Sabrina Soto's Star-Powered Los Angeles Home

When it came time to decorate her own Los Angeles home, HGTV star Sabrina Soto channeled all her best tricks. HGTV Magazine takes you inside.

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Photo By: Lisa Romerein; Styled by Christopher White

Photo By: Lisa Romerein; Styled by Christopher White

Photo By: Lisa Romerein; Styled by Christopher White

Photo By: Lisa Romerein; Styled by Christopher White

Photo By: Lisa Romerein; Styled by Christopher White

Photo By: Lisa Romerein; Styled by Christopher White

The Home

Sabrina Soto doesn’t need a big budget to make a house look show-worthy. When the HGTV designer, known for her money-saving decorating ideas, and her partner, Steven Grevemberg, bought a 1930s Los Angeles, CA, ranch home for their growing family last year, they decided not to splurge on a major renovation. But its interior, almost entirely painted yellow and with honey-color oak floors, “felt so not me,” says Sabrina.

For a low-cost update, the couple relied on three ingredients: light gray paint (Horizon by Benjamin Moore) throughout the house, refurbished hardwood floors and Sabrina’s resourceful shopping skills. “Being the biggest bargain hunter in the world takes patience, so it’s still a work in progress,” says Sabrina, who constantly incorporates new finds into the mix. “Steven thinks we’re done, but sometimes I tell him I’m buying pillows for other projects when they’re actually for our house!” 

The Backyard

Sabrina and her partner, Steven, enjoy their patio with their daughter, Olivia, and labradoodle, Harper.

The Kitchen

The existing white cabinets, subway tile and gray quartz counters got a reno-free pick-me-up with mint green stools found on overstock.com, an oversize clock from CB2 and a two-piece yellow light fixture Sabrina bought years ago from Iacoli & McAllister. The Room & Board dining table, which the couple had in their old apartment, came with a wood top. Sabrina replaced it with a glass one to better suit its new sunny spot. The white molded-plastic chairs are from Design Within Reach. 

The Family Room

A potpourri of materials — leather-and-metal chairs by Gus Modern, a Room & Board sofa upholstered in gray Sunbrella fabric and a reclaimed-wood coffee table bought on sale at HD Buttercup — give this much-used room its collected feel. “I saved a picture of that coffee table before we even bought the house,” says Sabrina. One of her favorite design moves: mixing black-and-white (the West Elm rug, the IKEA pillows) with splashes of color (the geometric Deny Designs pillows from Target, a throw from Sabrina’s collection there). She commissioned the art above the sofa—it originally had a mustard yellow backdrop. “I thought the mustard was great at first but then wanted to make it blue,” she says. “Since I picked the colors in the first place, I felt OK painting over it.”

The Master Bedroom

The upholstered West Elm sleigh bed was a new purchase. “In this house, I finally had enough room for a bed with a footboard,” says Sabrina. The wall sconces from Aerin on both sides of the bed make it look even more sophisticated. Sabrina customized end tables from overstock.com with brass-and-iron pulls from Anthropologie and scored the gray vintage Turkish rug for a steal during an online auction. A grouping of five three-dimensional Global Views wall sculptures found on hayneedle.com adds glam, and the blue bedding is from Sabrina’s line at Target.

The Nursery

The plan for 7-month-old Olivia’s nursery started with an embroidered Otomi pendant from Stray Dog Designs. White modular bookshelves from Joss & Main hold toys and accessories and will still work in the space when Olivia gets older; ditto for the supersoft faux-sheepskin rug from Home Decorators Collection. A comfy glider from Oilo, a crib from Babyletto and a pink table from Stray Dog Designs complete the room. The pretty gold elephant lamp was a gift from Sabrina’s friend and cohost, Christopher White, who made it.