One California woman is living out all your wildest unicorn and mermaid fantasies by turning her downtown Los Angeles apartment into a rainbow, bubblegum dream.
Social media queen, decor designer, and the brain behind Studio Mucci, Amina Mucciolo lives her life in color. From her hair, to her clothes, to her bubbly personality, she lives her life on full volume. In order to bring more color and vibrancy into her life, Mucciolo and her husband, Salvatore, transformed their 650-square-foot apartment into what she calls “Cloudland,” a total unicorn paradise.
“Wherever I live, I believe, should be a reflection of myself,” Mucciolo said of her home. “I want to live somewhere where I feel inspired and happy because Im an artist, and I work from home a lot.”
When it comes to the inspiration for her pastel pad, she was influenced by all things that come with her favorite season.
My initial big inspiration was spring because spring is my favorite season,” she said. “Theres something really special about spring. The holidays in spring, all the pastel colors. I just wanted it to feel like spring all year long.
With the exception of her sofa, everything in her home is customized according to her chromatic vision. With the help of Salvatore and a few great and very patient friends, she created about 90% of her decor. One of the major projects she took on became the focal point of her living room. She had seen giant flower wall hangings at a few parties and wondered why no one was putting the fixture in their homes. So hundreds of silk flowers and a ton of hot glue later, the floral Instagram-worthy backdrop became the center of her home.
Mucciolo’s rainbow theme doesn’t stop in the living room. Her kitchen cabinets, which took 10 painstakingly long hours to decorate, are covered in brightly colored Washi tape. She doesn’t mind the time it takes though. Mucciolo explained that she lives with OCD, and detailed projects are incredibly therapeutic for her.
“All of these [projects] aren’t super fast things, but that’s what I’m into,” she explains. “Creating helps ease my mind, and has saved my life.”
Mucciolo uses paint to create different moods throughout the rooms in her loft. Her bedroom, for example, is inspired by elements of nature, including crystal, marble, and agate, and features a more muted palette to capture a soothing mood.
Theres no natural light in the bedroom, which is usually a problem, but I wanted to make it a real strength,” Micciolo said. She used the “cave-like” feel of the room to channel the natural elements she was originally influenced by into a dreamy den.
Her favorite feature of her apartment, though, is a splatter paint rainbow wall, originally born from a mistake. She knew she wanted a very strong rainbow statement somewhere in her home, so she, Salvatore, and her friend painted one on her wall. Only the feature ended up looking like stripes instead of the big, beautiful rainbow she hoped for.
“I said ‘Sorry guys, I hate this. I’m going to throw some paint on it.'” So she used the leftover paint to splatter the wall and create the rainbow statement she dreamed of having. Although the flower wall is what people love the most about her home, she said she feels the best when she looks at her mistake-turned-masterpiece.
If you’re wondering what her husband thinks of of the decor, it sounds like he’s pretty into it.
“My husband is also a unicorn. Were business partners in Studio Mucci, so once that really started I think he just knew that that was what his life was gonna look like. I think it makes him happy. His style is a little more minimalist, so if he had his way things would be slightly more minimal. But he helps me edit when I want to go farther.
When asked what one word describes her home, Mucciolo said “celebration.”
“Thats the business that Im in,” she said. “Thats pretty much how I live my life. The theme of my life is celebration. Its a reminder to celebrate every moment. I do all of this for myself because it makes me and my husband happy. But I really do this to help inspire other people, and help other people know they can be and do whatever the hell they want. I want to inspire people to be more of themselves.”
Well, we definitely feel inspired by this joyous, celebratory aesthetic, and are furiously looking through her Instagram for ideas. Anyone want to help us build our own flower wall?