with them. Clashing styles could be unnerving, and it wouldn’t work out otherwise.”
The best feature of the loft is without a doubt the large paned windows. Lopez kept the décor of her bedroom simple, allowing the windows and the view of neighboring skyscrapers to take focus. “It’s motivated me to upkeep the all-white theme,” she says.
Moving downtown, specifically to the Historic Core, has proved to be an ace life choice for Lopez. “There’s so much diversity and creative energy coming out of this neighborhood, and even though there’s a bit of grit to it, there’s never a dull day as a result.” The location also allows her to defy the cliché that nobody walks in L.A. “My favorite restaurants are all in my neighborhood. I love the tapas at Bar Ama and Baco Mercat, and the variety of food, vendors, and cheap produce at the up-and-coming Grand Central Market.”
“Living a stone’s throw away from The Last Bookstore is the best life decision I've ever made,” says Lopez. “Every time I'm feeling a bit bored or uninspired, I pop in there to pick up a new magazine, book, or listen in on their readings and performances.”
It’s no wonder that Lust for Life has grown exponentially since Lopez started it as a teenager. Much like her sparse loft, it has an honesty to it that’s a rare find among the plethora of blogs filled with selfies. “I tend to put my personal life first, before treating [the blog] as a business. Because, at the end of the day, it’s the one extension I have of myself that I want to keep as honest as possible.”
What’s next for the creative force? “My next project is creating a travel guide called Bon Weekender, completely dedicated for people who opt for the off-beaten path and steer towards supporting local businesses and experiencing cities from a local's perspective,” she shares. “The best part is it's a digestible guide that you should be able to use to navigate a city in 48 hours or less.” Just another reason Lopez inspires the rest of us with her lust for life.
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