Name: Brian Gennett, interior and furniture designer
Location: Hollywood Dell; Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: Almost 2 years
You may remember Brian from his New York city house tour a few years ago. He has since moved to Los Angeles, so it is fun to see how he's adapted his furniture to a completely different space. After a bit of rearranging and time spend figuring out how to fit everything into the new layout, Brian's mid-century pieces fit right in.
Brian is quite creative (and incredibly patient). He created the disco ball globes in the living room from small pieces of CDs. He read online that you first have to boil the CDs in hot water before you are able to cut them into small pieces.
He also designed the headboard in the bedroom, which is made from strips of book covers. And the curtain panels that he designed are perfect for blocking out just the right amount of light.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: I don't think there is one word to describe what we have going on here. I would say Mid-Century Modern meets modern meets Maximalism. It's a mix.
Inspiration: I am always inspired by the architecture of a space. It should dictate how everything is laid out. This apartment has great moldings, vent covers, and tile work. I wanted to make sure not to cover any of it up.
Favorite Element: Probably the stacked books on the Mid-Century console in the living room. In our last place I created a bookshelf dividing wall so we had plenty of space for books. When we moved to LA, we didn't bring the shelves with us, so I just grouped the books all together on the console. It may be a bit much for some people, but I love the way it looks.
Biggest Challenge: I think it's always a challenge to fit your existing furniture into a new place. It's hard to look at your furniture laid out one way at your old place and then try to fit it into a new layout. For me, I just had to get everything in the space and then move it around until it felt right. I also added a few new pieces, like the desks and metal shelving in the living room. I love the way the apartment flows.
What Friends Say: I think my friends feel comfortable in our home. We can walk to the Hollywood Bowl from here, so it's a great meeting place before a show.
Biggest Embarrassment: No big embarrassments — I kind of love the place.
Proudest DIY: The curtain panels I created would have to be my proudest DIY. We didn't want a window treatment that would block the views we have of the hills. I would have left the windows uncovered, but during the day in the summer the heat from the sun can be a little intense. I took IKEA curtain panels and cut them up to create a panel the size of each window. I added grommets on each corner and two in the middle.
The panels can be folded up, left to hang on the side for an uninterrupted view, or they can cover the whole window. I like options. Oh, and I'm pretty happy with my DIY kitchen countertop flooding screen to hide appliances, etc.
Biggest Indulgence: I guess our new biggest indulgence would have to be the very large TV. Before this we had a smaller flat screen that could roll into the closet when it wasn't being used. I kind of hate looking at it when it's off, but it's super fun to watch. (Maybe my biggest embarrassment?)
Best Advice: Good interior design doesn't happen overnight. It's a process of trial and error.
Dream Sources: I love all the furniture from Dwell Studio. Lawson-Fenning here in LA is always fun to shop. Also, the showroom that carries my work, Harbinger L.A., has amazing stuff.
Resources of Note:
- Dining table from Craigslist
- Dining chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
- Pendant light from CB2
- Desk and trestle legs from Ikea
- Curtains from Ikea
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