Designer Cisco Pinedo of Los Angeles has an obvious appreciation for meaningful decorative touches—but that doesn’t mean he goes overboard. Instead, he attempts to create simple designs that draw the eye to each room’s most important elements. Here are some tips to help you follow his lead:
#1 - Edit Your Design
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If living a short jaunt from sunny SoCal beaches has always been number-one on your bucket list, you may not have to wait until you make your first million. But yes, there is a downside: you’ll have to be comfortable living in an apartment the size of a postage stamp. How small exactly? Try 350 square feet.
Timm Freeman, along with the 165 other residents currently living at the Olympic Studios in Santa Monica, has decided that living space doesn’t mean much when you’re only a block away from the beach. Sure he pays $1,110 a month for his cramped quarters, but you won’t catch him complaining.
Approximately the size of an RV, Timm’s apartment combines his TV nook, kitchen and desk all into one area. A small staircase brings him up to a loft-like bedroom area with room for a double bed and a closet. Since moving in, he has learned to use items once contained in a closet as artwork on the walls instead, (i.e. his guitars). ...read full post →
Despite the less-than-creative style of their cookie-cutter home just outside Los Angeles, Ann and Chris were able to use some unique pieces to set their home apart from the masses. The end result is a retro design turned modern and an overall playful feel.
The three-story condo sits at a comfortable 1,480 square feet and gets a fair amount of natural light. A downstairs seating area provides ample seating space for guests in a stylish yet clutter-free set-up.
While the couple steers clear of DIY projects, they do glean much of their inspiration from decorating magazines of every kind. They also have a soft spot for pieces from the 1950s, thus the retro feel. ...read full post →
With a small West Hollywood apartment and over-cramped furniture and accessories, Matthew Shallenberger and Deb Knox make it a habit to constantly redecorate. And despite their less-than-stellar square footage, they’ve managed to make cohabitation possible without skimping on functionality.
After the couple added two dogs into the mix, it became even more important to separate their living area into unique spaces. Part of this meant foregoing a dining room table in order to create a workspace for both of them, as well as using carefully chosen light fixtures to highlight the different areas. ...read full post →
Having a breakfast nook and casual dining room seemed all but impossible in this galley-sized kitchen. But instead of ripping out walls and starting from scratch, designer John Jennings and landscape architect Sasha Tarnopolsky cooked up a hearty serving of design ingenuity to make it work.
The most significant change for the kitchen is the installation of a glass Dutch door front-and-center on the back wall. This opens the space drastically to the backyard and allows a ton of natural light to make the room appear larger. ...read full post →