Quint Contemporary Art, one of the hottest galleries in San Diego, making him more than qualified. Ben and his girlfriend, Abby, have created a tranquil and earthy home that doubles as a showcase for their statement-making art collection. Ryan McGinness, Roy McMakin and Kelsey Brookes, as well as prints from the more affordable 20x200. Ben has also created his own clever pieces, such as wall-mounted faucets in the kitchen and an inflatable giraffe in the shower, a humorous homage to Jeff Koons. This growing collection doesn't compete for attention with the couple's decorating style, a comfortable mash-up of midcentury pieces and organic accents, from a gorgeous rustic-modern coffee table by San Diego Urban Timber to a branch sculpture Ben assembled with tufts of moss and thread. A vibrant speckled orchid and hot-pink floral bunches pop against the apartment's natural hues, which connect the space to the outdoors and provide a neutral backdrop for the contemporary art found in every sun-dappled corner of the home. Though only 700 square feet, the apartment spills out onto a small but perfectly appointed patio, where the couple enjoys entertaining friends. Lucy, their darling pug, is clearly the draw of any party. Architectural Salvage • Mat: Amazon LIVING ROOM • Couch: Craigslist/IKEA • Mid-Century Lamp: Ebay • Half Table: IKEA table cut in half • Plants: Home Depot • Tree piece: Handmade sourced from farmers market • Mid-Century Dresser: The Nest • Throw Pillows: Etsy • Candelabra: Seymour June House (antique store in upstate New York) • Large vase: Flea market in NYC • World Map Candles: Etsy • Coffee Table: San Diego Urban Timber • Artwork: Lee Materazzi (photograph with head in rocks). Ryan McGinness (skate board deck) Roy McMakin (photograph of plant) • Teeth mold: Funny story ... • Artwork not featured in tour, but worth checking out: Derek Stroup (candy missing logo) Jean Lowe (bronze condom) Sam Strauss-Malcolm (Fly), Richard Allen Morris (gun sculpture) Lamar Peterson (20x200.com) Kevin Cyr (20x200.com) Andrew Hetherington (20x200.com) Colin Blakely (20x200.com) William Crump (20x200.com) Dorthe Alstrup (20x200.com) KITCHEN • Half Table: IKEA table cut in half and painted Plants: Home Depot • Tribal mask: India • Wood carving of person playing instrument: Africa • Lightbulb with air plant: Etsy • Faucet art: Ben Strauss-Malcolm BEDROOM • Chest Drawers: IKEA - handles hand painted • Desk: IKEA • Bed: IKEA • Throw Pillows: Etsy • Rug: Overstock.com • Artwork (some not featured): Thomas Glassford (multi colored wall mounted sculpture) Kelsey Brookes (large circle explosion painting) Lee Lavy (dark ink painting) Jacob Mcgraw (multi-colored exploding treehouse drawing) BATHROOM • Wall sculpture: Self-made (branch with air plants) AnnaMaria Stephens • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form.