Los Angeles couple, Monica and Christian, have been living in their home for about a year and had been doing a lot of research prior to finding it. They found their home in a real estate listing that advertised it as Paris in LA. As Christian describes, "the history of the home reveals the work of a famous designer which we are still enjoying today - carved wood walls, parquet floors, dramatic interior molding and 15 foot ceilings. Walking into our place is a departure from traditional LA spaces, it has an old world, European feel, but it's just steps away from all we love about LA." We couldn't agree more! Plus, the home also has a great outdoor space that is the epitome of Southern California living.
Our style: A work in progress and an exercise in cooperation. My wife has more classical taste while I lean more towards rustic, industrial, or modern.
Inspiration: Eclectic versatility. We have moved around a bit over the past couple years. So we like things that travel well and we can use in a variety of situations or environments.
Favorite Element: Artwork, some of our art we have acquired while traveling together, it always reminds us of those experiences.
Biggest Challenge: Clutter and Storage. We’re both collectors.
What Friends Say: It has a museum quality. We have high ceilings and lots of great molding. The house was for a period of time owned and renovated by iconic Interior Designer William Haines. A lot of his influence and designs still remain today. If anyone is interested start at www.williamhaines.com
Biggest Embarrassment: It’s not too embarrassing but this is the first time we’ve not had a second bedroom. We really enjoy having family or friends stay with us so it can be a challenge.
Proudest DIY: For me it’s our garden although I didn’t shoot it for this tour, unfortunately. Monica is the architect and she did an amazing job. (Apartment Therapy readers, we'll do a follow-up on their outdoor space soon!)
Biggest Indulgence: Our sofa. It is a custom piece I designed and had made here in LA. We spent a little more, but the quality is excellent and we supported local artisans.
Best advice: Be patient and find the things you’ll love and enjoy for years to come. Sometimes it may mean spending a little more, within reason, but you’ll have something you won’t grow tired of. Eventually, if you want to change it up, you may be able get some kind of return.
Dream source: Just one? Les Puces Paris, LA: I love Blackman Cruz, Blend, Empiric, Orange, Lawson Fenning, Bourgeois Boheme, and of course Gibson.
Living room sofa is my own custom design w/ fabric Linen from Kravet
Eastlake chair was Christian’s grandmothers reupholstered in Cowtan & Tout fabric.
Wing Chair was C’s grandfathers and was reupholstered in Manuel Canovas front and seat and Classic Cloth on the back.
Console is a Gary Gibson design. “Larsen Console” Gibson Studio.
Library Table is Monica’s and we had it refinished in natural.
Coffee Table Monica found on Ebay
Dining Room chairs “Louis Ghost Chairs” By Philippe Stark for Kartel
Nothing really significant but I love me Breville Espresso machine, at this point a true necessity.
Flea Markets! Long Beach, Santa Monica Airport, Pasadena City College.
Rugs and carpets:
Williams Sonoma Home
Headboard I made and covered with wallpaper from Walnut.
Flea Markets, Travel, Antique Stores
(Thanks for sharing your home, Monica and Christian!)
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