Name: Drew Vuong
Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California
Size: 600 square feet
Years live in: 7 years, renting
With the constant sunny Los Angeles weather, Drew Vuong wanted to incorporate his love of outdoors and patio living in the inside of his home. He has created a great space for entertaining, leisure, and displaying his favorite artwork both personal and collected. He believes the most essential part of designing a home is to "fill it with friends and sort the rest out with time."
What I love most about Drew's cozy spacious home is that there is so much to look at. He really has created a way for you to get to know him just by enjoying the environment. One of my favorite elements is that he has a park picnic table indoors that is inscribed by his friends from over the years. I also really love his creative use of space in the bedroom with the open-facing storage shelving.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Summer Camp Supper Club. I am either entertaining with a dinner party or deep into a forgotten project.
Inspiration: Textile art, contemporary art and road trips.
Favorite Element: My indoor picnic table. It's the heart of the house, where my friends gather and where my friends have left a literal mark. It's a communal work in progress.
Biggest Challenge: Making a cohesive space while giving each room its own feel. Biggest room challenge was the small kitchen. I have learned to embrace it being small despite cooking a lot. I have organized the kitchen for how I can constantly use it. Besides, I now have a bigger dining room, a patio, front yard, parking and a backyard — all great for entertaining. So it was great trade-off.
What Friends Say: "Drew, you're so classy!" They may actually mean "You have too many delicate glass objects in your home."
Biggest Embarrassment: I really hate the tile in my kitchen. But it's nothing a runner can't take care of.
Proudest DIY: The air plant terrarium chandelier. It was the first project I completed for the apartment and still love it.
Biggest Indulgence: Framing the large artwork in the bedroom. Totally worth it!
Best Advice: Be friends with a pushy decorator (Hi Leslie!) who has lots of great ideas and a few good hand-me-downs; also get some free art from your little niece or nephew.
Dream Sources: Lawson Fenning, Amsterdam Modern and flea markets from all over the world. And maybe a real work studio space for more DIY projects because God knows I need more pending projects in my life.
PAINT & COLORS
Living room — Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cloud
Dining Room — Benjamin Moore Waynesboro Taupe
Kitchen — Rustoleum chalkboard Green Finish
Kitchen countertop — Rustoleum enamel Gloss Black & Safecoat Acrylic Satin
Bedroom — Benjamin Moore Jojoba
Bathroom — Benjamin Moore Solitude
Blue Doors — Benjamin Moore Twilight Blue
Gossip table — vintage
Graphic artwork by Erin Garcia — Ace Hotel
Woven textile frame — myself from how-to weave night class
Indonesian shadow puppet — gift from friend
Table lamp — vintage
Ceiling lamp — lamp-vintage, medallion-Home Depot
Bamboo blinds — Overstock
Coffee table — vintage
Rug — Overstock
Sectionals — West Elm
Sofa pillows — CB2
Magazine rack — vintage
Record player — vintage
Fire screen — gift from pushy decorator friend
AV cart — vintage
Collage of wall art — random
Roadrunner clock — arts & craft project with niece
Picnic table — Home Depot
Runner — CB2
Side chairs — vintage
Silk drapes — Z Gallerie
Mirror — vintage
China cabinet — Sunset Bazaar
Sconces — Cost Plus
Chandelier — DIY, lamp-Lowes, feather glass ornament-Roost, terrarium-West Elm,
Air plants — Sunset Nursery, medallion & fishing wire-Home Depot
Rug — Overstock
Crystal door knobs — Pushka Home (Etsy)
Illustrated portraits — niece
Glassware set with ice bucket — vintage
Pot rack, knife rack, and spice rack — IKEA
Runner — IKEA
Bamboo blinds — IKEA
Faucet — IKEA
Cabinet pulls — Forge Hardware Studio (Etsy)
Nautical lamp — Vintage Memento (Etsy)
Built-in closet/desk — Home Depot
Desk chair — vintage
Desk lamp — IKEA
Watercolor art — vintage
Headboard — DIY
Bed — DIY
Pillows — CB2
Sheets and blankets — Target
Duvet — West Elm
Bedside lamps — Cost Plus
Nightstands — vintage
Trunk — vintage
Dresser — hand-me-down
Mirror — vintage
Dresser lamp — Polymorphics (Etsy)
Curio cabinet — Sunset Bazaar
Large artwork by Louise Bonnet — hand-me-down, framed by Art Mechanics
Accessories — Bed, Bath & Beyond
Mirrors, cabinet, hooks, & curtain — IKEA
Ceiling lamp — Lowes
Art — random friends