Jeffrey and Joseph's Garage Sale Chic

Jeffrey and Joseph's Garage Sale Chic

Gregory Han
Jan 15, 2010

Name: Jeffrey Eyser and Joseph Kuntz
Location: West Hollywood, California
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years

Colourful, playful, eclectic, imaginative: all these superlatives could be used to describe Jeffrey and Joseph's modest sized West Hollywood home, decorated to the brim with thrift store finds balanced with a foundation of midcentury furnishings…a sort of organized clutter which reveals a love of both the beautiful and ordinary, arranged altogether into interesting displays. The total effect is a big impression in a fairly small space, with each room exhibiting its own personality and colour scheme, carefully curated to personify the personalities and interests of its occupants.

AT Survey:

My/Our style: We have an eclectic style of midcentury modern meets garage sale chic. I have a major love for vintage office furniture and love the mixture of kitsch and DIY style.

Inspiration: My house is a constantly evolving space. I can't leave anything decorated the same way for too long. I've just recently maxed out on space for my extensive chair collection so the day to day is a bit of musical chairs. I'm heavily inspired by designers like Adler and Wearstler and love everything Eames. My most recent obsession is mid-century office design, I'm constantly trying to find new ways of repurposing filing cabinets.

Favorite Element: Right now I love my phone booth. For Christmas I actually put the Christmas tree inside the booth. I usually have a favorite chair of the moment.

Biggest Challenge: This house is incredibly small. I tried to find interesting ways of maximizing space. I've managed to make the space feel large and cozy. You have to force yourself to be creative when you only have one closet for 2 people.

What Friends Say: My friends are constantly surprised by my redecorating, the most common comment I get is when I take guests to the roof and they say, "Wow, your house feels a lot larger than this". I've gotten numerous house decorating gigs by showcasing my own pad.

Biggest Embarrassment: My kitchen is quite small, almost non-existent. I consider it to be both a blessing and a pain. On one hand I don't take up valuable square footage with counter space, on the other hand I spend A LOT of money eating out. I just recently invested in a slim space saving refrigerator by GE…sandwiches galore.

Proudest DIY: I have a lot of DIY projects that I love, but probably the proudest would also be my simplest. I purchased the dirtiest oldest filing cabinet I could find, flipped it on its side and put large industrial casters on it. This piece is now serving as my entertainment unit, but it will one day be my coffee table. I want to produce a line on repurposed filing cabinet furniture.

Biggest Indulgence: The biggest indulgence has got to be the phone booth. I've always wanted a metal phone booth in my entryway and now I have one. It took four of us an hour to get it inside, but it was so worth it.

Best advice: When decorating houses I always give people the same advice, paint your walls! Also, I tell people before buying a bunch of new furniture to first let me rearrange their existing items. A lot of times they are surprised by finding new uses for old items. Painting is a big one though, new paint can completely change a space.

Dream source: Well, I love splurging at Design Within Reach, but I love getting dressing from CB2. If I could just walk into an Eames show room and pick out anything I wanted I think that would be a dream come true.

Resources:

Appliances: Kitchen appliance are all stainless steel GE. Trashcan is from Simple Human.

Furniture:

Dining room :

  • Phone booth, filing cabinets, Barcelona chair, bar stools, office chair – vintage
  • Table, wall mirrors – IKEA
  • Hanging lights – cords from cost plus, blubs from Light Bulbs Unlimited
  • Rothko print – found art
  • Aha stool – DWR

Living room :

  • Bantam sofa, Nelson bench, Pablo Ventana lamps – DWR
  • Side table, filing cabinet entertainment center, faux Eames lounge chair – vintage
  • Rug, lamp – CB2
  • Mirror wall art – Chiasso
  • Wall art – framed Polaroids
  • Pillows – Target

Office :

  • Shelving – Target
  • Bar – Target shelving with found glass top
  • Desk, oversized clock – CB2
  • Wall lights – fluorescents from Light Bulbs Unlimited
  • Desk chair – vintage

Bedroom :

  • Bed – West Elm
  • Filing cabinet Side tables / lights – Target
  • Entertainment center – Target
  • Office chair, molded plywood lounge chair, pachinko wall art – vintage
  • Couch, coffee table – IKEA
  • Pillows – Target / shop SCAD
  • Hot dog wall art – home goods

Outside :

  • Cabana – Z Gallerie
  • Seating – DWR / vintage
  • Tables – Target
  • Rolling cart – vintage
  • Cubitech shelving – DWR

Paint: All my paint colors are Benjamin Moore. I'm not sure of the colors off the top of my head, but the entry/dining room is Citron, Kitchen is Nacho Cheese. Not sure on the rest.

Rugs and Carpets: Carpeting with area rugs, CB2 and Target.

Window Treatments: Not a big fan of fabric, I'm aware of the benefits, but I like seeing the clean lines of the windows. I did do a vinyl frost treatment on the bedroom French doors.

Beds: See above.

Artwork: I love Polaroids. I find something funny about having a framed Polaroid.

(Thanks, Jeffrey and Joseph!)

Photos by Jeffrey Eyser

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