Before & After: An LA Bachelor Pad Grows Up

Before & After: An LA Bachelor Pad Grows Up

(Image credit: Amy Bartlam )

Devon and Jessica were tasked with adding personality, style and storage to their friend's living area. Taking style cues from his favorite cult classic TV show, the duo created a funky and bright space that celebrated the occupant's interests.

(Image credit: Amy Bartlam )

From Devon & Jessica: Off in the final frontier, Los Angeles, lives a Star Trek-loving singleton who was anxious to update his one bedroom apartment. Hive's mission was clear: a cohesive live/work/eat space that was comfortable and a reflection of our sci-fi loving friend's personality.

When we arrived at the scene, we noticed the great collection of books, movie and music posters he had collected, along with a modern chrome chair that was buried in the corner. The art wall, while a valiant effort, needed to be a tighter collection and more of a mix of scale and color. The "before" sofa placement was closing off the open floor plan and had seen better days.

With a budget of around $8,000, we opened up the space and provided our friend with properly-scaled furniture pieces. West Elm was a great resource for the modern sectional and the concrete side table that plays off the chrome chair perfectly. Flipping the sofa to the far wall opened up the space immediately and mounting the TV on a swivel mount made it possible to view the screen from any area in his apartment.

The need for storage was solved with a crisp white IKEA BESTA closed cabinet anchoring the TV. Open shelving from CB2 displays books, collectables, and countless DVDs. The mid-century secretary desk was a great find from local Highland Park vintage furniture store. The bold tulip chairs surround the dining table and can be pulled up the desk or used for additional seating in the living room.

Pops of orange, blue and yellow brighten up the white walls and hardwood floors in a revitalized space that's set to stun.

Thank you Devon & Jessica! You can see more of this project on their site Hive LA Home.

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