Double VisionA marketing executive shows off his Richard Neutra home, and a TV host turns his space into a bright haven for artwork. Plus, learn some great ideas to hide a television, and see how a rollerblading screenwriter gives her small space some big character.
California Neutra Glamour
Jonathan Anastas was thrilled to find a home in Hollywood Hills designed by Richard Neutra in the early 1940s. It hadn't aged well, so Jonathan decided to update and finesse every detail while honoring the original architecture. Neutra is known for glass walls that bring the indoors out; three sides of the house open to outdoor entertaining spaces with amazing views of canyon and water.
Anastas used other materials to increase the sense of space: floor-to-ceiling monochromatic tile, Roman tub, glass shower divider, glass vessel sink and no cabinetry below the sink. In a small bathroom, using a floor-to-ceiling glass shower door visually expands the space. Otherwise, even a glass half divider on the tub creates an open, airy feeling. Just lose the curtain!
Meeting of MindsAnastas plays the scale of his furniture off the flow of light in the house. Plexiglas chairs add heft to the space but also let light flow through and balance the huge dining room table. As an ex-hardcore punk musician, Anastas made sure to integrate elements of his own personal style into the design, while staying true to Neutra's original vision.
Cooking Up ColorDowntown Bohemia
Mark Montano loves to surround himself with items of visual interest and emotional impact. His 500-square-foot railroad apartment is filled with eclectic pieces. Most of the artwork was created for him or by him. Montano integrates the feeling of the Bohemian lifestyle into his design. Brightly colored walls and furniture pieces in each room evoke his Mexican heritage and add vibrancy to the space.
When Montano moved into this space, there was only a stove, a fridge and a bathtub. He had to wash the dishes in the tub. He removed the stove and the refrigerator and replaced them with a half fridge (which he painted), a microwave and a toaster oven. He also put up walls and curtains to create a bathroom around the tub and sink. He found and repainted various cabinets for all his kitchen storage needs.
Los LoungeNot many people place their bed along the wall parallel to it, but Montano found it was a great way to make a sofa out of his bed. To make the most of his small space, Montano integrated built-in bookshelves into the walls.
The New ClassicsUnique Ideas for TV Storage
In a large house, you can shut the door to a TV room. In studios and small apartments, the TV room may be the only room. Televisions don't usually add character to a room, so here are a few ideas to add character to your television. Technology and creativity combine to make televisions more versatile and invisible.
Reinterpret an old piece and transform it into something with modern usefulness. Here an old refrigerator houses a television. The icebox holds the VHS/DVD players.
Projection SolutionLike the big screen, but lack the space for it? A projector television may be just the thing for you. A projector takes up a lot less space and is often more discreet than a big screen TV.
Monitor and TelevisionThe flat screen monitor on a moveable arm allows the screen to be seen from the office area and the kitchen. During work hours it's a computer screen. After hours, the homeowner watches the news as she prepares dinner in the kitchen.
Small SecretsL.A. Continental
Shauna Cross pined to live on Sycamore Avenue in historic Hancock Park. She found her dream home in a vintage 1920s six-plex. Drawing from old Hollywood movies, magazines and books, she incorporated her love for the past with what seemed germane to modern life—giving each room its own unique personality. Her advice for living in a small space: "Pretend it's not small!"
Cross transformed her home with paint and flea market finds. She painted three stripes around the room in different shades of soothing beige. The stripes trick the eyes into seeing a larger space by keeping them moving around the room. Cross' furniture choices also expand the space. All her furniture is on legs and is low to the ground; the space extends beneath the furniture and in the expanded vertical area between the low furniture and the ceiling.
The Real LuxuryMany people think of space as a luxury, but Cross thinks of textures and good fabrics as luxurious. The mural on the wall was a chalk sketch that Cross intended to paint, but she decided she liked the simplicity of it as is.
Outdoor OasisCross takes advantage of the great weather in sunny California and extends her living area outside. With a bolt of gauze and a few potted plants, she created a comfortable outdoor dining/sitting area.