Four Point Design Build’s Laura Muller knows how to make the most of small spaces. As the design half of the husband-wife duo, Laura was recruited to redecorate a downtown LA loft above one of the city’s most lively streets. Looking to create a serene atmosphere within a swamped city, Laura took to Dwell’s catalog of eclectic minimal decor. Presented with wide-windows’ natural light, exposed concrete walls, and a gorgeous natural hardwood floor, Laura stayed true to the hues and natural colors of the space. The Met Lofts, only a few blocks from the bustling Staples Center and Convention Center, are highrise havens above the city.
Although the loft is not divided into rooms, Muller stylishly makes use of a corner as a decorative yet practical office or dining space. A geometric custom chandelier designed by Muller and ADG Lighting illuminates the wheeled desk, while an abstract painting and floral prints liven up the corner. An original Margaret Lazarri painting brightens up the office nook.
Across the apartment is a galley kitchen, made unique by the textured white wooden wardrobe beside the refrigerator, which excites the wall and acts as vital storage space. Giving the room a cohesive atmosphere, Muller did not stray too far from the loft’s industrial accents; exposed bulbs, uncovered air ducts, and an unfinished ceiling is complemented by glass coffee tables, unpainted wood stands, accented Milk & Sugar pillows, and porcelain-vased flora. “The concept of urban grit and timeless glamour was the inspiration for this space,” says Muller of the contrasting elements, “The ductwork and exposed electrical elements were integral to the overall design plan, and it is very budget friendly.” Muller juxtaposes pipes with flowers, cement with glass, and LA sunlight with bare bulbs.
In both the office area and living space, shelves of tchotchkes, books, and decorative boxes sourced by Muller incorporate small bits of bright colors, tying in Laura’s choice of abstract artwork. The colors of the lofts’ palette work perfectly together; there is no particular focal point, rather a well-curated abode, perfect to come home to after a long day at the office or strutting down Melrose. Muller could certainly be considered small-space savvy; the loft sensibly combines a living room with a bedroom, but still allowing for space to entertain. Across from a flatscreen TV at the far end of the suite, a Bernini couch draped with custom fur throws from Laura, while the Murphy bed, serving as another seating area, is tucked away across the room. A textured sculptural piece by Sharon Handy hangs boldly above the couch. “In small spaces, it is important to be mindful the key pieces are designed to be multi-functional. And remember,” Laura adds, “small spaces don’t always mean small furniture. In fact, larger multi-purpose pieces that perform well are much better and will make the space feel larger.” Muller carefully selected portable chocolate-colored cushions and a sleek Bernini leather swivel armchair for additional seating.The apartment’s living space is tranquil and great for guests; two custom leather floor cocktail cushions designed by Laura Muller can easily be taken out or put away depending on the occasion. An original art piece of porcelain twine and steel titled White Sands Synchronicity by Sharon Handy fills the space with texture and visual intrigue.
An easily-concealed Murphy bed serves as both a bedroom and a full-sized bed when opened.
When it comes to getting ready, Laura has made sure that the bathroom is as contemporary and chic as the rest of the loft. Against a white dotted sink backsplash, Muller chose a leaning mirror over a mounted one; an unconventional choice that modernizes the entire bathroom. A rose-tinted shower curtain slips a bit of muted color into an otherwise crisply white powder room. Besides the sink is a cabinet sharing the same textured wood used for the living room’s built-in doors. A double-handled spring faucet is a metallic hint of the industrialism evident in the main living space. Ivory white countertops by Caesarstone are decorated with a porcelain vase and a subtle candle.
This one-room flat in the City of Angels is a liveable, refined home designed by a seasoned master of cool, collected Californian design.
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