This is what happens when you have a drag queen, musician and performance artist with a PhD in Computer Science as a client. I hand-sourced the eclectic pieces from flea markets, Craigslist and junk shops, layered a dozen black and white rugs on top of each other, acquired animal skins in bulk and hired an artist to hand paint a custom art deco design in gold on the alcove window. The client loved the project so much he later hired me to design his flat in Berlin.
Pete's Bachelor Beach Bungalow
Pete approached me with this: “I've lived like a gypsy, debated if I'd ever move again so I never made the place home. Now, due to my newfound love for LA, embracement for the West side and hostage to a nice lease it's time to make it official. Comfy, cool and a place for tiny dinner parties and drinking. There will be some color needed, some pieces of furniture, and basic organizational curation to keep a hodgepodge of everything elegantly in its right place. Maybe part of it is part my basic inclination of taste. But how would you approach to setting it up like your own? Even dumb shit like a proper shoe storage apparatus. And whether I have the proper amount of mixing and salad bowls. The palate is yours. Feel free to go at it like your bad self. You have impeccable taste. :)”
I was able to rescue Pete's pad from the edge of terrifying and transform it into a cozy, welcoming bachelor pad with an ocean vibe. I painted the place in a beachy yet mature color palette, sourced piees from LA flea markets and had furniture custom designed and hand-built by a local carpenter. Now Pete's got plants, a functional patio, actual curtains, a vintage military trunk to store his shoes, a kitchen chalkboard wall, old family photos framed and arranged, and the ability to invite a lady over without frightening her.