Name: Daniel Vickery
Location: North Hollywood, CA
Size: 750 sq. ft.
We featured Dan's (aka Masrade) flickr find a few weeks back, and now we bring you the official house tour!
Do you have an idea for a house tour? Let me know!
jonathan (at) apartmenttherapy (dot) com
Years lived in: 3 months
My/our Style: I like to think that my style is a mix of minimalist and modern with a bit of technology thrown in the mix. I remember reading a plug for some lofts downtown; they were described as 'industrial art deco.' If money wasn't an issue, I think that would best describe what I'm shooting for.
The Inspiration for my home: I find that I'm most inspired by modern and boutique hotels, including: the 25 Hours Hotel (Germany), Standard Hotel (Downtown LA), Ku Damm 101 (Berlin), Kube Hotel (Paris), Hotel Yasmin (Prague)
Favorite element: My favorite elements about my new home include the exposed roof and ductwork, and the polished concrete floor. Growing up in Southern Orange County I was never exposed to anything other than single family stucco homes. As I grew to develop my own taste, and began to travel I always dreamed of moving to the heart of a city. A few years back I went to check out a couple lofts downtown, and fell in love with the raw aspect of loft living.
Biggest Challenge in designing my home: By far, the largest challenge in adapting to loft living was furnishing a space without walls, or storage. I've learned to avoid buying things that I won't use on a daily basis. It's amazing how easily a one room home can become cluttered.
What friends Say about my home: Friends always tease me about having OCD, and being really clean. I'm pretty sure a few of them wonder how I feel comfortable in a home that seems sparse and probably a bit cold. As a whole though, everyone seems to really enjoy hanging out and listening to music.
Biggest Embarrassment in my home: The biggest embarrassment in my home is definitely my laundry basket. I've been using a cheap Ikea wooden basket to pile my dirty clothes into. I'm working on convincing my girlfriend that I need a Vipp laundry basket to match the waste bin
Proudest DIY: I am most proud of kitchen table. I bought the table last year from Ikea, and it has nice minimal design, with a large wooden vice that is attached to the side of the table. My girlfriend helped me stain the natural grain of the vice to a dark walnut matching the other woods in my unit. As it was my first experience staining wood, I was worried about screwing up my new table, but all said and done it turned out perfect!
Biggest Indulgence with respect to my home: The largest indulgence in my home is definitely the Vipp waste bin. I've loved the Vipp since I first laid eyes on its unchanged simple modern design. At $379 it was more than I had budgeted for a trashcan; however, I love its clean aesthetic and quality make.
The stove, oven and dishwasher are all GE, and came with the unit. I recently purchased my LG refrigerator from Best Buy online for $899 with a $100 rebate. I filled out the rebate online, and received the rebate before the fridge was delivered. I am ordinarily weary of Best Buy; however, I'm confident that I got a steal on the fridge.
I have a tendency to purchase storage from Ikea, and seating from DWR (when it's on sale). I'm a sucker for the classics; I'd imagine my dream home would be furnished with mostly Eames, Bertoia, and Saarien.
I've had great success with eBay over the years. I love to spend hours on eBay looking for a steal.
I love Japanese inspired pop artwork by the likes of Murakami, Aya Takano, and the wonderful elephants of Chinatsu Ban. I've always loved the clipart used by Ryan Mcginness and the Colorola artwork of Stuart Patterson.