Beach chic turns Surf noir." A perfect title to describe the two homes of Steve Jones. We've mentioned Steve before, as he's part of the team behind Better Shelter, and the recent 1.7 Ocean residential project here in Orange County. This week's LA Times House and Garden features his Laguna Beach studio apartment, and his larger West Hollywood property. It's an interesting contrast between light and dark. The small Laguna property (only 400 square feet!), where Steve resides during the week, is classic coastal cool. Steve's trademark groupings of vintage thrift store paintings, and quirky mid century furnishings are nicely balanced by a mainly white setting, offset by the gorgeous and to-die-for all glass wall that opens up to nothing but ocean.
In contrast, his West Hollywood Spanish style property, where he hangs out and plays in the weekend, is what Steve describes as "Hansel and Gretel on acid." It's much more dark in all senses of the word. The article goes on to talk about the "darker" side of surfing. The new surf-themed HBO show "John from Cincinnati" is used as an example, as it "explores the gritty underbelly of beach culture." Check out the rest of the article here and don't miss the slideshow. Great inspiration for a fresher take on "coastal" decor. Images by Stefano Paltera for LATimes