Name: Nick LaKind + his dog Dodger
Location: Hollywoodland, California
Size: 1,350 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Own
Nick LaKind is the lucky owner of a 2 bedroom home in the foothills, right near the Hollywood sign in Beachwood Canyon. His house is full of modern and vintage pieces which he has collected over the past few years, with a touch of DIY charm. Lucky for us, I got to tour his home right before he put it on the market!
Even though his dog Dodger is the most important thing in his home, Nick says that when it comes to designing a home the most essential part is blending the design you love with comfortability. "A well-designed home without comfort just doesn’t feel like a home to me."
Living so close to everything in the Hollywood area, Nick says that the lifestyle and culture of LA has greatly impacted his home aesthetic. "Mainly because there is so much incredible design here, it’s impossible to ignore. Everywhere you look there is something beautiful. If I grew up in Orange county in some housing development with no originality whatsoever I don’t think my house would look the way it does today. My mom was also a great influence when it came to design — she is the queen of DIY, and although her Shabby Chic aesthetic isn’t my taste, it did give me a great eye for design that many lack."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Midcenutry Modern mixed with Rustic/Raw Antique.
Inspiration: Flea markets, Mad Men, and I draw a lot of ideas both from Dwell and Apartment Therapy.
Favorite Element: I love the different patterns I’ve mixed together & somehow, maybe by accident, made work.
Biggest Challenge: Making it look the way I want, on a somewhat limited budget.
What Friends Say: Most of my friends want me to design their homes for them
Biggest Embarrassment: My couch, it’s just not my style.
Proudest DIY: The painted antlers on canvas over my bed.
Biggest Indulgence: Honestly, probably framing my art! I spend more money on framing than I do on anything else! Sherman McNulty, impeccable work!
Best Advice: Don’t listen to anybody who tells you not to do something you really want to do, and don’t "draw within the lines." Just put stuff in that you love and need to have. Make it work!
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Behr: I used a custom grayish blue color for the upstairs that I had blended at Home Depot
- Bench: Nelson platform bench
- Radio tuner: Vintage Refurbished Kenwood tuner w/ vintage Bose speakers
- Sofa: Blueprint Furniture
- Coffee Table: Noguchi
- Rug: Crofthouse LA
- Antlers: Restoration Hardware
- Piano: Flea Market
- Dining Table: West Elm
- Books: Mostly Taschen
- Chandelier: Flea Market
- Bed: West Elm
- White Antlers on yellow canvas : DIY project, antlers from Ebay
- Cowhite rug: gift from a friend
- All framing done by Sherman McNulty
(Images: Bethany Nauert )
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