Harold Pell, an over-the-top San Diego interior designer with a reputation to match, has a knack for incorporating unusual elements into his design schemes. How unusual exactly? Try area rugs made from recycled Barbie hair and crocodile-inspired tiles. Luckily, Brett Schaffter and his partner, Robert DeMars, knew just what they were getting into when they selected Pell to breathe life into their new downtown condo.
The pair had chosen two adjoining units in the Electra building partly because they were already attached to the downtown area, but mostly because their views of the Pacific Ocean, Point Loma, and Coronado were to die for. Pell’s job was to capitalize on the magnificent views by creating a bold design perfect for both entertaining and lounging.
Expansive windows in the living and dining room offer up a breathtaking backdrop of the city and glimpses of the water beyond. The faux-crocodile tiles bring both spaces together, while the bright green of the gaming-turned-dining table lends a touch of contrast to the somewhat neutral color palette of the sitting area.
Bringing a hint of drama to the adjoining lounge, Pell upholstered the walls with panels of chocolate silk shantung. Swanky doesn’t even begin to describe it.
In the master bedroom, the custom-built “Temple of Diana” bed easily takes center-stage. Upholstered with raw silk and carved from walnut and granite, it took 13 tradesmen to complete the bed from start to finish.
Across from the bed sits a two-person whirlpool and air-jet tub. A collection of candles make the addition seem like a decorative statement more than an unexpected bathroom fixture.
Despite the couple’s initial trepidation in turning over their home to Pell, their leap of faith paid off in the end. After all, who could be unhappy in a place with such spectacular views?