Name: Sharon Montrose and Spencer Starr
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Size: 2,000 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 3+ years
When we found the photos of Los Angeles photographer Sharon Montrose, we knew we had to pester her for a house tour. Her photographic series of puppy photos of her canine pal, Squeak, hosting a mini-house tour promised of an interior as friendly, warm and inviting as her cute four legged friend, and we were not disappointed when she followed up with a bunch more photos of the home she shares with her husband and dogs. So come on in, take a tour of Sharon and Spencer's Los Angeles pad below...
My/Our style: Clean, but not cold with a mix of Mid Century and Danish furnishings.
Inspiration: The Inspiration for my home: Is the idea of “home” I have in my mind from my childhood home. I also draw inspiration from all the creative people around me–both actual and virtual.
Favorite Element: Our dogs! I can’t imagine home without dogs.
Biggest Challenge: Having the patience to not rush and knowing it is always a work in progress.
What Friends Say: That it’s comfortable and inviting.
Biggest Embarrassment: Ugh, there’s a few closets I’d be horrified for guests to see, and, well, the garage is kind of a mess too.
Proudest DIY: My husband and I demoed and rebuilt the kitchen
Biggest Indulgence: Oooh, that’s a toss up between the kitchen sink and plumbing fixtures and the Saarinen Tulip Table and chairs in the breakfast nook. Oh, if I’m being honest, I guess a stand alone Ice Machine should be considered an indulgence too!
Best advice: Trying to save money can end up costing money in the long run. Do it right the first time..
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Appliances: GE Refrigerator, KitchenAid Architect Series Ice Machine, Maytag Neptune Washer & Dryer, vintage Wedgewood Stove (restored at Antique Stove Heaven).
Furniture: Much of our furniture is vintage Danish purchased from primarily Grot in Redondo Beach (Hi Gavin!), we also have pieces from Floor Model, and Denmark 50. Our dining room table is a Mobler piece we bought off the floor at Skandia Design (RIP). Our two sofas and cowhide ottoman are designed and manufactured by Cisco Brothers. We have an Eames plywood lounge chair, and the aforementioned Saarinen Tulip Table and chairs, both purchased from Hive Modern. In our bedroom we have a side bench made by Mitchell Gold, and our headboard is the Fairfax model from Williams Sonoma Home. For our office we have a mix: Mirra Standard Office Chairs; a refinished McDowell & Craig Tanker Desk, Eames Storage Unit, Hold Everything (RIP) Sectional desk and file cabinets.
Accessories: Where to start? Etsy, Etsy, Etsy…. And, vintage and contemporary Danish Pottery, random eBay finds, books, and odds and ends we have both collected over the years.
Hardware: Franke PSX-110-30-12 Kitchen Sink, Dornbracht Meta Series Faucet, Waterstone Freshwater Spout, Ikea cabinet and drawer pulls, a mix of Rejuvenation and vintage door hardware, Classic Accents push button light switches, Rejuvenation Rotary Doorbell.
Lighting: Our goal, with few exceptions, was to have the majority of lighting, electrical, and plumbing fixtures match the period of our home (1928 French Normandie). To those ends, we purchased nearly every lighting fixture and plate cover at Rejuvenation in Oregon. Our dining room pendant and sconces are the Mauritius line by Via Motif. And we hung a Le Klint Pendant in our breakfast nook (not so much 20’s, but we think it works and we just had to have it).
Window Treatments: Our textile window treatments were custom designed and manufactured by Sol Window Coverings. We also have a few window coverings by Smith & Noble.
Beds: Simmons Beauty Rest (this probably should have gone in the Indulgence category).
Paint: Mostly Dunn Edwards Low Sheen.
Flooring: Vintage white oak we refinishing to a dark brown. We completed our kitchen with Armstrong commercial vinyl flooring.
Rugs and Carpets: Flor, Flor, Flor. We had had tufted wool rugs throughout the house, but they shed ceaselessly for three years, so we officially became huge advocates of Flor. The only rug that isn’t floor is a shag remnant we have in our bedroom.
Tiles and Stone: Our kitchen countertop and backsplash is white carrera marble. The floor of our master bath is 1.5 inch hexagonal black tiles. The rest of the bathroom tile is original to the house (1928).
Artwork: Etsy sellers, vintage dog food advertisements, photos that me or my husband have taken, funky drawings, and some additional photos by family and friends or anything we find that makes us happy to look at.
(Thanks, Sharon & Spencer...and Squeak!)
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Photos by Sharon Montrose