Greg's Reflection of Taste

Greg's Reflection of Taste

Gregory Han
Apr 24, 2009

Name: Greg Holcomb
Location: Los Angeles
Size: 1,750 sq ft.
Years lived in: 3.5 years

Today we can add Greg Holcomb's 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1920's era apartment to the growing archive of "Greg's" and "Gregory's" showcased on Apartment Therapy. His space is an example of how to buck the midcentury or "loft look" for something a bit more eclectic and classical, a home defined by a love of foreign films, art, and a dedication for the finer things in life collected on an eBay budget (we especially like the mom-made window treatments). And get ready to be jealous of Greg's expansive city view below...

AT Survey:

My/Our style: An eclectic mix of art and antiques that reflect both a personal history as well as convey a personal aesthetic.

Inspiration: My inner dialogue. I'm influenced by everything from 1970's Italian horror movies to 1920's silent films. From ancient Egypt to Las Vegas. Food, music, books – all of it can inspire me and I want my home environment to reflect a taste of that inspiration back to me.

Favorite Element: The windows. They are everywhere. I've never lived in a place that had so many windows. They are original and have attached screens that slide into the walls. They are amazing.

Biggest Challenge: Combining pieces of various eras and importance in a way that they work together and compliment each other. The french Exorcist poster has to work with the Dole collage and the Sloan print. The plastic alien figurine from the toy store has to work with the DeLonga vase and the coyote skull that sits alongside.

What Friends Say: They say that when the building was built in 1922 it must have been done knowing that I would live there one day. Some think it is elegant, others think it is eccentric. Some don't know what exactly to make of it but everyone seems to enjoy looking around.

Biggest Embarrassment: The master bathroom was remodeled in a very 90's way by a prior owner. I never got around to changing it back to look like an original bathroom.

Proudest DIY: I like to hang pictures and place objects myself but beyond that I hire a professional.

Biggest Indulgence: Artwork and my bed. You can never shortchange your self on bedding. You deserve the finest materials against your skin.

Best advice: If you don't like how something turns out you can always change it later.

Dream source: NK Shop on Highland.

AT Survey:

My/Our style: An eclectic mix of art and antiques that reflect both a personal history as well as convey a personal aesthetic.

Inspiration: My inner dialogue. I'm influenced by everything from 1970's Italian horror movies to 1920's silent films. From ancient Egypt to Las Vegas. Food, music, books – all of it can inspire me and I want my home environment to reflect a taste of that inspiration back to me.

Favorite Element: The windows. They are everywhere. I've never lived in a place that had so many windows. They are original and have attached screens that slide into the walls. They are amazing.

Biggest Challenge: Combining pieces of various eras and importance in a way that they work together and compliment each other. The french Exorcist poster has to work with the Dole collage and the Sloan print. The plastic alien figurine from the toy store has to work with the DeLonga vase and the coyote skull that sits alongside.

Resources:

Appliances: Hardware Liz's Hardware, Ebay. I see a lot of cool hardware these days even at the local hardware stores. There is a lot of junk too, but more interesting and workable options than I remember ever seeing around before.

Furniture: NK Shop on Highland and Melrose. The best store in LA.

Accessories: Flea markets, estate sales. The right stuff will find you if you don't force it.

Lighting: Ebay

Rugs and Carpets: Lester Carpet on Beverly, Decorative Carpet on Melrose

Tiles and Stone: Exquisite Surfaces

Window Treatments: My mom made them!

Artwork: The most important piece of the puzzle. Collected from numerous sources. Family, flea markets, auctions. I have artwork by friends hanging next to known artists, next to paintings my little brother did, next to vintage lobby cards, next to antique prints that are hundreds of years old. I have found some cool stuff on Ebay but for the most part I just always have one eye open and collect pieces that grab my attention when I happen upon them.

Flooring: Rode Brothers

Thanks, Greg!

 

(Photos by Greg Holcomb)


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