A Minimal California Home Features All Your Modern Furniture Design Crushes

A Minimal California Home Features All Your Modern Furniture Design Crushes

Marisa Vitale
Jun 28, 2018

Name: Alle Fister and Don Popkes
Location: Playa Del Rey, California
Size: 4,500 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years, owned

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

Chandelier: Cappellini.it/en
Dining Table: Wooden Imagination
Vases on Table: Donna Karan
Dining Chairs: Bo Concept
Sideboard: Ligne Roset
Candles on Sideboard: Fornasetti

Kitchen Table: Bo Concept
Kitchen Chairs: Bo Concept
Salt & Pepper Shakers: Jonathan Adler

Cookbook: The Silver Spoon Cookbook
Silver Bowl (with corks): Nambe
Candles on Counter: Fornasetti

Ping Pong Table: One Tuscany
Chairs: Ligne Roset
Side Table: Ligne Roset
Grey Couches: Ligne Roset
Bookshelf: Environment
Rug: Ligne Roset

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
Bedding: Frette
Side Table: CB2
Mirror: Philippe Starck
Couch: Minotti
Pillow: Jonathan Adler
Blanket: Missoni Home
Rug: Missoni Home
Outdoor Chairs: Ligne Roset
Outdoor Pillows: MissoniHome

Couch: Roche Bobois Collaboration with Missoni Home
Tables: Roche Bobois
Neon Sign: Custom
Pool Table: Golden West
Art: Don Popkes
Peacock Chair: DIVA design
Claw Table: B&B Italia

Thanks, Alle and Don!

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