My/Our style: Eclectic, with own art and acquired works providing a diversity of visual experiences. Rooms transition from the contemporary to the traditional. The media room, kitchen and bedroom are a warm version of contemporary/modern style, while the dining and living room are dramatically traditional, with a color-saturated mix of Asian, Persian and African elements. Comfort and function take precedence over form - people should feel welcome and at home in any of the rooms. I need to be surrounded by lots of artworks and objects to look at.
Inspiration: Collectibles such as paintings, antiques, rugs and objects from across the world spark color choices. The abundance and richness of color stems from many years spent on the subtropical Natal coast of South Africa. There Indian, Zulu and British colonial influences seemed to coalesce into unexpected combinations of color, pattern, and texture.
Favorite Element: Surprise transitions from stark contemporary spaces to quirky, exuberant arrangements of color, furniture, and objects. The rooms create a sense of visual discovery.
Biggest Challenge: I have a studio inside the apartment and need to rotate works throughout the house. I need a gallery space without the place looking too impersonal. Asymmetry of interior architecture. A long, narrow apartment with lack of natural light in certain rooms. A shotgun hallway.
What Friends Say: You definitely are not scared of color. The place is full of surprises.
Biggest Embarrassment: Front security door in desperate need of replacement.
Proudest DIY: Redesign of an old, dark fireplace into a well-proportioned and incorporated structure.
Biggest Indulgence: Lighting. Resurfacing of existing parquet floors and installing new wood floors in areas.
Best advice: Buy the best and cry only once.
Dream source: Asian antique stores.
Furniture: Living Room:
C.S.. Wo & Sons, Costa Mesa
Chao’s Chinese Antiques, Anaheim
Ethan Allen, Artesia
Room & Board, Costa Mesa
Accessories: C.S.. Wo & Sons, Costa Mesa
Treasures, Fountain Valley
Arkraft, Signal Hill
Artwork: Koplin del Rio Gallery, Culver City
Personal friends and fellow artists