Name: Max Gough + his cat Bruno
Location: West Hollywood — Los Angeles, CA
Size: 700 square feet
Years lived in: 7 Years — rent
Interior Designer Max Gough lives in a wonderful West Hollywood bungalow style apartment. Eclectically decorated with rich colors, dark textures and tons of artwork, this home is a gallery of great books, furniture and accessories. Working with a limited amount of space, Max has created a clever and charming atmosphere to call home.
Max feels that "color and pattern" are most essential in designing a home. "Obviously I can't get enough of it. This is actually the second incarnation of this apartment. It looked completely different for the first 5 years." Every wall is full of color, paintings, photography. The apartment is bursting with overlapping design elements that keep your eye moving from floor to ceiling.
Living in LA, Max gets to take full advantage of the weather and the Spanish style architecture. "I call my style California Exotic because it has influenced everything about my design. I love the rugged and beautiful landscape, the hyper modern influence, the Moorish influence, the Asian influence, Hollywood Regency… Only in LA do all of these elements marry together in such a beautiful and fresh way. J'adore the City of Angels."
Many thanks to Leslie Landis for connecting us :)
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Butch Glamazon
Inspiration: The majestic west coast.
Favorite Element: My poor man's David Hockney painting (the kid standing on the beach) in the living room. My friends call him my gay Christopher Robin (is that redundant?).
Biggest Challenge: Budget. Being on a strict one, it took a long time to collect all the pieces. In the long run it served me better because my taste continued to change and evolve.
What Friends Say: If you are prone to seizures be careful.
Biggest Embarrassment: The pink tile in my bathroom. Ugggh.
Proudest DIY: The painted chalkboard cabinets in the kitchen. I also changed the hardware pulls and purchased some big square pulls from Ikea. They are like big modern pieces of jewelry.
Biggest Indulgence: My custom silver tufted banquette in the kitchen. It serves as a kitchen table/office desk and storage.
Best Advice: Bring it fast and furious. It's is your place, so really the only rules are the ones you put on yourself.
Dream Sources: Dragonette, Kneedler Fauchere, JF Chen
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
•Living Room Benjamin Moore
•Bedroom Ceiling -Metal Effects Gold Metallic paint with Blue Patina
•Rust-Oleum Kitchen Chalkboard paint gray
• Sofa and coffee table and all lamps; Casa Victoria in Silver Lake
•Gray Chair is from Room Service but has been reupholstered in 2 different fabrics from Pindler and Pindler
•Kilim Rug from Fairfax flea market
• Custom Silver Banquet
•Noguchi Dining Table; Hotel Surplus Outlet
• Mirror Console, Mirrors behind Bed; Now/Again in Silverlake
•Small black credenza; Casa Victoria
•Asian Lamps; Rosebowl flea market
•Chandelier; Uncommon Objects in Austin, Texas
Images: Bethany Nauert
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