Wednesday, June 18, 2014

dwell on design 2014 home tours west side los angeles

YAY! It is that time of year again. Dwell on Design Week in Los Angeles. Before the main Design Event next weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, I dropped into the Dwell on Design Home Tours, West Side Los Angeles.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side

I am going to go at it a little differently this time. Rather than bore you with room by perfect room of the latest and most expensive design on the West Coast, I thought I would pick out the highlights (according to me). Let's do a top five ... Shall we?

5. Small bedrooms.

Love it! That's right, bedrooms are good for sleeping and a few **ahem** other things not the least of which are reading and TV. You just don't really need that much space. In house after house on this tour, less space was more when it came to bedrooms.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side

Snug as a bug. This is partially due to the fact that this was the "West Side" tour, which means you are in Santa Monica and Venice, dealing with narrow beach lots. But let's give them this one. The priorities in every home were common living areas.

In all the homes, kids' bedrooms were super small. Just room for a bed, a few books and that was about it. Well, maybe a pink Eames elephant. No en-suites. No flat screen TVs. My personal philosophy--never make them too comfortable. That goes for guests too.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


This is the master bedroom. Yes, seriously.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side

This is... the master. Not kidding!

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side

4. Glass glorious glass. 

Yes, I have posted one or two things about glass.  Or three. Or four. Okay, who really is counting? There was some very interesting uses of glass on the tour.

Ya got your traditional mid-century glass arrangement. LOVE. What an impactful grouping -- extra large mostly Holmegaard on the hearth. HMMMM. Gives me a few ideas. Except for our big white fluffy monster princess, I might be inclined to try it.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


Look at this stunning use of glass creating an amazing sculpture and focal point for what amounts to a house off an alley. From the outside.


Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


And from the inside.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


And...from the bottom! Stunning, right? And very stable with a nice handrail.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


Glass as a scary catwalk hallway.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


I got to the scary catwalk on the scary stairs.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


Mirror mirror on the wall. Really a reflection from the perfect glass shower enclosure. I have a thing for big giant soaking tubs.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


The floor is some sort of crazy chic expensive stone bathroom floor.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side

3. Sustainable landscaping.

Any, worth its salt, Dwell on Design home uses sustainable landscaping. And boy did they. Here are a few teases, then I will give you the big shebang.

Cool natural entry way. Pretty little arbor garden gate.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


Awesome, almost rugged, courtyard separating guest and garage from main home.


Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


Tranquil outdoor space.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side

And requisite cool outdoor shower.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


Bocce ball court. Don't ask. A Southern California ... Italy ... thing.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


And, wait for it. The wall of succulents. OMGosh. I have questions. Who did this? Who maintains it? How often do the little buggers die and you have to replant? How rich are you exactly? Will you adopt me? (Just kidding mom.)

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


I. Could. Not. Stop. Taking pictures. The metal stuff on the wall is some sort of other sustainable thing like hot water heater or some such brilliant idea.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side

You can hardly speak. Am I right?

2. Best garage. Ever.

First Dwell tour I have ever been on (and there have been quite a few, my friends), that featured a garage.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side

I don't get it, but I really wish our garage looked like that. Including the car. And the art. Mostly the art.

1. Pets on tour.

This was TOTALLY a first. Most of the time homeowners take pity on their pets and send them off to doggie daycare or kitty cat camp. But not these homeowners and not these pets. The pets said, "Bring it!" We love Dwell!

Cute kitties. I almost slipped them in my purse. Their fur was so super soft.

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side


And hi to you Mr. (or Ms. I didn't inspect) Friendly!

Dwell on Design Home Tours  2014 L.A. West Side

YAY! I think I have a few other morsels of Dwell-osity goodness to share in a few days. And, by the way, look for me this Friday afternoon, June 20, at Dwell on Design! Best week of the year in Los Angeles!

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9 comments:

  1. Love this feature! Thanks for sharing....I agree on the master bedrooms. Love the shelving on that first one shown. Fantastic storage space.

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    1. I guess I am partial to small bedrooms because we live in a true mid-century modern. And, have learned to really appreciate the small bedroom.

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  2. Love all the glass and the colors and the landscaping. Can't wait to see more.

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    1. Thanks Dana... the landscaping was almost my favorite this time.

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  3. Good guest philosophy!

    #4 - the glass use in is amazing from the inside, but less from the outside w/ power lines...those less clumsy than I might enjoy the glass and scary thing inside! #3 - the 2nd garden w/ deck and lower level my favorite, though I see the need for an outdoor shower and fire pit, even far from the beach. Bocce - I think Italy was the original California, in many ways! #2 - garage would be ideal, just switch the car out to a White Boxter...

    Fun - the 1st shot of the wall and agave pulled me in, just took me 2 weeks to finally read it.

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