Name: Robert Gerner – Agent, Four Corner Realty
Location: Wilshire Corridor, Los Angeles, California
Size:1,450 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; rent
Rob's two bedroom apartment overlooks the Wilshire corridor and has a stunning view of the Hollywood Hills. His home is the perfect bachelor pad, with plenty of personal style. Designer Stefani Rosso lent a helping hand in pulling together some of the finishing touches on the interior design.
The space itself is roomy and modern, but Rob has integrated his personal style throughout to create a livable and functional home. "Being a Los Angeles native influenced by so many different genres of styles growing up, finding one's own eclectic sense and feel is an evolution of its own," he says. When I asked Rob what was most essential about designing a home, he said it was all about restraint. "It is sometimes difficult to be selective and not overfill the space. Empty space can say more than eight items you thought you needed to have." With experience gained from his involvement in real estate, Rob was able to develop a home that he's proud of, incorporating his love of modern decor, and vintage maps.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: A masculine compilation of contemporary and modernist elements. Can one's style really ever be totally defined?
Inspiration: I try to imagine a room where Thomas Crown, Bugsy Segal and Howard Hughes would be brainstorming the next move over a glass of prohibition era hooch.
Favorite Element: It's a tie between the rooftop pool and the concierge.
Biggest Challenge: At first it was waiting for all the furniture to arrive. I kept thinking "this is like watching my clients waiting to close escrow!" But once the furniture arrived, integrating my family's heirloom collection of antique maps presented another set of challenges.
What Friends Say: It doesn't get more bachelor than this.
Biggest Embarrassment: There is no cabana at the pool.
Proudest DIY: I hung all the maps myself.
Biggest Indulgence: Splurging on my interior designer, Stefani Rosso. She made sure all the important details were expertly handled.
Best Advice: Make sure you have accurate measurements of everything — and don't forget to measure the elevator!
Dream Sources: Locating unique pieces such as my fully restored vintage Milo Baughman Rosewood Case Sofa. This one came all the way from Chicago.
Resources of Note:
• Milo Baughman Rosewood Case Sofa; Modern Drama, Chicago
• Caulfield Coffee Table; Minotti Los Angeles
• Custom Ottoman & Bolster Pillows in Maharam's Violet Epingle Stripe by Paul Smith
• Adjustable Table E1070 by Eileen Gray; Design Within Reach
• Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair; Room & Board
• Larabee Dot Round Vase; Kate Spade
• Double 12 Dominoes; Etsy
• Chinoiserie Porcelain Cup; Melrose Trading Post (Fairfax Sunday Flea Market)
• Off-white Crocodile Tray; Vellum
• Eames Lounge & Ottoman; Black Vicenza Leather & Walnut; Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller; Room & Board
• Square Ribbon Vase; MoMA Store
• Cesca Cane Chairs by Marcel Breuer
• Diane von Furstenberg Radiant Lacquer Serving Tray; Bloomingdales
• Tea Towels; Hammock's & High Tea
• Lotus Blossom Votive; Designers Views on La Brea
• Gilt Horse Bookend; Sunset Bazaar; Silverlake
• Andrew Martin Floor Lamp
• H.D. Buttercup Storage Chest
• Winter Patchwork Throw; West Elm
• Custom Headboard
• Kartell Optic Cube
• Organic Woodgrain Towels; Westelm
• Vintage Pyrex Apothecary Jar
• Voluspa Candles
• Teak Laughing Buddha; Roadside Shop in Bangkok, Thailand
Thanks, Rob! Also thank you to Stefani Rosso for connecting me with Rob for the tour!
(Images: Bethany Nauert)
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