Name: Kristopher and Ginger Location: Long Beach, California Size: 1,728 square feet Years lived in: 1 1/2 years Kristopher and Ginger's Long Beach loft could comfortably be called a behind the music house tour, an expansive and flexible space which plays double duty between their "living zones" and their professional "creative zones". Designed to accommodate for their musical professions (he recently toured with Morrissey and was Gwen Stefani's musical director, she's the bass player for the Smashing Pumpkins) while also being fitted for the arrival of their first baby, the loft exhibits the charms of vintage, modern, high end, handmade, simple and ornate all at once. A harmonious melody of eclecticism...
What Friends Say: Our friends like our home but it’s really their kids that love the space. As soon as kids enter they always seem to take off running and spinning around. It seems that kids (and maybe adults?) love the freedom of space. Of course we have a few family members that ask when we’re going to put in a real ceiling and carpet the place wall to wall. Biggest Embarrassment: So far we feel pretty proud of what we’ve done with the place, being our first home and only having worked on it for a few months. We haven’t started working on our bathroom yet though so we usually don’t showcase that room. Maybe someday! Proudest DIY: I think cutting and hanging the steel bedroom door was a personal best. We found the door on Craigslist for $100 but it was barely too tall for our space. We had to do a lot of heavy lifting and math in order to hang the door at the proper height and math was not exactly our strongest subject. To finally hang the door and have it come within 1/16 of an inch of the correct height was a real relief. Biggest Indulgence: We kind of went for it with our bed purchase. It was the first thing we bought for ourselves right after we got married 15 months ago and felt that it was an important purchase. We nearly didn’t give ourselves a budget for that purchase because neither of us questioned the importance of having a nice bed. Plus it was our wedding present to ourselves! Best advice: The best advice we received from a number of people was to live in our place for a bit before we did anything to it. Initially we had all sorts of crazy ideas (brick walls for bedroom walls, etc…) that we eventually realized wouldn’t suit our needs or be approved by the city. Luckily for us we travel for work a large portion of the year and that kept us from doing anything too foolish to our home. Dream source: We’re absolutely addicted to Craigslist and found treasures. If it’s a one-of-a-kind handmade piece then we’re much more drawn to it then if it were from a fancy store. Doesn’t matter if it’s free or way too expensive for us.
Resources: Appliances: All of our appliances are Viking. Furniture: We’ve purchased most all of our furniture off of Craigslist however our couch is from Room Service and our bed is from Rhoom. The large mirror in the bedroom is from Melrose Gallery. Accessories: Most of our accessories we pick up unexpectedly while around town or on tour. We’ve also found a number of things at the Long Beach antique market. That place is amazing. Lighting: We purchased our red chandelier at the Melrose Gallery, our black chandelier at a boutique in Sydney Australia, and our “stage light” track lights from a guy on Craigslist. Window Treatments: The large gold drapes for the baby room we’re custom made drapes we found on Craigslist and the drapes in the bedroom are from Sears. Our rolling blinds were custom made at Ben’s Interiors. Beds: We’ve been able to sample quite a few mattresses from traveling most of the year and by far our favorite bed was the Heavenly beds in the Westin Hotels. We purchased one of those beds. Artwork: There’s an artist we love named Jessica Fife and we have a number of her paintings in our home. Paint: We got our Mythic paint at Opera Paint in downtown LA and our no VOC Olympic paint at Lowes. Flooring: The only flooring we have is a carpet remnant from Carpet Remnants Warehouse in Torrance, CA that we had bound and made into a rug in the living room Hardware: Right now hardware is about function and we’ve found function at Home Depot. (Thanks, Kristopher and Ginger!)
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