Name: Eric, Christine & Blu
Location: Silver Lake, California
Size: 3,800 square feet
Years lived in: Since June, 2009
Eric and Christine's spacious pad charmed us with its swinging 60's style and inspired Apartment Therapy readers to literally comment "Neat-o" and "Daddy-oh." We couldn't imagine them ever leaving their glass walled shower or 4 balconies behind. However, this past summer they traded up for an open and airy home--some of the many highlights include a ginormous swimming pool, a fabulous backyard patio and (our personal fave) a wall of fire that cannot be missed.
While we took advantage of their pool this past summer, Eric and Christine worked on the renovations indoors. Pushing the kitchen wall back 3 feet allowed for extra space upstairs to house a craft room for Christine. Throughout the home, large pops of bold color help define the large and open floor plan and frame cozy vignettes within the space. You can see this at work with the powerful trio of textures in the dining area. Colorful Flor tiles mixed with a sleek vintage modern table is anchored beautifully with a warm accent wall. We love how Eric and Christine translated their distinct style into this larger space. While adding a baby and a swimming pool, they managed to build upon the charm of their former pad.
Our style: Modern Clean
Inspiration: Eric's love for Christine
Favorite Element: The openness and airiness of the layout
Biggest Challenge: The kitchen... We had to build our own
What Friends Say: “It’s awesome and so adult”
Biggest Embarrassment: The mirrored countertops in the bathrooms
Proudest DIY: Designing the kitchen and whole house make over. Then getting it all done in under three months. (We included "before pics" at the end of the House Tour Gallery).
Biggest Indulgence: The wall of fire (walls of fire are expensive)
Best advice: Taking the time to make it just right!
Dream source: We both have always loved mid-century modern design. Also, our dream was to have a gorgeous view, a swimming pool, and be in the school district we wanted for Blu.
Furniture: Couch in formal living room from Lawsen Fenning on Silver Lake Blvd. Chairs and table from Amsterdam. Kitchenette table and chairs from Amsterdam. Couch in Family Room from Macy's and two chairs from Amsterdam.
Kitchen Cabinets: We were thrilled to work with Victor Hackmon (818) 448-8721. He listened to what we wanted and then made it better!
Lighting: We use recessed lighting where it works accented by hanging fixtures
Appliances: : MD Appliances in Pasadena
Paint: All Behr Paint unless otherwise noted. White walls; Snowy Egret, Living Room and stairs wall; Valley Mist, Dining Room; Mesa Sunrise, Bathroom; Eggshell Magnolia Blossom (Martha Stewart), Dinette and Kitchen; Eggshell Crisp Celery, Family Room; Water Scape and Manhattan Mist, Master Bedroom; Rejuvinate, Nursery; Soft Pink and Lavender Match
Rugs and Carpets: Flor
Artwork: All artwork by Eric's dad except for guest bedroom print from IKEA.
Accessories: IKEA door pulls in kitchen
Flooring: The best floor guy around. Ed Reyes (323) 493-9572
(Thanks, Eric and Christine!)
Photos by Beth Zeigler
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