Remote LocationAuthor:Lindsey Shook
22 Interiors curates a simple yet vibrant West Hollywood pied-à-terre for a young, bicoastal couple
“I love learning about my clients’ stories and use that to drive my approach to designing their space,” says designer Lucie Ayres of 22 Interiors. The owners of this quaint apartment are based in NYC but needed a space in LA where one half of the couple—a television writer—could call home while working on set.
Located in the heart of West Hollywood, the 975 square foot condo is inside a classic mid-century building. The 22 Interiors team gutted the main living spaces, opening up the existing closed kitchen to modernize and expand the entire apartment. “We drastically needed to open it all up and create a feeling of space,” says Ayres. “Our clients are entertainers that love to cook.” Aside from desiring more ample space for entertaining, the clients’ needed each room to be versatile, often playing more than one role. “We knew the guest room would have to double as an office but we also knew that the kitchen island would need to be comfortable enough to act as a make shift desk for the other person when needed.”
Ayres and her team created a long, multi-use island in the kitchen that allows for both counter and formal dining. They installed a small yet efficient wet bar in the kitchen that offers both storage and ornamentation. With efficiency top of mind, they disrupted the existing bed and bathroom floorpan to create a master ensuite. “Originally the layout had two bathrooms that were accessible from the main hall,” notes Ayres. The new plan features a master bedroom with private bathroom, as well as a laundry washer/dryer closet that didn’t exist before.
The final result is a chic, clean design with pops of vibrant blues and reds that are balanced by soothing neutral tones. While the young couple did not have any notable collectibles to include, they do have a strong passion for color which guided the selection of finishes, furnishings and art. “The clients were thrilled and actually the former owners saw the space and wanted it back now that it was transformed (not going to happen) but it was a huge compliment,” says Ayres. “Soon we hope to be working on their Hamptons home.”