Name: Sweatson Klank
Location: Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years; Rented
As soon as you walk into Sweatson's home, the living area is spacious, inviting and warm. My first observation is that Sweatson is an artist who has a knack for collecting things. Throughout the house there are modern art pieces, vinyl records bought from trips around the world, and vintage furniture pieces from Hollywood Regency to French Provincial which gives the home an eclectic vibe.
There are classic mid-century pieces meshed in with original artwork and decorative items from the 80's and 90's. The vintage walnut dresser in the main living space is used both for storage and a mini bar area to entertain guests. The white tulip table paired with the Eames and Panton chairs are the fun, standout pieces in the living room because of the pops of colors and shapes. The main living space then leads to a long hallway that connects to the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.
The bedroom is the darkest lit area of the home and the house plants perk up the space. It feels very serene and peaceful. The kitchen is the smallest area of the home that leads out to a large outdoor area which reminds me of a mini jungle almost out of place and unexpected in the best way possible. There are plants in abundance and they provide plenty of shade while relaxing in a lounge chair with mojito in hand.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic Vintage Modern
Inspiration: My inspiration for decorating comes from my love of simple and clean design. I am amazed by pieces that were built with incredible craftsmanship many years ago and still look better than anything you can buy new today. Most pieces in my house are well older than I am, and yet they still look so fresh and contemporary. Good design and quality materials never go out of style. Mostly Mid Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Art Deco with a little eclectic cherry on top.
Favorite Element: My living room and the artwork I've collected over the years.
Biggest Challenge: I am artist/music producer /DJ and my home studio takes up one half of my living room, which is a long shot gun style room. The challenge is keeping the room looking coherent with a studio/workspace on one side and a space to relax and entertain on the other side.
What Friends Say: "You're place is so nice, its has good energy" I also hear: "Where did you get this piece?" and "Can you source pieces for my house and decorate it?" lol
Biggest Embarrassment: How small my kitchen is. Its really the biggest downfall of this house. One of my favorite social spaces in a house is the kitchen. I love to gather with friends in the kitchen while cooking or having drinks and the kitchen here is just too small for that.
Proudest DIY: My backyard and all the plants I've kept alive for years.
Biggest Indulgence: I indulge in art work when I can afford to. Also furniture, lamps and anything brass or chrome. If i find a piece I love, I usually buy it and sell whatever sits in its place in my house to make room for the new piece. I play musical chairs with furniture quite a bit.
Best Advice: I always try to encourage people to buy vintage. For one, it's so much more "Green" and "Eco- Friendly". Pieces from the past have already made their footprint on the environment many years ago. The fact that they are still around and we can use them to beautify our homes is a no brainer. Also, when you buy quality vintage pieces and decor, they never lose their value. If anything they go up in value and you can always resell them when you find something else you like better. I would also say that it takes time to amass great pieces and patience is key.
Dream Sources: I have dreams of being handed keys to a warehouse full of dead stock Milo Baughman furniture and having a bigger house to put them in!
Original Oil Painting By Carole Wilson
- Original Eames and Panton Chairs
- Danish Modern Credenza by Kofod - Larsen
- Danish Modern Bar & Chest of Drawers
- Custom Sofa with Chrome Legs
- John Keal Side Tables
- CB2 Circular Tulip Table
- Vintage 3 light Chrome Floor Lamp
- Vintage Brass Table Lamp.
- Various Artworks and Vintage Sculptures and Vases
- Mid Century Glass and Walnut Coffee Table
- Vintage Black Lacquer and Walnut Desk
- Red Ikea Computer Desk
- Vintage Black Leather Danish Modern Settee
- Polynesian Mask Artwork and Wind Chimes
- Various Paintings and Prints
- Vintage Wrought Iron Plant Hanger
- Dutch Oil Painting
- Patrick Nagel Litho
- Original Tiled Counters
- Vintage 50's Stove
- Vintage Hanging Ceramic Plant Holder
- Vintage Westnofa Brazilian Rosewood Dresser Set and vanity w/ Stool
- Joan Miro Lithograph
- Various Abstract Art Pieces
- Vintage Brass Plant Holder
- Shell Chimes
- Various Prints in Bathroom