Dwell on Design just wrapped, and I was lucky enough to attend the Dwell East Side home tours. I picked up my tickets and map and started in Silver Lake at a prefab architectural duplex and ended at an extensive ranch home in La Canada Flintridge. You never know which home on the tour you are going to fall in love with most and call your favorite — yes, I did have a favorite!
Even though this ranch home is in a part of town that most would consider the suburbs of Los Angeles, you can't pass judgement until you see the home in person. In the extensive interior and exterior remodel, form, environment, research (fer) Studio wanted to give the home a contemporary facelift, but also be mindful of its natural setting. Take a look at the kitchen — it looks like a design straight out of Europe, but head out to the backyard and you'll feel like you are out in the deep woods in the East Coast.
Is Glendale becoming the new Silver Lake? This 1300 square foot house is owned by an executive director of a music production company and definitely has that "someone cool must live here" vibe. The home was built in 1962 and designed by architect Richard Banta. The owner wanted to keep the original footprint, but give it a slight update through simple cosmetic changes. He has decorated the space with classic and contemporary furniture and decor, with pieces from Kartell, DWR, Richard Schultz, and Magis.
Can I say out loud that this home was my favorite? This prefab duplex consists of a 1,100 square foot one-bedroom main residence that sits above a 600 square foot studio. Architect Tom Marble had quite a challenge constructing the home, because only one side of the lot was accessible to construction equipment. The solution: he partnered with construction firm EcoSteel, and they created a kit of parts to attach to the concrete foundation.
I almost forgot about one of the best elements of the home — a perfect view of the Silver Lake Reservoir! Also, a little inside info: the home is listed on Airbnb, so you can check out the residence for yourself and stay the night.
Atwater Crossing Residence
Atwater Village is my new favorite hangout! There are so many creative studios and residences located close to the Atwater Crossing lofts, such as the recently profiled ACME Real Estate office. This particular unit is 2,400 square feet and owned by interior designer David Mast, who used a mix of sources to create a dynamic design. As you walk in there is a huge crystal chandelier; David felt like the industrial space needed a bit of glam. Even though lofts can tend to feel cold and industrial, David's goal was to create a feeling of warmth and homeyness for the space.
You may have noticed a home missing from my recap. Time was not on my side that day, and sometimes you end up spending more time at one or two homes. Would love to hear how the Patterson Residence & Colorola Studios were in person!
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(Images: Marcia Prentice)