I Completely Redecorated My 350-Square-Foot Living Space to Fit My Family of 3

I distinctly recall a moment in our living room earlier this year when I turned to my husband, Troy, and said, "It's high time we decorated a home we're proud to live in and truly reflects who we are." Three years prior, we moved to Los Angeles from Melbourne, and all of our focus and money went into building a life here. Now that we're working in roles and companies we love (I'm MyDomaine's editorial director, and my husband is the senior wash designer at Paige denim), and our 10-year-old son, Neon, is settled in at school, we're finally ready to create a space we can't wait to come home to.

While I loved aspects of our home before, I really felt it was time we took a grown-up approach and created a space that was warm and cozy yet elevated and cool. Our bedroom desperately needed a makeover too, but this project wasn't about speed. It was about getting it right and taking our time to find the things we love. So we opted to focus on the living and dining areas first, and I'm so glad we did. You'd be forgiven for thinking that the area's small size—350 square feet, to be exact—would make designing easier, but in fact, it just upped the intensity of the challenge.

We had relocated as a family several times before moving to L.A., and each time we just bought the bare necessities with a few vintage flea-market finds peppered in. We never really thought about designing the space from scratch. This time, I was ready to sell everything and start over.

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted, but I also needed to consult Troy. My husband has incredible taste, and while we often agree, there were moments where we had to negotiate and compromise. Needless to say, navigating the redecorating process with a partner was a whole new experience. I'm sure many of you reading this can relate.

So to help us steer this new design ride in the right direction, we decided to enlist the help of an interior designer. I always knew I had an eye for design (and I know what I like), but you need more than good taste to create a stylish space. That much I know for sure. I've always admired Tali Roth's work. The Homepolish designer is a fellow Aussie, so I knew we'd get along, but her contemporary and clean aesthetic is what really sold me. I knew the two of us could create some interior design magic—and we did!

She also taught me so much about the process along the way. For example, I had no idea how to create a floor plan or that we even needed one, and that it would take about five months to redecorate the living and dining rooms from start to finish—here are a few things I learned. So without further ado, take the tour of our modern Los Angeles apartment with some style notes from Roth and me on how to decorate a small space.