Jeffrey Allen Marks, a Los Angeles interior designer by trade, was all but impressed with the material and color choices of his home’s original dining room design. Luckily for him, he knew just how to welcome light back into the dark and dreary space.
The room began with low ceilings, outdated shutters and knotty pine wainscoting. His solution was quite simple: use a high-gloss paint color and floor stain to allow the natural light to filter in and stay awhile. He settled on white marine paint and dark ebony stain for contrast. Simple, but sophisticated.
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Combating the smog and environmental damage in Los Angeles can be a tough feat, but homes like the Jacobson Residence are doing their part to make living green a natural way of life.
This “eco residence” built by LA-based Wick Architecture earned certification by both Build It Green and Energy Star upon completion, and stands to teach other firms a thing or two about sustainability. Besides using eco materials and being energy- and water-efficient, the home fits in quite nicely with the fashionable city in which it’s located. ...read full post →
If homes brimming with accessories and organized clutter just aren’t your cup of tea, then this Santa Monica abode by commune isn't for you. Take a look and decide for yourself.
Wood trim and a brown leather couch darken this space, but windows sans window coverings help to add a bit of natural light. As in many of the spaces they design, contrasting patterns bring some interest, and in this case, an over-the-top vibe, to the room.
The dining room is where things start to get interesting. Patterned carpet, window coverings and wall trim make this space seem smaller and more compact than it actually is. And unlike other rooms where colors get a similar amount of play time, green takes center stage here. ...read full post →
The number zero might not be such a good thing in a variety of cases (bank account balances, test scores, IQ levels...you get the point), but when it comes to energy usage, it’s a spectacular feat. The Zenergy House, a 1950s Los Angeles remodel by the team at Residential Energy Assessment Services, was able to accomplish just that…while still sticking to an undeniably appealing design.
Located in the Studio City area, this prototype is being used to show skeptics everywhere that zero energy usage is not only plausible – it’s possible. The home is currently open to the public, with the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts hosting tours and plans for educational seminars and other events coming up.
The home itself sits at 2,450 square feet and has three bedrooms and three baths. Solar panels line the roof, and other green features are used down to the tiniest details. Even the Mio wall tiles in this room above are made from recycled paper. ...read full post →
When it comes to finding inspiration for their designs, Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe of Los Angeles based Nicky Kehoe, Inc. (NKI) take a no-holds-barred approach. Drawing from the timeless beauty found in everyday life, they’re able make every space they create into a unique aesthetic experience, like this awesome West Hollywood loft. ...read full post →