Samer’s 1930’s Streamline Moderne Apartment

published Sep 14, 2011
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Name: Samer Fawaz
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 1100 square feet
Years lived in: 1 1/2 years

When you walk into Samer’s home you sense you are someplace special; someplace that has an interesting history. The building was originally built for actor Jack Haley, aka the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz.” Over the years it was home to many models, rock stars and writers. In the summer of 1960, the penthouse had its most notable resident – Senator John F. Kennedy. It was in Samer’s building that the senator found out that the Democratic delegates nominated him as the candidate for presidency.

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Samer immediately fell in love with the apartment after seeing its amazing windows. “I entertain a lot and love eating at a circular table. I knew my table would fit right into the space the moment I walked in.” When it came to deciding where to place the dining room table, Samer made an unexpected choice. Instead of having the dining room right off the kitchen, he decided to set up the table on the opposite side of the apartment. He made the room off the kitchen a lounge area for guests to congregate while he is cooking in the kitchen.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Mid-Century with a little Moroccan mixed in

Inspiration: Anything I find that fall in love with, basically – I am drawn to Mid-Century furniture, beautiful metals, wood, etc.

Favorite Element: My big windows

Biggest Challenge: Not having the TV be the central focus of the living space

What Friends Say: They love how much light comes in. I throw a lot of dinner parties and people love the dining room.

Biggest Embarrassment: My balcony needs help, but my boyfriend is helping me with that

Proudest DIY: My collage of images above my bed, the lighting in the kitchen, and the TV situation in the breakfast nook

Biggest Indulgence: The half circle couch in the breakfast nook – I had it made special for the room

Best Advice: To put the TV in the breakfast nook and make the living room not revolve around the TV. Best advice ever.

Dream Source: Lawson Fenning, 1stdibs, The Rug Company, Emerson Troop, Orange

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I’m obsessed with Moroccan Rugs right now. I have a beni ourain rug, a kilm, and a ber ber rug I got from my trip to Marakesh last year


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Thanks Samer!

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