Name: RJ and Francis, 2 Dogs, 2 Fish, 1 Tortoise
Location: Miracle Mile — Los Angeles, California
The Basics: Rented for 3 years | 1,250 square feet
RJ and Francis's home is classic L.A. cool. They've managed to blend their styles without (too much) argument and even uncovered a surprise space!
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: When Francis and I first moved in together seven years ago, we lived downtown in a historic loft near Skid Row but close to the pulse of 6th & Spring. After getting married 3 years ago and deep into planning to expand our family (we're in the process of adopting a newborn), we moved to our current location in Miracle Mile which, coincidentally, happens to be less than a mile from where I grew up as a kid. It's a Spanish duplex with private front and back yards.
What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room in the house is the dining room with its tall, curved ceilings, mix of mid-century modern furniture and a ton of natural light. It seems to always end up being the hub of our home. Francis would probably tell you otherwise – I'm 99.9% sure he'd say his favorite room is our front yard which carries hundreds of his favorite plantings and the front porch.
What's the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? We did a switcheroo in our kitchen and removed our refrigerator, which took up quite a bit of space in a corner of the room, and moved it to our laundry room adjacent to the kitchen. When we did that, it revealed the most awesome kitchen nook with room for a banquette, extra dining chairs, and a small round dining table. That upholstered orange/red banquette from West Elm fit perfectly in that corner and is one of my favorite new items we bought for the house. And after installing some wall treatments from Target and a simple drop pendant from IKEA to brighten up the space, we created the comfiest/coziest kitchen nook!
Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? It would have to be a cross between Alex Cole (Casual) and Maura Pfefferman (Transparent) – two characters whose homes are set against the backdrop of Los Angeles. Both homes are light, airy, well-designed, and have a way of bringing the outside in.
RJ's words of advice: Growing up studying and working around design and architecture, more often than not, I found myself preferring "form" over "function." I couldn't help but be a romantic. But after meeting Francis (and after a couple dozen arguments about what piece of furniture should go where), I learned a couple things: 1) sometimes function must take precedence and 2) pick my battles!
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