[This is our last week of posts from our three finalists, each vying for a spot on the ATLA roster. Today thru Friday, each of our three finalists will be walking us through a house tour, beginning with Abby's tour of a Franklin Hills residence...]
Name: Joshua & Raphael
Location: Franklin Hills, CA (Los Feliz/Silver Lake)
Size: 1080 sq. ft.
Joshua Rose, an Emmy-award winning visual effects designer and his partner Raphael Kalichstein, a practitioner of Chinese medicine, fell into interior design a few months ago when they bought a tiny English cottage in the Franklin Hills above Silver Lake. Combining Josh's visual skills with Rafael's Eastern training, they've started FORM based on their belief that the services of an interior designer should be available -- and affordable -- to everyone. One of their signatures, which they've trademarked Modern Salvaged Interiors, is the recycling of elements, from chairs to building materials, they've literally found on the street.
Favorite element: The light floors. White washed pine planks with two coats of clear high gloss varnish lighten up the house. The yellowing caused by the varnish gives them a color akin to old ivory.
Proudest DIY: Josh refinished the entire dining room set himself. "I found the chairs at a thrift store in Venice Beach and the table in a junk yard in Twenty Nine Palms."
Appliances: Bosch and Kitchen Aid in the Kitchen. The bathroom fixtures are almost entirely salvaged. "When we bought the house, Josh recognized the built-in tub as claw foot, sans feet, and the hunt was on. Ultimately, we found the feet in Florida."
Furniture & Lighting: What�s not salvaged was commissioned at Room Service Home and there are a few Ikea pieces such as the iron bed in Josh's daughter's room.
Paint: Josh swears by Dunn-Edwards. "I love their palette and there�s a depth and a life to their paints that doesn�t exist in other lines. It�s the one line which I find supports a lot of negative space. This was especially important in the living room where we deliberately left the walls bare to maximize the feeling of openness in an otherwise small house."
Window Treatments: The curtains in Josh's daughter's room were made by her mother. Roller shades are by Smith and Noble.