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  • Case Study Architecture: Opdahl House

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    Modern Architecture

    Sometimes, what's even better than beautiful architecture is beautiful architecture brought back to life by people who truly care. Case Study architect Edward Killingsworth’s masterpiece, the 1957 Opdahl House, fell into ruin, but thanks to a musician with a passion for modernism, it is celebrating its 50th anniversary in mint condition.

    This cool pad is located on the island of Naples, in Long Beach, California and the current owner is DJ Greyboy Andreas Stevens who had a passion for bringing this home back to life. In addition to furnishing his own home, Stevens started a side career flipping pieces found buried at far-flung Salvation Army stores.

    DJ Greyboy Andreas Stevens

    Stevens received the help of original owners Joyce and Richard Opdahl and Killingsworth to help guide him along the way. Old family photos provided unpublished views of the home and gave Stevens the clues he needed to bring the house back to its exact original state.

    “I gave up my regular life for a couple of years,” Stevens says. In addition to refurbishing the structure, he went to extreme lengths to find original fixtures and match finished surfaces. He also tried to furnish the home according to the old family photos, but still keeping it his own and making sure he was comfortable living there.

    Modern Living Room

    Not only is the two-story space with balconied bedrooms a beautiful sight to see, but it's also helping Stevens complete his current album. He points out the similarities between recording in the Opdahl home to that in which Rudy Van Gelder recorded Blue Note’s classic albums.

    Modern Kitchen Design

    Killingsworth said, “The most flattering thing an owner can say about one of my buildings is, ‘It’s my building, I did all this myself; the architects only translated my thoughts.’ The Opdahl House truly has become Stevens’s building.

    Images: Dwell

  • Home Décor With a Global Vibe

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    Home Decor Style

    Although right now I call Los Angeles home, I've been lucky enough to have lived globally, in many cities around the world: Florence, Bern, NYC, Copenhagen, and have traveled from Marrakesh to Mexico City and many places in between. One thing that all of these cities have in common is that there is no one style that truly defines a city.

    Through years of people of different cultures visiting, conquering, settling and assimilating into new places, decorating styles have overlapped, mixed and melded--you'll find Hollywood Regency styles in Milan, or a Moroccan-style den in Denmark. Here is a roundup of some global mash-up interiors that I find truly inspiring-- Plus my Euro Style Lighting discoveries, with a global vibe...and how great is that serape lampshade?!

    Hme Decor

    Moroccan Star Amethyst Red 12-Inch Accent Table Lamp, Saffron Jasmina Chocolate 18" Square Down Throw Pillow, Lime Green Moroccan Square 18-Inch Pillow, Mexican Print Drum Lamp Shade 14x14x10 (Spider), Desert Ikat 12-Inches-W Lamp Shade, Mini Isla Satin Nickel Pendant, Kite White and Red Ikat Fabric Decorative Throw Pillow, Sydney Contemporary Tango Red 29-Inch-H Table Lamp, Kathy Ireland African Eclipse Cherry Americana Table Lamp

    Images: The Kitchen, Big Chill, The Design Files, Casas Bacanas

  • The Modern Lake Home

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    Modern Lake Home

    Who said lake homes had to be campy and cozy without any real design aesthetic. Well, they're wrong. We spotted this beautiful modern lake home and decided to furnish it in our dreams...

    The key to designing a clean aesthetic that still falls under the category of natural and organic is all about the materials. The form will keep it modern with clean lines and minimal frill.

    Home Decor

    1. White Glass Chip Satin Nickel 12-Inch-W Chandelier 2. Currey And Company Beachhead 21" Square Driftwood Mirror 3. Zuo Modern Charcoal Gray 28 3/4-Inch-W Armchair 4. Charlotte Mirrored 18 1/2-Inch-H Accent Table 5. Cosgrove Mid-Century White Ceramic Table Lamp 6. Natural Light All Wrapped Up Jute 65 1/2-Inch-H Floor Lamp 7. Fenia Chrome with Brown Rattan Swivel 35-Inch-H Chairs

    Image: Expensive Life

  • Modern Decor to Match Our Fall Playlist

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    beach house modern decor

    Well, summer is packing its bags and heading south for the winter. And with that, it's time for another Euro Style playlist to get you ready for the cool days of fall, along with modern decor to match. For this edition, we're highlighting performers from FYF, an end-of-summer music festival in downtown Los Angeles that we were fortunate to attend this past weekend.

    First, the playlist:

    Beach House (album cover pictured above):

    Marked by plaintive vocals from lyrically longing chaunteuse Victoria Legrand, Beach House provides melancholia mixed with melody. Perfect for car rides in nature. 

    Glasser:

    Glasser Album Cover

    Like Beach House, Glasser creates an ethereal ambiance, albeit with a bit more of an electronic edge. Perfect for car rides in the city.

    My Bloody Valentine:

    MBV Album Art

    Fans of the Sophia Coppola film Lost in Translation may remember wistful scenes of Tokyo set to a generous wash of guitars. That  lush wash was the work of My Bloody Valentine. Consider this your rainy day soundtrack. 

    Flume:

    Flume Album Art

    An electronic music project from Australian composer Harley Streten, Flume provides enough bounce-per-minute to inspire you to maintain your summer exercise regimen deep into winter.  

    MGMT:

    MGMT Self Titled Art

    At FYF, we heard a preview of what's to come from MGMT's September 2013 release, and it promises to be a rousing blend of melody and slowly sauntering psychedelia. It's possible that, now the dust of hype has cleared, MGMT has truly found its voice.

    Now let's look at some simple but like-minded designs: 

    Fall Music Decor

    Color Plus Ovo Plum Dandy Satin Dark Gray Shade Table Lamp, Tech Lighting Silver Glaze Aqua Glass Satin Nickel PendantChessa Purple Low Back Set of 4 Side Chairs

    There is a sophisticated yet forlorn theme running through both the music and cover art above. And so with that, our modern decor choices include deep blacks, plums, grays and pinks. Modern pendant lighting comes in all kinds of colors, but sometimes plain, simpe black is our favorite. You can add colored or printed shades to colored glass table lamps for a bit of extra elegance.   

    From the music you play to the rooms you decorate, there's no right or wrong way to curate your fall. So have at it and have fun.

    Images: Gorilla Vs. Bear, StereoGum, CMJ, Paste Magazine

  • Art Scene: A + D Never Built Los Angeles

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    Art Scene

    Never Built Los Angeles explores the "what if" of Los Angeles architecture. Above is a shot of what LAX was maybe going to look like. Now, as we all know the middle section exists as a restaurant and the terminals are across the street.... and not under a super cool glass dome.

    You don't want to miss this exhibit that runs through October 13th at the Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibit asks why L.A. is a center for great architects, yet lacking in urban innovation? The show features illustrations, renderings, blueprints and models to show the power of architectural ideas.

     

    6032 Wilshire Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    info@aplusd.org

    July 28, 2013 - October 13, 2013

    General Adult: $10
    Seniors and Students: $5
    A+D Members and Children under 12: Free

    Image: A + D

August, 2013