#26: Alice and Patrick’s Venice Beach Pad

#26: Alice and Patrick’s Venice Beach Pad

Mar 22, 2006

Name: Patrick and Alice
Location: Venice Beach, CA
Size: 325 Sq/ft 1 Bedroom

Favorite resource:

Craig's List, companies that liquidate office and/or restaurant furniture, our design-nut friends… the MoMA… the River…

What inspired you?

The apartment is inspired by Patrick's love of modernism and Alice's affinity for the shabby-chic aesthetic she grew up with. We collected the furniture piece by piece until the apartment felt right. And every piece was a terrific bargain.

The living room seating maximizes the visual appeal of the hardwood floors. This makes the apartment feel bigger and the warmth of the wood is a nice contrast to the chrome.

The sofa compact was rescued via Craig's list and is a great way to fit a six-foot sofa in a small space. The large, distressed mirror was already mounted to the carriage house door and saved just before demolition. We learned that books take up a lot of space but not as much as bookcases so we installed bookshelves cut from an awesome single sheet of 1-inch thick 17 layer plywood (cheap). The "no lifeguard on duty" sign was also saved from a dock about to be renovated… we like the distressed look… and the metaphor.

The old (1967) pull-down world-map provides a splash of colors in the way only super-toxic now outlawed paint can.

The desk in the bedroom is an old kitchen table. It is bombproof (it gets the most use), providing maximum space without the bulk of a normal desk. Patrick made the bed from scratch. The two 4x12 supports are inset to provide space alongside (for shoes, etc.) and storage in the center. The "bedside table" is simply an extension of the bamboo on which the mattress rests.

Design Tip:

How big a space IS isn't as important as how big a space FEELS… The more floor space you can see the larger a room will feel. Maximize vertical space. Lounge seating 15 inches off the floor and dining seating at 30 inches…

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