Name: Brian Friedman and Daniel Brown
Location: North Hollywood, California
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years — Own
Brian and Daniel both lead very busy lives here in Hollywood, so they've created a warm oasis of comfort to return home to every night. This two bedroom home has elements of Moroccan details mixed in with a very California contemporary vibe. Along with a small guest house for their visitors, they also have an outside deck that overlooks a wonderful pool and jacuzzi.
Many thanks to my friends John Donaldson
and Michael Crispen
for referring me to Brian and Daniel for this house tour. Both John and Michael had designed specific window treatments and upholstered pieces for this home and knew I'd love the style.
This home has several different eclectic styles merged into one. The office is very bright and chic, while the bathrooms and master bedroom are dark and opulent. The dining room and kitchen remind me of a contemporary west coast retreat, whereas the den is decorated with a Moroccan theme to match the specially arched doorways. It's a home that has blended all their ideal tastes into one, making it exactly what they want for taking time off and relaxing.
Brian is a well established dancer and choreographer, who has worked with a handful of Hollywood talent such as Beyonce, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey for major tours, music videos and television. He has choreographed on various talent related reality shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, America's Got Talent and now currently filming this season of The X Factor.
"Open space and comfort" is the most essential part of home for Brian and Daniel, which I feel they definitely achieved. "I think inspiration has come from all over the world however living in LA gives you the ability to spend a lot of time outside therefore we have a gorgeous outdoor oasis." I love that they have truly created an environment perfect for family and friends to come vacation in their backyard.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic and contemporary.
Inspiration: Exotic world travel and clean minimalism.
Favorite Element: Brian's: High Ceilings & Moroccan Archways; Daniel's: Tropical backyard
Biggest Challenge: Storage.
What Friends Say: Can we adopt them because they want to move in, or, will you please come design our house?!
Biggest Embarrassment: Kitchen cabinets are falling apart!
Proudest DIY: Landscaping.
Biggest Indulgence: Showers, pool and fire pit.
Best Advice: Get a licensed contractor for all construction and monitor every second of their work. Always get competing prices before settling. Always go with your gut when making design decisions. Always talk down the price!
Resources of Note:
• Sectional- Surface Interiors on Ventura in Sherman Oaks for the structure then reupholstered by John Donaldson Designs
• Artwork- Found from an art dealer at the LA Gift Show
• Dining table, chairs and bench- Surface Interiors on Ventura in Sherman Oaks
• All furniture- custom built by Michael Crispen Design
• Window treatments- done by John Donaldson Designs
• Chairs vintage and refurbished.
• All stools, tables, mirrors, decorative plates, hanging lamps and lanterns- Moroccan imports
• Accent Pillows in Bedroom- Custom from Michael Crispen Designs
• Lighting in Bedroom- bed side lamps, the bases are vintage and found by TFP Designs, Shades are made by Michael Crispen Design.
• Lamps by the armoire- Blueprint
• Chandelier- Wired in West Hollywood
• Desk- Custom from Jeff Andrews for TFP Design
• Chair- Herman Miller
• Rug & Couch (Custom)- Blueprint on Beverly in West Hollywood
• Pool deck designed by myself and Sean Renio for Mogue Inc.
• Furniture- Restoration Hardware.
• Lighting and fans - Expo Design Center.
• Curtains - custom
Thanks, Brian and Daniel!
Images: Bethany Nauert
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