Name: Susan and Michael
Location: Santa Monica
Size: Approximately 900 sq.ft.
Years Lived in: 20+ Rented
We were first introduced to Susan and Michael through Susan's evocative charcoal figure drawings, which held place of honour in a friend's living room. When we were subsequently invited to dinner at their apartment, we discovered that Michael had artistic talents of his own - in the kitchen - which were on full display during an amazing meal and a few great bottles of wine. Originally, we planned to stop by their house briefly to examine the AS Gallery Hanging System which they'd installed during their recent renovation. But, sitting in their home, in a rare moment when it wasn't filled with people, Michael puttering in the kitchen, we were captivated by our surroundings. Evidence of their exuberant approach to life was apparent at every turn. We loved how this small two bedroom apartment had been transformed into a light-filled loft space, punctuated with colorful walls and art and mementos that reference their travels, their friends and their many interests. We couldn't help but pull out our camera to capture this cheerful space.
Our style: Modern Eclectic
Inspiration: Need light to read, "less is more"
Favorite room: Kitchen
Most talked about element: Lighting, A-S Art Hanging System, Ikea Pull-out Pantry
Most embarrassing element: Dishwasher is portable, has to be wheeled in to place, and the top is faux wood grain. Ick.
Element that makes your knees weak: 21+ cubic feet of additional kitchen storage!
Proudest DIY moment: Susan's art!
Dream source or item: the A-S Art Hanging System
Reality source: Ikea
Best advice: The project will invariably go south for some time for some reason, learn to live with boxes in the living room
Had forever: the oven in a box
Just got: Pull-out pantry
Resources: friends, Ikea, Home Depot, EXPO – lighting designer, Ransom Go
Furniture: West LA Contemporary
Accessories: Pottery Barn, gifts, Cost Plus, Crate and Barrel, West Elm
Paint: Home depot
Tiles and Stone: Home Depot
Window Treatments: plastic louvers – via Home Depot
Bed: Japanese custom made tatami mat bed, base is several 2ft x 3 ft sections
Artwork: Rodin, Romero, Brice, Burkholtz, and Susan
(Thanks Susan and Michael!)