Name: Eric and Christine
Location:Silver Lake, CA
Size: 1900 square feet
My/Our style: Modern/Contemporary
We were lucky enough to ring in 2008 at Eric and Christine's first annual 1960's-style New Years soiree. Their home had the "ring-a-ding" charm and swingin' elegance akin to a classic Kennedy-era pad. So when we approached Christine and Eric and begged them to let us stop by to do a house tour, we were grateful that they happily agreed.
Warm and breezy, every level of their 4-balcony home gives off a beach vacation vibe (and that's hard to fake in mid-July Silver Lake). Lending a helping hand to the feeling is the expanse of a 4th wall glass window in the upstairs guest bathroom. The huge sliding glass doors on every level of the house give it a unique "lazy afternoon in a boys club" setting. The perfect atmosphere for catching up on Mad Men.
The thing that impressed us most-- almost all the paintings were done by Eric's dad and brother, the amateur artists in the family. When we asked Eric where his paintings were hiding he said he gets more enjoyment out of collecting the art. Our favorite DIY projects are the two clocks that Christine made out of steel bread baskets and wooden chopsticks from local restaurants. Let's see how the pair mix a vacation vibe in an old school setting..
Inspiration: Mid-Century Modern
Fun Fact: Featured in a reality show called "Going Hollywood" (which apparently didn't last long).
Favorite Element: Airiness and Dad's desk chair in office.
Biggest Challenge: The hillside location causes cracks (When purchased in 1994, it was deemed an earthquake foreclosure)
What Friends Say: "Wow, this is awesome, great view!"
Biggest Embarrassment: Family heirloom hanging in the driveway. It looks like we sell falafels here.
Proudest DIY: Decorating the house (not including large ugly painting in living room—Christine hates it).
Biggest Indulgence: Sound system wired throughout the house and remote controlled shades.
Best advice: A home you're happy in is well worth the effort. But for us, it didn't happen overnight. It took years and years and it's still not done
Furniture: Plethera (closed): The credenza in the dining room, the white chair in the living room, the kitchen table and chairs
Sugarbarrellantiques.com: the credenza underneath flat screen TV, desk in office
Steele Casey: filing cabinets in office
Pepe's: dresser in bedroom
Sueno: night stands in master bedroom
Surfin' Cowboys: couch and matching chair in living room, coffee table, plush chairs in kitchen
Charlie's Music in Glendale: drum in living room
Tile: International Tile in Santa Monica: Upstairs guest bathroom.
Mortarless on Fletcher: tile in pink bathroom shower (to match the tile around the pink sink(s) which is/are vintage.
Lighting: IKEA: matching lights in master bedroom.
Design Within Reach: hanging light in living room
Rugs and Carpets: Room Service on 3rd Street: rug in living room
(Thanks, Eric and Christine!)