Alle Fister—owner of Bollare, a communications firm that works with well-known beauty and fashion brands—met Don Popkes 10 years ago. Six and a half years ago the couple got married and bought this house, their first home and a total fixer upper. "While I was taking the lead on planning our wedding, Don was taking the lead on taking our home down to the studs and giving it a completely fresh, dream home style!" reports Alle.
In the 1960s, the house was owned by Caroll Shelby, a race car driver-turned automotive designer. But while it was obvious the home once had style, when Alle and Don purchased it, it needed a lot of work. They describe the house as having "great mid-century modern bones, but had totally lost its way with owners making odd design choices over the years!"
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Modern and minimal meets FUN and colorful.
Inspiration: Natural light and nature.
Favorite Element: The windows and view.
Biggest Challenge: Keeping negative space—we love the openness of our home… but also love collecting cool pieces or art and furniture from our vast travels.
What Friends Say: "Can Don please design my home!?"
Biggest Embarrassment: My closet. Owning a fashion consulting business everyone wants to see my closet… and it is always just a little too crammed!
Proudest DIY: A painting inside our entry that Don painted.
Biggest Indulgence: Our Missoni Mah Jong from Roche Bobois.
Best Advice: Keep our walls and floors neutral and let fun accessories be those pops of color and texture that you can change with the season.
Dream Sources: World travel!
Light in the Entrance — Cappellini.it/en
SECOND FLOOR LIVING ROOM
Black Chair: Vintage & Modern
Brown Chairs: Vintage chairs found in Palm Springs
Coasters by Fireplace: Samantha Wills
Triptych Photographs: Mike Rosenthal
Rug: Imported from Morocco
Couch: Ligne Roset
Ottoman: Ligne Roset
Wall Art: Ligne Roset "Clouds"
Speakers: Marshall Speakers
Red Console: IN-EX
Black Outdoor Furniture: Ligne Roset
Outdoor White Chairs: Ligne Roset
Planters: Rolling Greens
Headboard: Wooden Imagination
Bed: Near LA office: Hastens
Side Table: CB2
Mirror: Philippe Starck
Pillow: Jonathan Adler
Blanket: Missoni Home
Rug: Missoni Home
Outdoor Chairs: Ligne Roset
Outdoor Pillows: MissoniHome