Before & After: A Dingy Apartment Gets Some L.A. Style

published Feb 17, 2015
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(Image credit: Patrick Cain)

Los Angeles-based designer Patrick Cain sent us these photos of a dingy, neglected South Central apartment that he transformed into a stylish home. Patrick upgraded nearly everything about the apartment, with the goal of creating a look that was equal parts industrial and midcentury, with a little bit of L.A. style in the mix.

Patrick owns a fourplex, near USC, that’s over 100 years old. After remodeling his own apartment, he decided to make one of the units in the fourplex, which was coming up for rental, into his next project.

The new kitchen (Image credit: Patrick Cain)
From the kitchen (Image credit: Patrick Cain)
(Image credit: Patrick Cain)

Post-renovation, the unit has a completely new look, thanks to lots of new finishes, and also Patrick’s decision to open up the kitchen to the living room. The new concrete flooring helps to brighten the space, and imparts an industrial-chic feel. The industrial elements of the space in turn are balanced by lots of warm woods. The tables are all from Patrick’s furniture line.

Renovation Inspiration: 10 Kitchen Before & Afters
(Image credit: Patrick Cain)

The new bathroom’s airy simplicity gets a little dose of personality from some rustic cabinetry.

(Image credit: Patrick Cain)
(Image credit: Patrick Cain)
(Image credit: Patrick Cain)

The concrete floor carries into the study, while in the bedrooms, a dark, distressed wood floor helps to ground the space.

Thanks for sharing, Patrick! Readers, you can see more of Patrick’s work on his website.

Re-edited from a post originally published 2.17.15-NT