Nick & RJ's Eclectic Glam Studio City Home

Nick & RJ's Eclectic Glam Studio City Home

Bethany Nauert
Nov 14, 2011

Name: RJ Durell and Nick Florez
Location: Studio City — Los Angeles, California
Size: 3 Bedrooms + 2 Baths
Years lived in: 8 Years — Own

Nick and RJ live on a quiet block in a lovely residential neighborhood where they have designed a stylish home. Complete with luscious front and backyard landscaping, this small home offers the best of indoor and outdoor living. After eight years of living in their cozy home, they still love it just as much as when they first moved in.

My dear friends Michael Crispen and John Donaldson have introduced me again to a wonderful couple with a wonderful home. John provided some custom window treatments and Michael helped design several elements of the various rooms. Nick and RJ are both dancer/choreographers here in LA, and have collaborated with some of Hollywood's most recognizable talents.

This is a home that exudes eclectic elegance. Each room has a charismatic sense of warmth and style. For Nick and RJ, "luxury and aesthetic" were the most essential elements of designing their home. Although they've included designer pieces and custom designs, Nick confessed that the most significant thing in the house was the "original artwork by my sister Sandra Florez".

The most charming aspect of this house, for me, was seeing all the doors from bedrooms, the hallways and the dining room, all open to the backyard and outside dining space. This is a common feature in many Southern California homes that never goes unappreciated. Taking full advantage of the space, sunshine and private backyard Nick and RJ explain that "LA is cosmopolitan and also has a beautiful nature aspect as well. Our home mirrors that in the little hints of glam with the beauty of trees, plants, and flowers surrounding us from all sides."

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Inspiration: Hollywood glam/eclectic/anything chic!

Favorite Element: Indoor/outdoor living

Biggest Challenge: Staining floors twice to get the color right

What Friends Say: "I wanna live here!"

Biggest Embarrassment: Having 4 front doors

Proudest DIY: Installing dining room chandelier and planting succulent garden

Biggest Indulgence: Carrera marble countertops in kitchen and silk window treatments

Best Advice: "Take your time"

Dream Sources: Milan, darling!

Resources of Note:


    • All paint Benjamin Moore
    • Living Room & Hallway: Smoke Embers
    • Office: Rocky Mountains
    • Master Bedroom: Kendall Charcoal


    • Sectional sofa by Interior Illusions
    • White lacquer console by Weego Home
    • Vintage Hollywood Regency Blanc de Chine lamps
    • Painting by Sandra Florez @
    • Silk Curtains by Silk Trading Company
    • White candlesticks by B&B Italia
    • Murano glass objects by Michael Crispen's 20th Century Object
    • Pillows by Habitè


    • Painting by Sandra Florez @
    • Vintage Brass Rams head table
    • Vintage Hollywood Regency Dining Chairs by Michael Crispen's 20th Century Object
    • Vintage White Porcelain Chandelier


    • Carrera marble top counters
    • Oven and stovetop by Thermador
    • Teapot by Le Creuset
    • Knives by J A Henkles
    • Whale pitcher by Jonathan Adler


    • Hotel Bedding by Williams Sonoma Home
    • Plates by Hermes
    • Bedside table and trunks by Interior Illusions
    • Faux Fur throw by Bluehaus
    • Bedside ottoman by William Sonoma Home
    • Bedside vase by Jonathan Adler
    • Murano glass objects by Michael Crispen's 20th Century Object


    • Mirror by Restoration Hardware
    • Rugs and Towels by Hotel Collection


    • Antique leather-top desk
    • Custom window treatments designed by John Donaldson
    • Lamp & Mirror by Weego Home
    • Nude Drawing by Sandra Florez @
    • Vintage Acrylic console by Michael Crispen's 20th Century Object
    • Blue leather briefcase by Prada
    • White speaker by Apple

Thanks, Nick and RJ!

Images: Bethany Nauert

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