Block Party

Making a transition from an apartment to a house is a classical real estate rite of passage, but for a mother in Venice, this particular upgrade required some extra effort and professional help.

Erin Feher
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    Apartment Therapy
    Designed by Vanessa De Vargas

    It's hard to believe Erin Ward's colorful home was in Venice was once a four-unit apartment building. Ward worked with architect Damian Le Mons, founder of Monolith Design Group, who traded the four identical stacked kitchens for one and removed the ceiling panels in order to give the soaring rooms a loft-like feel. Interior designer Vanessa De Vargas infused the house with whimsical patterns and candy-inspired colors.

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    Toast of the Town
    Designed by Vanessa De Vargas

    Guests are always welcome at the home of Ward and her daughter, Sophie, and drop by often for casual afternoon cocktails, kiddie dates at the pool and holiday get-togethers. Outdoor fireplace: Malm Fire Places, Santa Rosa.

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    Room for All
    Designed by Vanessa De Vargas

    This project took a little more than two years to complete, during which time more walls came down than went up, allowing Le Mons to craft wide open, party-friendly spaces.

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    Set the Table
    Designed by Vanessa De Vargas

    Sliding glass doors: Nana Wall, Mill Valley; Table, Ebay; Chairs: Vintage, Pico Modern, LA; Vase: Anthropologie; Plates: Anthropologie; Silverware: vintage, Britni Wood, LA; Wine glasses: CB2; Glasses: Ikea; Napkins: custom, Britni Wood, LA; Rug: vintage, homeowners’ own.

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    Up Above
    Designed by Vanessa De Vargas

    Chandelier: Advanced Interior Designs, LA.

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    Rough Yet Refined
    Designed by Vanessa De Vargas

    Designer De Vargas had the homeowner's vintage furniture reupholstered to reflect the home’s playful style, such as an oversized tufted ottoman recovered in royal blue fabric that holds court in the center of the living room. Architectural elements inspired by lofts and warehouse—exposed wood panels, steel beams and nuts and bolts—are softened by the colorful palette.

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    Red, White & Blue
    Designed by Vanessa De Vargas

    Sofa: vintage, Wertz Brothers, LA; Pillows: Colcha, Venice; Rug: Weego Home, Santa Monica.

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    Stars and Striped
    Designed by Vanessa De Vargas

    Curtains: custom, Turquoise, LA; Console: vintage, homeowners’ own; Lamps: Robert Abbey Inc., Las Vegas, NV; Presents: custom, Britni Wood, LA; Ribbons on presents: Midori Ribbon, LA; Christmas ornaments: vintage, mercury glass; Wreath: Los Angeles Flower Market, LA.

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Vanessa De Vargas
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