Name: Lori Dennis
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: Recently renovated
We're taking a bit of a de-tour today from our usual type of house tour we present. A little while ago we were invited to a loft party celebrating the opening of the Lofts at Cherokee Studios, which was notable for two things: 1) the lofts were being decorated in musician themed decor (honouring the building's musical history, being a site where the likes of Sinatra and Bowie recorded), and more importantly, 2) the lofts were advertised as the "healthiest and most environmentally friendly loft building in California", as the first and only seeking LEED Platinum Certification loft building. It's a little country and a little rock 'n roll in that regard. Don't let the initial impression fool you, there's plenty eyebrow raising details below!
My/Our style: Colorful, bold, modern and sustainable.
Inspiration: The showcase loft was inspired by the music and stage show of Alice Cooper and a great respect for things that are eco friendly: used, vintage, reclaimed, recycled
Favorite Element: scraps of faux leather and nail stud snake that slithers across an entire wall.
Biggest Challenge: installing a 3,000 pound stone mantel before we had any stairs.
What Friends Say:
Biggest Embarrassment: Coming out of the port-o-potty (toliets weren't working yet) at the opening party with two bottles of wine and getting caught on camera!
Proudest DIY: We love our rock and roll bondage room with vintage velvet paintings.
Biggest Indulgence: Francois and Co. Mantel
Best advice: When going modern in the kitchen, use European cabinetry because they have a much higher standard for VOC emissions.
Dream source: Alice Cooper's show and vampire movies.
Appliances: Energy Star refrigerators and dishwashers by Bosch; variable refrigerant flow heating and AC by Mitsubishi, tankless water heaters by Noritz.
Furniture: Cisco Brothers (bed, loft poofs and living room chairs), Bausman and Company (living room bench), Diamond Foam and Fabric (snake and padded wall), Heritage Draperies (bedroom window treatment), Mike Ragan's Rags (bedroom padded wall), Retropia (all funky vintage pieces),
Accessories: Retropia (vintage items), Pleasure Chest (bondage decoration), Crate and Barrel (living room tray), Dennis Design Group (cocktail table), Target (bedding) and Alice Cooper's personal items and show props
Lighting: Lots of compact flourescent recessed and vintage accessory lighitng from Retropia (table lamps and chandelier hanging above records) and chandeliers by Cisco Brothers (bathroom, bedroom)
Paint: zero VOC paints by AFM Safecoat
Flooring: Floors are Forest Stewardship Council certified (FSC) but no brand name
Rugs and Carpets: Patch work recyceld quilt rug by Cisco Brothers
Window: Treatments Heritage Drapery
Beds: Cisco Brothers, Bedding by Target
Artwork: Brook Casey, photo collage is actual photos from Alice Cooper tours
- Environmentally Friendly Materials
- Reclaimed Black Forest Walnut from Studio One reused
- Recycled tile by Erin Adams Design and Walker Zanger
- High recycled content and locally produced products
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified oak flooring, cabinets, and structural wood
- Blown in cellulose insulation is 98% recycled
Water Efficiency/ Other Green Features:
- Dual flush Toto Aquia II toilets
- Water efficient Hans Grohe fixtures
- Reduced stormwater runoff through first-ever groundbreaking under-sidewalk infiltration system
- Reduced landfill waste by over 75%
- Low-water, drought resistant landscaping
- Excavation and Demo Completed with Biodiesel
- Extensive bike storage
- Walkable neighborhood scores “Walker’s Paradise” (94 out of 100) on walkscore.com
- Non-toxic treatment on all structural wood resists termites and mold
Photos by Lori Dennis, ASID, LEED AP Dennis Design Group designing the Alice Cooper Loft at Cherokee Recording Studios
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