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Chaotic harmony

Wanting a break from the predictable rhythms of her job at a grocery store, Joan Currie longed for a home that was vibrant, colorful, inexpensive and a little chaotic. With the help of a friend who’s a designer and builder, Currie got her wish. Using postcards, fabric swatches and tear sheets collected from shelter magazines over the years, she now has a 640-square-foot condominium in Santa Monica that rebels against textbook decorating.

Most important during these tough economic times? “It makes people happy,” she says.

For a full photo gallery plus an interactive, 360-degree view of her living room and bedroom, go to latimes.com/home.


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