Name: Ofer Kamil and Randy Smith
Location: Musuem Square — Los Angeles, California
Size: 2,000 square feet — 3 bed + 2 bath
Years lived in: 12
"Less is more" does not apply to Ofer and Randy's personal design style. Ofer works in the catering business so the kitchen is a feature element in their home. The EAT sign couldn't be more appropriate considering Ofer's line of work. Each room has its own eclectic style, but the consistent theme is small collections — from pottery to plates.
I have rarely seen stripes used in a kitchen. However, after seeing the shades of blue stripes, I want to give my own kitchen a second look. It is clear that each detail is thought out and while the kitchen features vertical stripes, the bathroom has black and white horizontal stripes. I can't wait to get an invite to a dinner party and get o eat under the big EAT sign, while exploring what is in all the cookie jars.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Very eclectic. We have collected a lot from flea markets around the country — furniture, rugs, pottery, lamps, etc. We have mixed mid-century with 18th century antiques as well as housewares from around the world.
Inspiration: We were inspired to buy the house because it had an open layout and a good vibe. It felt as if there had been many good times here and we wanted to continue them. We love having people over for quiet dinners or larger Pumpkin Carving Halloween parties. We wanted to keep the house looking and feeling warm with lots of color and comfortable furniture.
Favorite Element: I love the master bathroom, which has a glass brick wall that lets in all the light and has a deco feel. I also love the greenery in our yard and on the patios, which surrounds our house year round.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge in designing our home is actually stopping the process of redesigning. Because we have been here for quite a while, we constantly want to change it by adding more and more stuff. Part of the reason we purchased the home is because it was in great shape and we only did a few cosmetic enhancements with paint throughout and in the kitchen and bathrooms. The house is still in great shape. We like unique personal items in the house, such as lots of pictures and some childhood memorabilia. The essence of our families and art really speaks to us.
What Friends Say: Where do you get all your stuff, and how do you know it's going to work? People love our home from the way it looks to the way it feels. We just had a couple of new people over and they loved the various collections and the food.
Biggest Embarrassment: I think it's time to redo the floors. We have 2 dogs and over the years they have worn down the floors. We have had them refinished, but not in a while. Also, there is a small bathroom that you must walk through to get o the den as a shortcut from the kitchen. There is a longer way around, but most people take the shortcut.
Proudest DIY: I took two of our closets that had not been well utilized and made them functional and handsome: our His & His closets. It's amazing how little I had to spend to redo these walk-ins — fixtures, throw rugs, shelving, and a couple of small collections/artwork. They were totally transformed and we did NOT need to use California Closets.
Biggest Indulgence: The baby grand piano, which was a surprise for Randy when moving in. The house was still thoroughly unfurnished and I got him here on a ruse to check the kitchen appliances. When he walked in o the living room the black baby grand was set up near the large front window. He was shocked, amazed, and thrilled. Also, we are always buying chatchkies, books, pottery, and china.
Best advice: Moving things around and remerchandising makes it feel like you are in a new room. When in doubt and on a budget, repaint a room! It's the best redecorating you can ever do.
Dream source: We used to go to flea markets in Los Angeles every Sunday, pretty much without fail. I must say they just aren't as good as they once were. Auctions are great and we still shop flea markets and antique stores wherever we travel.
Resources of Note:
- Sofa in Den: Michael Mueller Design
- Lounge Chairs in Living Room and Den: Nancy Corzine
- Lounge Chair in Living Room: LDC Home
- Sofa in Living Room: H.D. Buttercup
- Dining Room Table: Modern Living
- Fan in Bedroom: Modern Fan Company
RUGS AND CARPET
- Runners in Bedroom and Hallway: Aga John Oriental Rugs
- Rug in Living Room: Aga John Oriental Rugs
- Cow Hyde in Den: Argentina
TILE AND STONE
- Stone in Kitchen: Walker Zanger
- Drapery Around the Home: Roman Shades by Ray
- Chandelier in Living Room: 18th Century German, which Belonged to Grandma
- Ralph Lauren
- Dunn Edwards
Thanks Ofer & Randy!
Images: Bethany Nauert
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