Jules & Henry's 'Modern Menagerie' Loft

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Name: Jules Escalona, Co-owner of Citizen Space, and Henry Deleon, Concept Designer for Elastic.tv
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 9 months

Who knew just how much cats would like living in a loft? Jules and Henry turned their cool urban loft into a family home with pets to warm up the space. Henry is a graphic artist and Jules has a passion for interior design, having previously worked at a furniture rental company, so mixing their two strengths resulted in a very fun and functional aesthetic.

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Moving from the main living area to the bedroom, you feel like you are entering a boutique hotel in a metropolitan city, what with the high ceilings, the dramatic contrast, Mid-Century influences, and of course the floor-to-ceiling drapery. I love how the bedroom's design is simple and somewhat minimal, but still has a huge impact.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Our style has been described as 'modern menagerie'. It's a mixture of furniture and accessories that that have been accumulated through the years. Since we both have a modern yet utilitarian sensibility, it was easy to meld our collections together. Henry's pieces tend to have a hard edge and geometric line, while Jules' collection draws in more decorative and organic elements. Many of the pieces were found in thrift stores and flea markets. Our styles complement each other and give an overall balance to the aesthetic of our home.

Inspiration: Our home is really inspired by the melding of our two worlds. Since we each have personal collections or objects of sentimental value that have to be displayed, any new piece of furniture has a duty to bridge any gaps. Cabinets that are used to show off childhood collections also have to provide storage for clothing. Pictures and artwork are arranged with similar frames to provide a cohesive flow.

Favorite Element: Our favorite element of our loft is the large open space. This allows us to be creative in creating smaller sections using furniture groupings and placement. We can have parties with over 45 attendees, and they can huddle in their own groups but still feel like they're part of the overall event.

Biggest Challenge: Is also our favorite element. Because the floor plan was a large open concept, there were no walls that aided in defining where to put the living room, the office, the bedroom and or the dining room.

What Friends Say: Friends love our apartment. They are always struck at first at how large of a space we have.

Biggest Embarrassment: Though not really an embarrassment, Henry's guilty pleasure is his collection of Transformers.

Proudest DIY: Our proudest DIY is a tie between our gallery wall and the curtain that separates our bedroom area from our closet area.

Biggest Indulgence: The once a month cleaning service.

Best Advice: The best advice was going with our guts and giving downtown living a try.

Dream Sources: Henry: Blu Dot, Magis; Jules: Any foreign country's outdoor flea market selling vintage pieces

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Resources of Note:

APPLIANCES

HARDWARE

FURNITURE

ACCESSORIES

LIGHTING

  • Lamps from Henry's parents
  • Ceiling lights came with the apartment

PAINT

  • BEHR for Home Depot
  • Cracked pepper for the living room
  • Restless Sea for the living room

RUGS & CARPETS

WINDOW TREATMENTS

  • Ikea hack for the closet/bedroom panels

ARTWORK

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Thanks, Jules & Henry!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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