This West Hollywood Rental’s Exposed Beams and Black Wood Floors Are Sleek and Modern

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Apartment with white walls, black and brown accents - living room

Name: Darien Stokes
Location: West Hollywood, California
Type of home: Apartment/townhouse
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: As a designer, collector, and artist, I was captivated by the unique architectural characteristics of my one-bedroom loft nestled off the bustling streets of West Hollywood, California. The two-story pitched roof with exposed beams, black-painted wood flooring, and stark white walls immediately caught my attention.

I knew I had endless opportunities to bring mood and a sense of mystique into my home by playing with contrast, like a splash of nude paint in the dining room, and by incorporating seasonal florals for life and vibrancy. To create a sense of warmth, I chose natural fiber rugs, bamboo window coverings, and layered textiles and curated antiques throughout each space to provide a sense of wonder as your eye moves. My goal was to establish a gallery inside my residence where my favorite objects could be displayed.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or fewer: Modern, organic, bohemian, collected.

What is your favorite room and why? The dining room — it is an intimate place where I work and also entertain. I’m not a chef so you won’t come over for a multi-course meal, but I have spent countless hours around the dining table sharing wine, snacks, and charcuterie boards with family and friends.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I visit an estate sale, flea market, or antique mall weekly. Last thing I bought was a textured stone hand on a metal plinth. I add a new piece to my home almost every week with the intent of photographing it for my online marketplace, “Curiosities Shop.” Some of my most favorite things I hold onto for a while before offering for sale.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t invest in filler furniture and decor. Collect things you love to adorn your space. A space doesn’t have to be “completed” in a one-stop shop. I’d rather have a sparsely designed home with pieces I love than outfit a space with novelty items I care nothing about.

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