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Name: Derek
Location:Los Feliz, CA
Years lived in: 6 years

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We hope you like colour, kitsch and Midcentury design, because we have all three in abundant amount with our house tour coming by way of Los Feliz. Overlooking the beautiful St. George Reservoir, Derek’s modest 2-bedroom apartment, with it’s wood shingle clad exterior, hides a wealth of unexpected colour and collectibles within. Just his living room was almost enough to keep us busy with questions and photo subjects during our visit. And when we weren’t admiring his vintage collection of soda pop cans, atomic ranch furnishings or humorous artwork, we were just having fun watching his two friendly felines put on an amusing show for us befitting the playful backdrop…

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Derek’s style: Atomic Danish Kitsch

Inspiration for my home: Matt Helm (fictional U.S. government counteragent) on a budget.

Favorite Element: The living room, where I can sit and enjoy the artwork I’ve found, framed and displayed.

Biggest Challenge In Designing My Home: Trying to hide the fact the carpet looks like it threw up on the walls!

Biggest Embarrassment: The carpeting.

Proudest DIY: All the reframing I DID MYSELF on my art wall.

Biggest Indulgence: The long rectangular red-orange swirl painting which I almost had to sell myself to buy it. I’ve had it a while, but it was worth more in the 90’s.

Best Advice Given or Received: Take it way too far then pull back one notch!

Dream Source: 1965 Blue Chip Stamp Store


Appliances: A mix of vintage and modern, with a fondness for anything avocado green.

Furniture: Mix of danish and atomic from various sources.

Accessories: Mix of high and low end, whatever catches my eye.

Lighting: Love those pole lamps!

Paint: Mocha

Flooring: ugly beige carpet

Rugs and Carpets: One throw rug from Clover in the bedroom

Tiles and Stone: Original pink tile in the bathroom

Window Treatments: original to the apartment.

Bed: retro platform from Futurama

Artwork: ALL VINTAGE, mix of oil, seragraphs and metal sculptures.

Other: 60’s bar is actually my design, it looks old, but it is all new. The bar is the only thing in the living room not vintage (besides my cats).

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