Designer Crush Q&A: Jorge Da Rosa

1. Where do you currently live in CA and what's special about how you've designed your personal space?

I currently live in Los Angeles in a 3 story modern loft, along with my wife, two boys and our dog. We're not fans of clutter so everything in the house is here because it's important to us. Over the years, my wife and I have become sort of experts at masking the fact that two young and very energetic boys live in the house. It's imperative to us to feel like we have our adult space, and not have it over run by kid world all the time. At the same time, we want the boys to be able to be themselves and not feel restrained. We create special areas designated for play and artistic endeavors, and in those spaces we have well thought out organizational systems in which to quickly and easily store away their toys and art supplies. We like to entertain, and guests are often amazed at how we manage to be unburdened by kid clutter. You really CAN have it both ways.

2. What's your dream design project? Who would it be for (dead or alive)? 

I'm a big fan of nature, and living in such a big city I would have to say that my dream project would be to build a modern family cabin in the mountains surrounded by trees, out of sight of any other structure. I would also love the opportunity to design a space for Steve McQueen, possibly his garage.

3. In real life, what's your favorite design project you've completed to date?

That's a bit of a tough one. I have two very different projects that come to mind, both in size and budget. Last year I completed an amazing project downtown, a very high end gut & remodel project where in I had the opportunity to collaborate with another great and very talented designer- Jeff Andrews. The final result was just stunning. The second project was a small kitchen remodel which I completed for a client in Calabasas early this year. Although the project itself was small in square footage, the transformation was significant, and the impact it had on the homeowners lives made it even more satisfying. A successful project to me really comes down to how it positively affects the lives of the clients, and not just how great it looks in a photo.

4. You've been gifted a fabulously furnished dream home but can only bring one item from your current space. What would it be? 

My Music Hall Turntable along with the audio cabinet I designed and had built for it. Of course the vinyl would have to come as well. 

5. What's your creative process when designing a space?

For me, it really starts by listening to the clients needs and wishes. I then take some time to think of ways to make sure I not only provide them with what they need/want, but also to give them something much more than they could have anticipated. I then begin laying out the space architecturally, and progress from there to layering in the fine details and finishes which make each individual space special on it's own, yet cohesive as a whole.  

6. Where do you score prized interior design items? Any shopping tips?

I'm lucky to live in a city that's so rich with spectacular design. There are a million great spots to shop, but recently I found a new favorite spot- TINI Vintage on Fairfax. The place is full of one-of-a-kind finds that can make any space really remarkable. As far as shopping tips, I'd have to say stick to your plan and concept. It can be hard to do sometimes when there are so many eye-catching pieces all over. My mindset when shopping is typically to rely on first impressions.  If it doesn't stand out to you as you're walking by, then it's not the piece you're looking for. 

7. Ever had an epic DIY disaster? What project would you never take on again yourself?

I'm not sure I ever really had a disaster, but I've found myself in over my head before. I once decided to redo the main entrance to one of my personal properties, and being the hands on guy I am, I decided to frame and pour the concrete for the new steps myself. I think about thirty minutes into the job is when I realized I should have hired someone for it. I still finished the job myself and felt tremendously accomplished at the end, but the next time, I hired professionals. 

8. What new design trend are you excited to integrate into your next project?

I'm really enjoying how people are becoming more comfortable with mixing up styles a bit. It makes for a more free and unstrucctured design approach, which in turn allows you to create really exceptional and unique spaces. 

9. Lightning round!

Beach or mountains?

Mountains 

Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook

Instagram or Pinterest?

Instagram 

Architectural Digest or Wallpaper?

Architectural Digest

Should you spend money on a fabulous bathroom or kitchen?

Kitchen. But really, why not both?

Would you rather shop new or vintage?

Vintage

Great view or perfect pool?

Great view

SF or LA?

I'm split, because I could really live in both. It may be time for a second residence.

10. What's one tip you wish someone had told you when first starting out in the design world?

Patience Young Grasshopper

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