(Welcome to Vanessa De Vargas! Our newest reader (aka: Turquoise) turned blogger, Vanessa is coming on board to write a series of weekly posts, the first of which is "Designer Dissection," in which she'll pull stylish rooms to pieces and unveil any and all secrets. For more info on Vanessa, jump to the bottom*.)
Dining Room View
Location: Beverly Hills
Size: 1100 sq.ft.
Rooms: Living Room/Dining Room
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Living Room View
Living Room Dissection:
Credenza – Blueprint
Chrome Chairs – Vintage/Re-upholstered
Rug – Ikea
Small table – Chiasso
Drapes – Ikea
Lamp - Blueprint
Lounge – Z Gallerie
Vases - Ikea /Jonathan Alder
Mirror – Vintage
Pillows – Ikea /Target
Light fixture – Came with the condo
Stools – Blueprint
My design inspiration for the BH condo came from Minotti, Armani Casa, and Diva. My client, who is a successful bachelor in the jewelry business wanted a sophisticated, sleek, modern home. He wanted a place that he and his friends could settle in before and after they went out. He wanted it to be comfortable and modern, but not sterile and minimal.
We first selected the key pieces for his home which included the sofa, the leather day bed, and the credenza. I then worked off these items to select the paint colors and the rest of the items for the house.
I had a couple drape challenges in designing this home. My client and I hated the wall to wall blinds and decided that drapes would be the best solution. But how in the world was I going to install a ton of drapes without going over budget? And second was how was I going to make this all happen. I decided that we should keep the blinds (to block out the sun) but hide them behind the drapes.
Luckily, Ikea came to my rescue with the RITVA drapes that I could have hemmed. So with some strategic maneuvering from my handyman, we installed the proper hardware after several trips to Anawalt.
*What Vanessa is taking on:
"Each week I will be posting one topic from a selection of three different topics on interior design in and around Los Angeles.
These topics are going to range from interviewing interior designers (Designer: "Profile"), to interviewing design store/showroom owners and their posting pictures of their items (Designer: "Hunt"), to showing examples of my work with a break down of what items were purchased (Designer: "Dissection"), to shopping at your neighborhood Ross or 99cent store and showcasing a slide show of the seriously cool cheap items to buy (Designer: "Hunt")."