Charlotte and Steve's home has a wonderful handmade and personal aesthetic. The nostalgia of Steve's mother's crocheted blankets is juxtaposed with his contemporary Pacific Wonderland macrame chairs and stools. There's a sense of welcome and comfort that extends even to the home's smallest inhabitants — Charlotte and Steve made their cats feel right at home by building them multi-level sitting ledges in the living room.
Searching for a new home, Charlotte and Steve lucked out when they found out this house that came with an apartment in the back. Since they both have their own businesses, it worked out perfectly to have a separate studio for them to divide up their at-home work spaces. Charlotte took over the interior of the apartment, and Steve uses the back apartment garage as his workroom.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Bright, functional, and relaxed!
Inspiration: Inspiration always comes from Steve's work. His paintings are always the centerpieces of the rooms. When he's trying out new ideas with his furniture, we like to bring them inside and test the pieces out too, so our setting is constantly changing. Oh... and his collection of crocheted blankets from his mom! Bright, cozy, and nostalgic!
Favorite Element: The outdoor space. When we get home, we close the gates and feel like we're hiding away. We are lucky to have a garden, and we are always outside during the day working on projects and crafting.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was not being an interior designer. I don't have that eye, you know? I get really overwhelmed and overthink everything, to the point of total paralysis. Steve, on the other hand, will just go pick something out on a whim and it will look great. Steve is really the one who put this all together and made everything homey and fun! When we first met I was living in an apartment that had one couch, a bed on the floor, and a kitchen table; he never lets me live that down!
What Friends Say: Everyone, and I mean everyone, who walks into our house comments on our fridge. It has a glass front, but because it is for commercial use, it is not as expensive as similar models meant for the residential use. Plus it has huge capacity for, say, putting two cases of beer in the bottom and/or giant platters of food for parties.
Biggest Embarrassment: Our ceiling is falling in — no joke. We have a sway back roof because some of the structure was taken out for aesthetics (I swear we didn't do it). It's structurally sound, but occasionally an insulation panel will threaten to fall from the vaulted ceiling! My mom bought us this amazing Artemis fan that detracts from our not so attractive roof.
Proudest DIY: The renovation Steve did in the back apartment washroom! We were having all these friends and family stay over and the bathroom was not great. So he went crazy one weekend and completely redid the whole thing and now it's a joy! Oh oh... and Steve built these storage lockers under the staircase in the back building that are awesome. It cleaned up the space and added a ton of storage... all for shoes.
Biggest Indulgence: Our giant king sized organic foam mattress that just barely fits in our bedroom! We don't even have room for a proper bed frame, so it just sits on this cheap platform. But... who cares when sleep is that luxurious!
Best Advice: Before we bought our house, we spent a lot of time with our friends who had this amazing outdoor space with a tent cover and old furniture and tables. We always spent so much time out there, it was absolutely perfect. So when we got this place we tried to recreate it! Our space is officially known as the Palapa Non-Stoppa and is our gathering space for work meetings, cocktail hour and lounging (sometimes all three of those things at the same time). So my advice is "Don't forget the great outdoors!" Living in the best weather means you can double the size of your living space by moving some outside. Go to Potted Store in Atwater Village for the coolest outdoor decor.
Dream Sources: Oh man, I want an outdoor pizza/bread oven so bad. I'm always on Forno Bravo's website drooling over their ovens, or I dream of making one myself!! In my dream home, I have the most badass kitchen ever with all the professional grade appliances and double ovens for baking from Viking. And I've had the Togo sofa from Ligne Roset on my wish list since I started paying attention in the early 90s.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- It's all white - sorry!
- Bronze acorn from Ramsey Conder
- Palapa lounge chair from Pacific Wonderland
- God's Eye Table from Pacific Wonderland
- Custom sofa from Sofa U Love
- Side tables from Pacific Wonderland
- Light fixture by Jorge Pardo Sculpture
- Artemis fan from Minka
- Vintage table from home in Canada, nothing else to report
- Frigidaire commercial series fridge
- Wolfgang flour mill from Pleasant Hill Grain
- Chilewich floor mat from Sumi's
- Bicio cat dishes from United Pets
- Wall hanging rug from Kneeland Co. Mercado
- Palapa lounge chairs in leather from Pacific Wonderland
- Gods eye stools from Pacific Wonderland
- Sheepskin rugs from DWR
- Bed mattress from the Organic Mattress Store
Thanks, Charlotte & Steve!
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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