My style: My loft is a deco eccentric men's smoking lounge.
Inspiration: The Eastern Columbia Building and downtown Los Angeles' originally glamorous (more recently checkered) past.
Favorite Element: The honeycomb shelf wall. Because the shelves are backless and the opening gets larger at eye level, it divides the living space from the bedroom without taking away from the open feel.
Biggest Challenge: My loft is on the Mezzanine of the Eastern Columbia Building. So, I get to house the huge concrete beam that holds up the rest of the building. It looked very low and ominous until we (Kasten and Los Angeles designer and friend, Shannon Ggem) wood wrapped it on the living room side and installed the Jewelry Sign in the kitchen.
Biggest Embarrassment: Before I fully built the litter box enclosure, I had my housewarming party. For the party, I made a convincing cardboard version. Someone sat on it, thinking it was solid and fell into the litterbox!
Proudest DIY: The bathroom floor! I used garage floor epoxy paint and mica, then taped off the design. I applied layer after layer of black paint and mica until it became the deco darling it is now. That, or my handpainting on the deco chevron moulding in the living room.
Biggest Indulgence: The Art Deco blue glass mirrors on the beam in the living room. To get the period appropriate color, I had to have mirroring applied to regular blue glass. They were so worth it. I worried about the cost of the Bradbury and Bradbury wallpaper, but it turns out it was very reasonable.
Best advice: Get it all done at one time. I thought about installing the wood floors later. Shannon talked me out of waiting, pointing out that I'd need to totally move out and back in again which would ultimately cost me more money.
Dream source: The National Hotel, The Chrysler Building
Actual sources: Strange Fells Point, Maryland antique stores, Los Angeles area yard sales and Swap Meets, Bradbury and Bradbury, Meoded Paint, Monumental Construction & Moulding Company, Honeycomb House, Benjamin Moore Paints, Superior Moulding, Downtown Los Angeles textile district, Ebay, Custom Glass Specialists, Lumber Liquidators, Olde Good Things
Furniture: Couch and chairs recovered by Chalios Custom Upholstery but inspired by a Joan Crawford film. Bar in living room; Wertz Brothers in Santa Monica. Cigarette stand and barista bookcase from Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Taxidermy is from college days that has stayed with me throughout the years. Coffee table from Glendale swap meet. Bed is from SkyMall.
Lighting: Lights in bookcase from Home Depot.
Flooring: Jose Ramos installed prefinished cherry flooring from Lumber Liquidators