Cameron & Matt's Bright and Chic Modern

Cameron & Matt's Bright and Chic Modern

Beth Zeigler
May 26, 2010

Name: Cameron Saless & Matthew Allard
Location: West Hollywood, California
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: One year

We vividly remember the day when we were forwarded pics of Matt and Cameron's home. We were in the midst of a frenzied loop of Facebook, GoFugYourself and Dlisted, when we immediately stopped what we were doing. Our eyes were drawn to the blend of beautiful modern pieces mixed with playful colors and a cozy touch that can't be beat. Needless to say, we quickly signed up to tour their home.

We're in love with many elements in Matt and Cameron's home, for starters — the living room ceiling. It goes on for miles but they've managed to make the space feel warm and welcoming. The ginormous windows lend a helping hand letting light fill the space and play an equal part in the home decor. And while they have lots of room to play with, Matt excels in creating vignettes full of amazing finds — such as his upstairs office and the area directly underneath the stairs.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style: Cameron and I have different styles. We're constantly training them to be good friends and work together, though. They're learning! He leans toward minimalist/modern, and I guess I'd say my style is more vintage/handmade/bohemian.

Inspiration: A little bit of everything…Found items, pieces with a history or a backstory (even if I don't know it). Color! Objects that are earthy or natural, too, as I always choose wood over metal. Cameron is more inspired by modern, modern and, well, modern. Sleek, polished and simple.   

Favorite Element: The loft/office space overlooking the living room. It's my geeky getaway.

Biggest Challenge: Definitely...each other. Because we enjoy living together, but we also both care a great deal about our space reflecting our personalities. We want to respect each other's tastes — and when it comes to decor, it seems like we're at opposite ends of the spectrum. Merging the two and not creating a big ol' mess has been the biggest challenge. After that, we could both agree that we want it to feel like home, feel cozy. Making a cozy loft, with 20-foot ceilings, is definitely a challenge.

What Friends Say: "You get great light;" "I would kill someone for those ceilings;" and "If you ever need someone to house-sit..."

Biggest Embarrassment: Our patio has not gotten any love. Hopefully we can get creative out there before summer. I think I'm on herb garden round 12. No matter what I do, I kill our plants.

Proudest DIY: Discovering the potential of reupholstering the dining room chairs. Cameron loves those chairs. They're from the '40s and he dug them out of his aunt's garage and had them reworked. They were a great old find and, at the same time, still very modern. The arrangement of the Ian Dingman art mosaic (even though it seems everyone has art walls now) in the upstairs loft makes me really happy, too.

Biggest Indulgence: The Anders media cabinet from Room & Board.

Best advice: "Pick where you spend your money." Everything in your house should not cost top dollar. Splurge on the right items and cut-back on the others. Even on a tight budget, you can make your house look amazing by plunking money into the right, standout pieces.

Dream source: A mutant mix of flea markets, estate sales, Etsy, IKEA, Room & Board and Dwell.


Appliances Thermador (Stove), Sub-Zero (Refrigerator), Kitchen-Aid (Microwave), LG (Washer/Dryer)

FurnitureDesign Within Reach (Sofa), Crate & Barrel (Armchair), Anthropologie (Yellow Armchair), CB2 (Desk), Modernica (Coffee Table/Eames Chair), IKEA (Bookshelves), Room & Board (Anders Media Cabinet), Bruce Marsh (dining table)

Accessories CB2 (Bedding, Throw Pillows), Unison Home (Duvet), ReForm School (Turtle Pillow), IKEA (Vases/Flowerpots), (Air Plant Houses), Option-G Cole Gerst (Skateboard Deck) + other odds and ends from Harbinger, Heath Ceramics, Kelly Green, Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware, Target

Lighting Modernica, IKEA

Paint After checking on the paint colors, turns out Cameron actually had them custom-made from Benjamin Moore Regal with photos from magazines.

Rugs and Carpets H.D. Buttercup rug, FLOR

Beds IKEA, Crate & Barrel

Artwork Ian Dingman, Angela Black, Shepard Fairey, Josef Albers, Iso50, Andy Kehoe, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, homemade canvas art

Thanks, Cameron and Matt!

Images: Beth Zeigler

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