Eclectic Chateau Style in a California “Tree House”

updated Feb 19, 2019

Eclectic Chateau Style in a California “Tree House”

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Mark Shapiro
Location: Venice, California
Years Lived In: 4 years, owned

For podcaster Mark Shapiro, the house hunt was daunting — and long-lasting. It took 12 months of scouring the city for him to find this “tree house” in Venice in 2010. was love at first sight. When Mark opened the front gate to the property, a majestic coral tree immediately caught his eye. Inside, a slanted wood ceiling and tall windows reminded him of the ski chateaus from his childhood. He knew the place was going to be his.

It took nine months of renovations for the house to become his sanctuary, though. But now, tall windows light up the living room with streams of natural light. A textured red brick wall in the entryway is juxtaposed against clean white walls and beautiful wood floors.

In the cozy family room, Mark records his podcast The One and Only Podcast. The backdrop in the family room is a wall of posters him and his friend (and artist) Matthew Schildkret created on a whim one afternoon…thanks to The Art of Rock Book and a trip to Blick art supply store. The creativity flows from this spot out throughout the house. It’s seen in everything from the artwork to found objects and gifts from long time friends. Mark has created a space with good creative vibes.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Venice Mid-Century Eclectic Chateau

Inspiration: Whatever catches my eye.

Favorite Element: The heart I put into every detail.

Biggest Challenge: Up-keep and that I’m never done decorating.

What Friends Say: Good creative energy.

Biggest Embarrassment: A Studio 54 Dirty Disco Party in November 2014.

Proudest DIY: Wall of posters

Biggest Indulgence: Functional items such a microphones/DJ set-up.

Best Advice: Have fun with it!

Dream Sources: Hmmm. More amazing contemporary/abstract art


Coffee Table — Rose Bowl Flea Market
Morrocan Rug —
Disco Ball — Venice thrift store
Grey Couch — HD Buttercup
Elephant — made out of recycled sandals by Ocean Sole
Bench — HD Buttercup
Gas Stove — Jotul
“Love” sign — Venice Antique store

Brown leather chair — HD Buttercup
Brown leather Trunk — HD Buttercup
Tiger art — Rose Bowl Flea Market
Book case — custom built by Funn Roberts
Lego Piece — commissioned by Adam Ward
Armor mask — Rose Bowl Flea Market

Table — HD Buttercup
Chairs — Came with the house from the previous owner
Flourescentie Artwork — commissioned by artist Crystal Fischetti

Colored glass — from multiple different flea markets
Tea kettle —
Art — won at art auction

Sun art piece — Matthew Schildkret
Brain piece — Shplinton
Abstract Art — Crystal Fischetti
Closet Artwork — Allison Kunath

Art Piece — Matthew Schilkredt
Ganesha Statue — former roomate left it behind
Art Piece — Mark Shapiro
Mirrored Dresser — Z Gallerie

Custom cabinetry

Thanks, Mark!

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