Adir & Marcello’s Worldly Retreat

published Jan 5, 2012
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Name: Adir Abergel and Marcello Freire
Location: Mar Vista – Los Angeles, California
Size: 1600 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years

Adir and Marcello’s home truly feels like a getaway retreat. The entire living room opens up to a fantastic outdoor area with intimate seating and hot tub. It is no surprise that they love to entertain and often stay at home versus leaving their very inviting house.

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Adir and Marcello’s collection of artwork is incredible. Adir walked me around the house showing off every piece and pointing out the the details that might be missed otherwise. There was a story and personal meaning behind every piece – the collection truly that completes the space and makes the home extra special.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Our style is eclectic and has a sense of worldly culture layered with modern elements.

Inspiration: Bringing art, fabrics/textile, and a mixture of vintage and modern pieces together.

Favorite Element: The art that we live with on a daily basis.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping the 1920’s feel and modernizing it by creating open space. Also, bringing the outside in.

What Friends Say: When friends come over they say how warm and welcoming the house is and that the flow between the outside and inside feels seamless.

Biggest Embarrassment: How messy my office gets. It ends up being like a storage room at times.

Proudest DIY: Our herb garden

Biggest Indulgence: Our Wolfgang Tillmans Peonies – one of a kind piece

Best Advice: Feel at home

Dream Source: Too many places to start naming but here are a few.

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Resources of Note:

All hardware is from Olde Good Things




  • Chandelier is from a 1920’s estate sale
  • Deco lighting in bedroom is from a store on La Brea that only sells lighting
  • The art piece that lights is from Rosha Yaghmai artist who is represented by Thomas Soloman Gallery
  • Office lighting from Wertz Brothers



  • Terra Cotta

Huge collector of rugs from Afghanistan, Morocco, Iran and Oxaca


All custom made with the hardware from a 1920’s estate sale



  • Rosha Yaghmai – installation piece by sofa and eclipse by dining room
  • Wolfgang Tillmans – peonies above sofa
  • Barsh – 1960’s piece above my bed
  • Irina Ionesco – photo of her daughter
  • Mary Kelly – lint art piece
  • Rowan Mersh – fabric artwork
  • Christoph Shmitberger – painting
  • Susan Zukowasky – collage

Desk is from a late 1800’s bowling alley and the feet are from a railroad station.

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Thanks, Adir & Marcello!

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