10 October 2012

taa daaah! (california home + design showhouse bath- with before and afters!))

i never showed y'all the finished product, did i?  i sort of put it everywhere (facebook, instagram, the twitters, pinterest, etc) but forgot to put the finished product on ye olde blogge for posterity...

so taa daaah!
photo by john ellis for CH+D
crazy right? but look at it before- it was just sad...

 i'm kind of in love with my own vignette here... certainly more interesting than a blank wall
(photo by gregory han, apartment therapy's tech editor and a heckuva nice guy)
when you opened the door, here's the view of the bath that greeted you before- total snooze, right?
my niece said it looked like a rest stop bathroom- and frankly, it did.
here's what greets you now- kinda grabs your attention!
hiding that nasty plumbing behind the cabinet sure helped- bonus, now there is somewhere to hide the extra roll of TP!
just a bit cheerier i think- of course it's helped by first walking through molly luetkemeyer's "perfect in pink" office space- imho, the pink with the black and white is a knock out combo!

last here's the shower before:
and here's after:
 i LOVE the matte back rubinet fixtures provided by snyder-diamond. the stacked white ceramic tiles are from walkon tile in west LA, and the black tiles are 12" x 24" porcelain tiles from spec ceramics in the PDC (links below). i had the black tiles cut down to 6" x 24" and ran them up the wall for some verticality in a room that is less than 8 feet tall.
it's hard to tell from the photo but the tiles in the shower pan are actually matte finish for a lil grip, while the rest are glossy to reflect light in the windowless room.


it takes a village to build a bath (even a bath with a footprint smaller than a sheet of plywood), so i gots lots of people to thank:

erin feher, executive editor of californa home+ design magazine (and a pretty cool chick) for asking me to take part in the "small space big style adventure" (and her entire team for making the damn thing work). you are awesome peeps, CH+D!

molly luetkemeyer and team- all talented designers, and the best showhouse neighbors a boy could want.

vanessa kogevinas, the project manager for the showhouse who patiently held my hand through the process, and was always a friendly face onsite (even though she was probably pulling her hair out from holding 7 other designer's hands as well).

tracy hiner of black crow studios who helped me take my wallpaper from crazy concept to beautiful reality (btw, the "memphis" wallpaper is available by custom order through black crow studios... if you dare to go bold!). tracy hiner simply rocks.

the good people at synder-diamond kitchen and bath who provided the awesome matte black rubinet fixtures and toto toilet. with great the customer service and professionalism like snyder-diamond offered on a PR project like this, they've definitely won my business for future paying projects. ;-)

walkon tiles for coming through in a pinch with the stacked white tiles, and spec ceramics for the black tiles- and for going the extra mile to cut them down to the size my eye said i needed. you know us designers- we are never satisfied with stock.  ;-)

lampsplus for the cool bulkhead outdoor sconce (thanks rich!)

jeff the tile guy and wayne the wallpaper guy did bang up jobs- no websites, but if you want their numbers, email moi. wayne the wallpaperer gets extra props for happily taking off the ceiling panel i thought was a good idea, but in fact, was not (sh*t happens- design is a living, evolving process ;-).

warner brothers studio facilities for the custom mirrors, shelf and cabinet: great work, turned around on a dime, and nice guys to boot- interior designers should really make use of this "only in LA" resource. i'm certainly going to in the future (they did all of azadeh's kitchen cabinetry, and christopher kennedy's curved sofa too- all in the tightest of time frames).

accessory preview inc for loaning out the fabulous glass knot sculpture for a lot longer they had planned. i'll bring it back next week, promise!

rudy calvero, one of my oldest and dearest, for loaning me his personal collection of vintage glass vases when my other accessories looked like poo-poo. thanks, homie.

last, to my design house co-conspirators who provided many laughs, much moral support, and made me be sure to have my A-game on so i didn't look like an fool alongside their stellar talents: Molly Luetkemeyer, Azadeh Shladovsky, Brian Patrick Flynn, Christopher Kennedy, Erinn Valencich, and Mary Gray & Annette Goliti Gutierrez of Potted. for lotsa great pictures of their fabulous work, please the visit the CH+D website (remember, this blog is about ME), or better yet visit the "small space big style" showhouse in person and marvel at their awesomess:

the hollywood condos are at 6735 Yucca Street, Los Angeles, California 90028- right next to hollywood and highland, and the walk of fame, so make a hollywood day of it!


Lesley from Lamps Plus said...

Looks great Christian! Thanks again for using our wall light - I love how it works well in the space, but doesn't take away from your bold design. Kudos to you (and everyone involved) for a successful space!

mary said...

Hi Christian, The tiles expand the space exponentially. But that wall paper is fantastic.

Dawna said...

Christian,BRAVO job well done! A couple of things I enjoyed the most,your use of mirrors and the sheen of the tile really allowed the space to feel much larger then it was,and the fact you went crazy with the pattern not only created such incredible interest,but also tricked the eye into thinking that this space is larger then it is! You truly are and amazing designer!

Donna Vining said...

Such a fun and modern bathroom! Love all the geometric patterns!! Great attention grabber and attention to details!

Donna Vining

maison21 said...

your light was PERFECT, lesly! i couldn't have found anything i liked more at many times the price. thank you again!

maison21 said...

thank you so much, mary!

maison21 said...

i'm blushing, dawna- keep it up! ';-)

maison21 said...

thank you, donna- i'd be lyin' if i were to say i didn't want the bathroom to call attention to itself.

Igor Josifovic said...

this is beyond cool, Christian!!! I love the black and white theme and the great pattern!! Chapeau!

MaryBeth said...

I took the tube to Cockfosters just to see what was there...don't ever go alone.
I love And So To Bed. I first saw it in a magazine and thought t was the most wonderful name.

maison21 said...

thank you, igor! oxoxooxo!