Dante’s Charming Spanish Flat

published Apr 13, 2011
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Name: Dante McCarthy, her husband Johannes Brugger, and their son Amedeo
Location: West Hollywood — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,900 square feet — 3 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms
Years lived in: 1½ — rent

Dante McCarthy, owner of Cloud Noir furniture and artist gallery, shares a lovely 3 bedroom flat with her husband and son. Their home is the top floor of a Spanish building with colorful tiling, hardwood floors and old stained glass windows. Decorated with Dante’s wooden tables and vintage collectables, their home reserves a rustic California charm. Finding artwork to accent her home was easy as she drew right from her father Patrick’s collection.

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This home overlooks a beautiful domestic neighborhood right off 3rd street, and previously belonged to Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots. When Dante and her husband moved in they wanted to embrace all the natural light and the wide space, yet also wanted to keep it clutter free and tidy. There are some classic Spanish architectural elements that still remain in the building — such as traditional breakfast nook with built in cabinetry, arched door ways and colorful hand painted tiles. I really admire that they were able to retain the original charm and accentuate the organic dark hard wood floors with Dante’s hand made furniture.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: dramatic minimal

Inspiration: artist’s lofts, almost anything French or Italian, farmhouses, Spanish-style homes in LA

Favorite Element: every new painting I bring home, the restored 1920’s fixtures and tiles, Amedeo’s room

Biggest Challenge: I love white linens but I have a three year old. I had to get good at bleaching.

What Friends Say: they like the art and it’s always tidy

Biggest Embarrassment: I don’t love the micro fiber couch but it’s so easy to keep clean.

Proudest DIY: I designed and stained most of the wood furniture.

Biggest Indulgence: roseville pottery

Best Advice: You should be able to see a personality behind the design. Don’t run out and buy tons of things before you try getting rid of the pieces that don’t work, and then rearranging the good stuff. Build a room around the art not the art around the room. You’ll never please everyone with your style

Dream Sources: Paris flea markets, eccola, vintage weave, mortise and tenon, candelirium

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Resources of Note:


    • coffee table, rolling cart, console, glass vase, paintings by Patrick McCarthy: Cloud Noir
    • sofa, pillows: Crate & Barrel
    • green chair: World Market
    • mirrors: flea market


    • Desk, paintings: Cloud Noir
    • Chairs: Flea Market


    • Table, benches, chairs, rolling cart, paintings: Cloud Noir
    • Artwork by Patrick McCarthy: Cloud Noir



    • Bed and paintings: Cloud Noir
    • Chairs, table, vintage pieces: Rose Bowl Flea Market


    • Headboard, nightstand: Flea market
    • Artwork by Patrick McCarthy: Cloud Noir
    • Pillows: Restoration Hardware


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Thanks, Dante!

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