Rehab Diary: LA Living, Venice Style by

Issue 91 · The Nonchalant Kitchen · September 23, 2013

Rehab Diary: LA Living, Venice Style

Issue 91 · The Nonchalant Kitchen · September 23, 2013

Drawn to the industrial loft look but concerned it might be too rough and raw for you? See how Los Angles-based Simo Design helped their client to create a loft-like look on a residential scale.

“Our client liked the look of his local restaurants and shops in Venice, and while he gravitated to their informal and industrial aspects, he preferred a smart, clean, and more refined space,” Alexi Renalls, co-founder of Simo Design, says. “The industrial style is appealing, but it does not always directly translate to the home. We were worried it would quickly become dated and wanted to create the look in a less fleeting way that would also be more inviting." 

Photography by David Gilbert

American black walnut kitchen island by DM/DM and Sawkille oak stools in Venice apartment by SIMO Design | Remodelista

Above: The designers created a moveable kitchen island on wheels, lending flexiblity to the open plan of the kitchen, dining, and living room. Heavy Light pendants from Decode London hang over the kitchen island.

American black walnut kitchen island by DM/DM and Sawkille oak stools in Venice apartment by SIMO Design | Remodelista

Above: Subway-style tiles from Mission Tile West in South Pasadena form a tiled wall backdrop to the kitchen cabinets and open shelving. Sawkille Tall Stools sit on an engineered solid oak floor from Provenza Floors.

American black walnut kitchen island by DM/DM in Venice apartment by SIMO Design | Remodelista

Above: "We collaborated with DM/DM on the kitchen island, which is made of American black walnut," Renalls says. "The top is lacquered so that it can be used as a working surface." A Kohler Parq Faucet in an oil-rubbed bronze finish hints at an industrial aesthetic while Belgian Sheer Linen curtains from Restoration Hardware diffuse the strong Californian light. 

Jon Rou photograph, Workstead lamp in Venice apartment by SIMO Design | Remodelista

Above: A photograph of the beach by Jon Rou presides over the living area. 

Fabric linen headboard with striped sheets and Hedge House bedside table in Venice apartment by SIMO Design | Remodelista

Above: A mixture of striped bedding and cushions complement the fabric headboard covered in washed linen, while a Solid Quarter Sawn White Oak Bedside Table by Hedge House adds a natural note to the assemblage.

Black Cord Sconce, Brendan Ravenhill in Venice apartment by SIMO Design | Remodelista

Above: The designers kept the palette neutral while adding key accessories and furnishings, including the Black Cord Sconces on the wall by Brendan Ravenhill and a midcentury chair found through 1st Dibs. 

Carrara marble slab vanity in Venice apartment by SIMO Design | Remodelista

Above: A double sink vanity, made out of Carrara marble slabs, is detailed to appear monolithic.

Carrra marble tiles in Venice apartment by SIMO Design | Remodelista

Above: The wall tiles behind the bathtub were cut down from larger floor tiles to achieve the desired texture and pattern variation.

BEFORE

Before image of Venice apartment by SIMO Design | Remodelista

Above: The open plan kitchen, dining, and living area prior to the renovation.

Before image of Venice apartment by SIMO Design | Remodelista

Above: The pre-renovation bedroom. 

Simo Design, members of the Remodelista Architecture and Designer Directory, are professional remodelers. See their tips on getting the most out of your remodel with paint.  



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