Jeffrey & Joseph first showed us a taste of their style when they entered their old house in the Small Cool contest. Their new gorgeous Los Angeles casita, hidden behind a tall gate and trees, is a classic duplex flat with restored hard wood and huge front and back yard. I was in awe of Jeff & Joseph’s style, everything is placed with intention and sense of humor.
Jeff is a set and prop stylist for television and Joseph is manager of post operations for 51 Minds. Two very creative people have converged their tastes and created a fun and eclectic yet beautiful home. And their dog, she was to die for. They have several collections of chairs and vintage televisions that are spread out throughout the home. In their office Jeff has keepsakes from all the reality television sets he's worked on, like a beer can custom made for Rock of Love. Overall the house is intricately designed and well manicured, but then just as you're admiring a shiny vase or cool vintage clock, you'll see fake severed arm hanging over the computer. Jeff's sense of art direction and prop styling lends much inspiration to this awesome house.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Our Style is definitely trying to move in a more sophisticated yet whimsical direction. Our last house was so cramped that we were forced to be a little more inventive with decorating and storage. Now, we have much more room to spread out and take a breath. I would say our style is comedic sophistication.
Inspiration: We find inspiration everywhere. I’m heavily inspired by retail store design, tv show design, hotels and bars, etc. Being a Production Designer for reality TV I need to keep on my toes with all the latest trends. I read a lot of design books, magazines, and blogs. You can see more of what inspires me at www.flipthisbitch.com!
Favorite Element: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love our phone booth! One day it is going to be the worlds most amazing coat rack, but for now it will only fit in one place in our house, the office / guest room. It was a major chore trying to get it inside, but I couldn’t be happier with the placement. It still brings a smile to my face every morning.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was moving in without painting everything first. Our last house was so colorful that we wanted to transition to a more subtle style this time. I couldn’t resist however and had to paint the entryway and the kitchen. I need my color!
The other challenge was having so much space to work with. We are so used to smaller spaces that we really had to spread ourselves out.
What Friends Say: At this point my friends come over and roll their eyes at the chair centerpiece or the basket of pillows above the fridge, but I know secretly they are all jealous of the phone booth! HA!
Biggest Embarrassment: I find it hard to be embarrassed by anything considering we are so proud of our new house, HOWEVER, the dogs pee is really starting to kill the grass…Ugh.
Proudest DIY: I have a really cool arrangement of acrylic boxes housing miniature chairs in my bedroom. The kitchen paint is maybe one of the most boring DIY projects, but it was a serious bitch. I’ll accept a pat on the back for that one.
Biggest Indulgence: Now that we have the space, we put a TV in every room. There are 3 in the living room if you count the 2 super cool vintage ones. I know its more hip to say you don’t watch TV, but there’s something I find comforting about being surrounded by them. Plus I think the one in the backyard is funny.
Best Advice: Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cant do! There are NO rules in design. Ok well there are a few rules, but the best way to discover your style is through trial and error and error and error.
Dream Sources: I’m getting more and more into vintage airplane furniture. Like seats, drink trolleys, etc. Perhaps free reign of an airplane graveyard would be cool, or if I could take whatever I wanted from the set of Mad Men that would be spectacular.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• TORONTO BLUE – BENJAMIN MOORE
• CITRON – BENJAMIN MOORE
• NEWSPAPER STAND – VINTAGE
• WALL MIRROR – CHIASSO
• FILE CABINET – VINTAGE
• WALL SHELVES - IKEA
•SOFA – DESIGN WITHIN REACH
•EAMES LOUNGE – VINTAGE
•BARCELONA CHAIR – VINTAGE
•NOGUCHI TABLE – BLUEPRINT FURNITURE
•NELSON BENCH – DESIGN WITHIN REACH
•RUG – CB2
•SIDE TABLE – CB2
•PILLOWS – ROOM SERVICE LA
•OLD TV – VINTAGE
•TABLE – CB2
•CHAIRS – VINTAGE
•CHANDELIER – CB2
•RUG – FLOR
•CENTER PIECE – ROOM SERVICE LA
•OLD TV – VINTAGE
•WALL CLOCK – CB2
•ISLAND – IKEA
•APPLIANCES – KENMORE ELITE
•WALL ART – HOME GOODS
•DÉCOR – JONATHAN ADLER / CB2
•BED – WEST ELM
•BEDDING – TARGET
•PILLOWS – SHOP SCAD
•DEER HEAD – Z GALLERIE
•FILE CABINETS – VINTAGE
•ACRYLIC BOXES – CB2
•MINIATURE CHAIRS – AWESOME
•ASTRO TURF – LINOLEUM CITY
•DESK – CB2
•CHAIRS – ROOM SERVICE LA
•PHONEBOOTH – VINTAGE
•DÉCOR – REALITY SHOW RELICS
Thanks, Jeffrey & Joseph!
Images: Bethany Nauert
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