Name: Lalita Adkins
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Size: 2,2000 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years; Owned
Five years ago, Lalita moved into her husband's townhouse while they were still dating. Before she got her hands on it, she says it was a bachelor pad, with occasional traces of the ghosts of girlfriends past. As founder of Loop Architectural Materials and a lifelong design lover, Lalita recognized the possibilities in the unique and open layout of the home.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I'd like to think it's The Golden Girls meets the Eameses, but mostly it's just a a combination of of our styles and the things we've collected that we've tried to bring together in a way that makes sense to us, and feels like home. I try not to make things too fussy, but it's hard because my style is definitely a moving target, hard to pin down, changing from one week to the next.
Inspiration: All the bright colors of Mexico and India. My mother, and her sisters, who all have strong personal style, and take so much pride in decorating and improving their warm and colorful homes.
Favorite Element: Our lush interior atrium that is the heart of the home, and connects the adjoining spaces of our living room, dining room and office
Biggest Challenge: My husband and I are both pack rats, and despite having tons of closet space, it seems like our personal collections of stereo components, half-finished inventions, tools, instruments, tchotchkes, bags and clothes always seem to burst into our living areas.
What Friends Say: Everyone loves the large open layout, and all the old finishes that we don't have the heart to remove, like the canary yellow enamel kitchen sink, our 60s bathroom tiles, wire glass shower doors, anodized gold mullions, funky bright laminate, and our sunken master shower that has a huge picture window that opens up to hanging vines and bright flowers.
Biggest Embarrassment: The pedestrian looking ceramic tile that dominates much of the downstairs. It's sad that my husband was talked into removing the original 8" x 8" white saltillo that was installed, to replace it with a tract home looking product.
Proudest DIY: The refurbished and rewired a $4 chandelier that hangs over our dining room. When it cam into our lives the patina was practically black, there were no crystals, and it was likely a fire hazard. My husband and I worked together to find vintage crystals, and I boiled the individual arms and pieces that we took apart in vinegar to remove the patina. He masterfully ran brand new wiring through the lamp. Lastly, I hand twisted all the bronze wire to hold the crystals and attach them to the lamp. I know it looks like everyone else's brass chandelier, but to me it looks like our little work of art.
Biggest Indulgence: Our new wooden floors in our master bedroom, stairs and upstairs.
Best Advice: Don't rush into any purchases or remodeling projects. You'll know when the piece is right and the time is right. I think it takes years to acquire a collection of pieces you love, and that have meaning to you. The best ideas evolve over time. Love your home and it will love you back!
Dream Sources: Ligne Roset, 1st Dibs, ABC Carpet & Home, Artemide, Antique Stores in the middle of nowhere
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Dunn Edwards
- Vintage Sectional
- Tropical silk pillows from West Elm
- Vintage mirror from Copper Country in Tucson
- Helen Frankenthaler print
- Agam print
- Curio cabinet from Zinnias in Phoenix
- Rotraut sculpture
- JBL speakers from Phoenix Metro Retro
- Eames rocker from DWR
- Corian countertops
- Vintage Bertoia chairs
- intage tulip table base
- Premium Glass mosaics in Iridescent Ivory
- California Classics hand-carved hardwood engineered flooring in the Pismo Beach color
- Couch & side chair from Crate & Barrel
- Vintage gramophone - gift from husband’s grandparents
- Mercury glass floor lamp from Pottery Barn
- Glass bedside table lamps from Retro Ranch in Phoenix
(Images: Lindsey Nochta)
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