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Designing an Industrial Modern Los Angeles Loft

Peek inside a TV and film producer's 1,200-square-foot industrial modern loft in Los Angeles and steal his best design secrets.

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Eclectic Chocolate Room

Though he's put a lot of time and effort into furnishing his home, he doesn't consider any of it to be precious. When he initially adopted his 8-month-old boxer/pit bull/catahula mix named Lulu, she was his first dog and he feared the worst. "I'm pretty easygoing and grew up with cats, but when I got Lulu, I worried about my home becoming a kennel. She's allowed on all of the furniture except my bed and a couple chairs but has never damaged a piece of furniture, article of clothing or pair of shoes. She had a couple pee accidents and chewed one lamp cord when I first got her, but she quickly learned the house rules and has been a well-mannered lady ever since."

In addition to furnishings, Mark also added color in small doses throughout the loft. All of the walls are painted Dunn-Edwards Navajo White, which changes color throughout the day and subdues the intense California sun. Using one color throughout also creates a visual flow between the interconnected levels. "The only doors are on the bathrooms, and you can see from one level to the next, so I wanted to create as much cohesion as possible." The focal wall of the first floor is painted a shade of brown called Black Walnut from Dunn-Edwards. "I wanted a brown that was almost black to temper how bright it gets during the day and to feel really subdued at night." For a burst of energy in his neutral master bedroom, he painted the wall behind the bed Red Contrast, also from Dunn-Edwards. "Though red is one of my favorite colors, I prefer it as an accent because it can easily become overwhelming." But the customization didn't stop with paint. Mark turned the 16-foot-wide, 14-foot-high wall of his master bedroom into a floor-to-ceiling library-style closet. The frame and doors are made from bamboo plywood and the interior is an off-the-rack closet system he ordered online. The upper cabinets are accessible with a rolling library-style ladder. Of all purchases for the home's design, the closet was the biggest splurge and required the most planning. Mark notes: "There's not one closet downstairs, so I needed to build something upstairs that could hold everything: clothing, linens, art and all the other household items that need a hiding place. Memories of the time spent in my friend's bungalow in Venice reminded me to keep only what I needed and loved. Having only what's necessary, but out of sight and well-organized, is incredibly liberating."

Mark is getting more than his fair share of use out of the industrial space. His favorite part of the loft is having friends over to hang out. And although he loves almost everything about his home, there are a few things he'd change. Mark says, "Although I like the simple aesthetic of the kitchen, I've outgrown the limited counter and storage space. I've never been much of a cook, but I've been taking classes and could use more functional space. I plan on replacing the dining table with an island and counter seating around it." Of course there's one thing he wouldn't change: trading New York for Los Angeles, palm trees and all. 

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