It is fun to see how shop owner and interior designer Alexis decorates his own home. Even though his place is clean lined and modern, it is also very personal and definitely reflects Alexis' fun energy. Even his dog (Rocky) fits in with the decor!
I love how Alexis took risks to create the home he loves. The astro turf and customer service letters in the bedroom are a bold move, but it totally works and makes his bedroom unique. Another one of my favorite elements in his home is the graffiti chalkboard wall under the stairs that breaks up the neutral tones of room. It creates the feeling of both a loft and a modern house in the same space.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Modern with fun unique elements.
Inspiration: I guess the architecture of the house itself. Being basically a glass house, the whole design had to be very clean and almost minimalist. Maybe I didn't go as minimalist as other people would have, but I had to add my little touch of crazy in some corners.
Favorite Element: I love unexpected things in a house and maybe because I own a furniture store I change things in my house a lot, but right now, probably my big Alice in Wonderland white chair.
Biggest Challenge: The house is very modern, so it felt that was the way to go, but modern sometimes can feel very cold, or a bit plain. Therefore, I had to figure out ways to add life and uniqueness, so it wasn't like every other modern home. So I added things like the grafitti wall, that over-sized white chair, the silver pig, a parking meter and other things to give it a bit more of my personality. When I design clients' homes I like making it so the place has lots of character by adding a lot of fun, cute vintage pieces — all the small details is what gives it that feel. But I couldn't do that here. So that was a big challenge, especially because I love knick-knacks so much.
What Friends Say: They say they really like it, at least to my face. They say it's very me, but at the same time not as busy or full of stuff as people that know me from having the store would think.
Biggest Embarrassment: Well, I've been embarrassed a few times living here. Being in my bedroom, if the shades are up, people can totally see you. I still forget that I basically live in a fish tank, so that can be kinda weird. Other than that my friends think that my "customer service" sign on top of my bed is something I should be embarrassed by, but that makes me love it even more.
Proudest DIY: I don't know if its qualifies as a DIY, but I'm very proud that most of the stuff in my house, except for very few pieces like my bed and the couch, comes from either a garage sale, a estate sale or a flea market... or thisisnotikea.com (of course).
Biggest Indulgence: My bed wasn't very cheap, but I love it. Maybe also the new added deck and jacuzzi.
Best Advice: Oprah's "Unclutter Your Life" episode was an aha moment for me. The place I lived before this house looked nothing like this, quite the opposite, and that episode made me see that waking up to a house that you're happy with makes you start your day in a completely different mind space.
I'm happy and thankful I wake up to this every day now, so all I can say is make your house a place you want to wake up to, spend the time, and if needed the extra dollars; it really does change your life. Also, get rid of things you don't need that are just taking up space, replace them with things that inspire you. It's good to hold on to things that remind us of people we care about, or moments. However, make sure you're not holding on to too many things that you might not love only because you might have some emotional attachment, to the point that it becomes counterproductive. That is one of the biggest issues I have with clients.
Dream Sources: Flea Markets: Rosebowl, Long Beach, Fairfax, Pasadena City Collage, Santa Monica, Anahaim, all of them!
Resources of Note:
Viking, all of it, I lucked out, they all came with the house.
- White sofa & dining table: Blueprint
- Black sofa in bedroom: tini
- 2 lucite chairs: ocmodern.net
- Everything else - flea markets, estate sales and yard sales
All of the accessories are from www.thisisnotikea.com, flea markets and yard sales.
- Hanging lights next to bed from West Elm
- Every other light is from www.thisisnotikea.com and yard sales and flea markets
RUGS & CARPETS
- Astro turf in bedroom: White Label Turf
- Shag rug in bedroom: estate sale
- Other big white rug in living room came with the house
TILES & STONE
- Green tile in master bathroom: Bisazza
- Other tiles and stone came with the house
All window shades in the house are Somfy.
- Grafitti wall by Abraham (323) 557-7189
- Birds on a wire photograph on top of bed by Alysia Cotter
- Every other art piece came from garage sales and flea makets
- Landscape: Michael Crate - (310) 614-8398
- Alexis' pants: Madisonpark Collection (I insisted he share the source because I loved them so much!)
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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