Pops of color and elements of surprise delight visitors at every turn in Natalie's apartment.  Each piece fits seamlessly together in a jigsaw of authenticity and audacity.

Whimsical art---from her niece's paintings on the fridge to a framed portrait of the invisible man---draw viewers in and keep them smiling.  There is a story behind each piece, whether it is the antique portrait of a young girl that just 'spoke' to Natalie or the rarely-seen photograph of Picasso at the races.

Beyond the two-dimensional, an eclectic assembly of elements enliven the small one-bedroom and make it bigger-than-life. Several pieces nod to Natalie's Mexican heritage or home state of California.  Most importantly, the whole collection echoes her originality, playfulness and joie de vivre.

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Curious about this project?  These home tours are the passion project of Sam, the main character in the story The Intrepid Starling.  You can read the novel here with new chapters posted each week.