Robert’s Supremely Cool Craftsman

published Aug 31, 2014
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Name: Robert Fleming
Location: Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California
Size: 1700 square feet, 3 bedroom
Years lived in: 5 years; owned

Musician Robert Fleming’s Los Angeles home is nestled in the hills of Silver Lake and is a great representation of the danceworthy indie-pop music he plays with his band Sneakout. Fun patterns and and a mixture of sleek modern and vintage elements stand out against moody backdrops of dark grays, forest greens, and navy blues. It’s the home your teenage self envisioned you’d have as an adult, complete with a secret backyard clubhouse.

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With the help of House of Honey and LIFE. STYLE., Robert has created a relaxed vibe that strikes the perfect balance between polished and comfortable. The living room features warm, neutral furniture that contrasts brilliantly with dark, cool walls and the occasional pop of vibrant color. It feels pristine and posh with just enough softness to make you want to take a load off on his mid-century modern couch.

Robert loves to have friends over, so each room is centered around engaging guests and making them feel at home. One room houses his vinyl collection, another a bed and reading nook, and another a wall of guitars, ripe for picking. The consistent use of open space makes the whole house feel like a blank canvas for a gathering of friends or an impromptu jam session.

What I like best about Robert’s home are the personal elements hidden in the details. Whether it’s a neatly framed tour poster from one of his favorite bands, or a wall of scattered snapshots, guests can get a real sense of who Robert is while ogling his style. Touring Robert’s home is sure to make you want to stop by, spin some vinyl, and chat about music over one of his famous homemade almond milk lattes.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Mid-Century Modern Man-Cave

Inspiration: Helmut Newton, 60’s garage-rock and the Jetsons.

Favorite Element: The wallpaper in my dining room. You either really love it or you really hate it. I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like it.

Biggest Challenge: The kitchen remodel was absolutely necessary. The original kitchen (built in 1927) was about a third the size and nearly impossible to cook in. It was a complete gut-job and I put it off for as long as I could stand, but eventually ordering take-out every night started to take a toll on my wallet. It took 3 times as long as it was supposed to and cost almost twice as much, but in the end I have a way better kitchen than I could’ve ever imagined.

What Friends Say: “Are you sure you don’t want a roommate?” or “Thanks for letting me crash here again” or “Can I shoot my film here?” or “How are you not married yet?”

Biggest Embarrassment: I have one of those closets that I open and everything falls out on top of me. Also, a family of wild raccoons constantly terrorizes me in my backyard.

Proudest DIY: The secret backyard clubhouse is my proudest DIY moment. This is the only part of the house that I can take complete credit for (with the help of a trusty drinking pal). I had an empty shed in the backyard that was used to store a lawnmower and some rusty gardening supplies, but I knew it had potential. With a few coats of paint, some reclaimed wood, a dartboard and lots of booze this became my favorite bar in Los Angeles.

Biggest Indulgence: The hot tub. This is where I take shelter from the brutal Los Angeles winters.

Best Advice: Do ALL the work you can before you move in. Take out a loan or sell your children if you have to. It’s definitely worth it.

Dream Sources: David Bowie’s garage sale.

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Resources of Note:


  • All painting done by House of Honey

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    • Dining table and rug: Room & Board
    • Credenza: Lawson-Fenning
    • Candle holders, chandelier, wallpaper: House of Honey




    • Complete remodel by LIFE.STYLE.
    • Vanity mirror and lights: Restoration Hardware

    Thanks, Robert!

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