Flora, Co-Founder of BLIK Surface Graphics
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; Owned
I have been following BLIK for years and am thoroughly intrigued by how many different ideas and uses they find for wall decals. Yes, you can use a wall decal as a headboard. Don't have a plant in your house? Not a problem — a wall decal will do. I got really excited when I had the opportunity to take a peek into the co-founder's home to see just how he mixes BLIK decals with his contemporary decor.
Scott's home is fun and playful and nothing is taken too seriously, which is a true representation of his personality. I am impressed that he will jump right in and put up Hello Kitty decals in his daughter's bedroom as a surprise. He is also not afraid to play a game of "place the eggs under the hen" in the living room. The decor can change at any moment, depending on which wall decal is being talked about at the office. Scott loves to try out the decals at home to see how they live in a real environment.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Can’t
say I or my partner Susan have a style, per se. I like modern stuff, I like
classic, I prefer minimal over maximal — mostly I like something that is well
designed or interesting. But I also look for value. I love a good deal! I run a
business and costs and bottom lines are something I look at every day, so it
naturally affects purchasing for my place. I allow for a few splurges here and
there, but in the end, like my companies’ products, I like well designed things
that aren’t over priced or over engineered.
Inspiration: So much inspires me here
in Southern California; there is always something new to see, admire and listen
to. Most inspiration comes from things I see every day. I look at a lot
of designed things, both good and bad; graphics, art, furniture, videos and video
games, architecture, products, you name it. I try to bring things I like
into my life without cluttering it. So it’s a balance of only bringing some of
the things in.
I listen to music a lot as well, and I find that it can also
influence me and how I think about space. A song or artist that does something
unexpected in a piece of music can inspire me to take a chance on something in
my house, maybe paint a wall yellow or place a piece of furniture in a new way.
I use my house as a laboratory of sorts (I used to work in an actual virology
lab after college) and I love to bring new BLIK design ideas home to see how
they work. Do I like the color, scale, proportion, do I like the way the piece
interacts with my furniture or not, do I like the way the forms of the graphic
impact my space, etc.
Favorite Element: In terms of physical
elements, I love a few art pieces by Craww Kofie (who has a line with BLIK) and
Dabs Myla (shout out to CAVE Gallery in Venice for showing some very cool
artists who’ve inspired me). In terms of the space I love the indoor/outdoor
mix. The house is set back from the street by about 20 feet, the house itself
is about 50 feet deep and the backyard continues another 50 feet beyond that.
If you close the front gate and open the front and back doors the whole place opens
to the landscape outside — on a sunny spring morning it’s awesome.
never think we have a lot of stuff until we unpack the boxes after a move and
get most things in place. Then it hits me that I’ve only gone through 60%
and it’s perfect as is. What to do with the other 40%, and how to make it
“feel” organized? Do I leave it in the boxes, do I sell it, do I squeeze it in
and make it work? My place is a study in organized clutter, lots of stuff,
fitting just perfectly, but add to it or tweak it slightly and you may be in
What Friends Say:
love the light! As in the natural light. We have glass doors that line the
whole back side of the house and skylights and high windows in the kitchen and
master bedroom. On a sunny day (or even not so sunny) the whole back of the
house fills with light. So you enter through a low roofed porch and into a
section of the house that has 8’ ceilings and minimal light from just a few
windows, as you step down into the back portion the light just hits you. And
from there you can flow out into the back outdoor space.
Biggest Embarrassment: Wine storage and kitty
litter, hands down. We love wine, and for those of us without the luxury of a
wine cellar who like to keep wine at a proper temperature, the main options are
ugly wine fridges that are big, sometimes loud and can't be hidden. They just
sit there in your space and annoy you. And although I love my 15 year old grandpa cat, Halfway, his “essence” can sometimes overpower the house.
this is probably my biggest embarrassment now that I think of it — I do very
little other than paint and stick BLIK everywhere! All my real DIY comes in my
dining table is a custom made reclaimed wood and anodized metal beauty that will
last multiple lifetimes. It cost a pretty penny, but I figured if you’re going
to splurge on a piece of furniture it may as well be the place we eat every
can’t really do it wrong, it’s your house and it should reflect your style –
don’t worry so much what others will think. Have a plan and execute, think
about what you want and the ultimate use for your place, or start with a
specific room. Is it for chilling, conversing, reading, working? Make the room
a pleasant one for that use and it will be a success. And don’t be afraid to
take a few risks. Taking too few will create a minimal space with no “you” in
it, and if something doesn’t work, you won’t know unless you give it a shot. So
go ahead and paint that wall pink!
loved the Droog shop in Vegas until it closed last year, but still love to see
what A+R in Venice brings in to inspire, and Ray at Obsolete on Main in Santa
Monica always has some tricks up his sleeve. I go there for inspiration — his
street windows alone are worth driving by a few times a month. And keeping with
the local theme, CAVE Gallery on Abbot Kinney brings in young, talented artists
and prices their pieces so just about anyone can have an original in their place.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
Various Vitra chairs + Noguchi table + Sofabed - Room&Board
Cubitec Shelving from DWR
Marc Newson Hooks, Dishware, various other kitchen tools – Alessi
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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