Name: Joe DiSanto & Kristin McCasey
Location: West Adams, California
Size: 1,700 square feet
Years lived in: 5.5 years
Creative couple, Joe and Kristin, bought their house in April 2004. Located in the historic West Adams area of Los Angeles, the neighborhood is a combination of medium to large Craftsman and Victorian homes, along with other assorted styles. Although the house is a restored Craftsman (which the couple loves), they also love the look of Danish style and have slowly been adding pieces into their home. They particularly like the mix of a contemporary design with the warmth of rich wood colors and textures. Now Joe and Kristen's home is full of an interesting mix of styles and they love how it all works altogether.
The couple is no stranger to DIY projects, often creating unique and interesting pieces for their home - like the kitchen island featured in the first image. In Joe's words, "I made the kitchen island out of a free work bench that I saw out for the trash. I shortened it, I created a new top out of basic 18" x 48" x 1.5" pine would boards I got at home depot. I joined 3 of them together to create the top then stained and polyed it. I then bought shelf brackets from Anthropologie to support the overhang that the stools are under." We love the thought that went into their home and know they appreciate their space. That's truly making a house a home.
Our style: Eclectic. Old meets a little new.
Inspiration: Make it a place we want to hang out in.
Favorite Element: Our backyard, Danish modern credenza in the living room, island in kitchen with pots over it, and the sitting room in our master bedroom.
Biggest Challenge: Adding some modern touches.
What Friends Say: They usually say they love it!
Biggest Embarrassment: Our second bedroom and bathroom. We never got around to making them nice.
Proudest DIY: The fact that most of our furniture is used…but you can't really tell.
Biggest Indulgence: Th hot tub in the backyard.
Best advice: There is a point when DIY can stop being fun. Get a little help when you need it.
Dream source: We love this place, Floor Model.
- Home Depot
- Pepe's Thrifty Shop
- Wertz Brothers
- Sofa Company
- Bought from people (Craigslist, etc)
- Floor Model
- Home made. We made our bed in the master bedroom
- Refinish some old stuff, like the desk in office
- Home Depot
- Restoration Hardware
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Pottery Barn
- Crate & Barrel
- Michael's Crafts
Lighting: Various lighting stores
- Home Depot
Rug and Carpet:
- Josephs Rugs / Van Nuys CA (shag in living room)
- Floors to Go (hardwood in sitting room & office)
- Building 19 Rhode Island (rug in dining room)
- Rest of the hardwood was original
Artwork: Mostly it is our photography, paintings and drawings. I collect frames from yard sales (see kitchen). The rest is from Pepe's Thrifty shop and a couple things from Ross Dress for Less.
(Thanks, Joe and Kristin!)