Posts tagged: los angeles

Design Board for Harris Cafe

By , August 2, 2012 2:53 pm

Hey there!  We’ve been pretty busy over here at Enliven Studios working on some fantastic projects!

This is a presentation design board for a cafe on the ground floor of an office building in the City of Industry.  It has been very exciting working with Twen Ma Architects putting together a floor plan, finishes and elevations to reflect our clients needs!  They were looking for a 1950′s inspired checkerboard diner feel combined with a modern tea and noodles type of cafe!  This was such a fun challenge because one wouldn’t think the two could come together so elegantly.

Take a look and let us know how we did on the presentation board!  We are looking forward to breaking ground and getting construction underway so you can see the finished product :)

design and finish board

Harris Cafe Presentation Board

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L.A. stands for Luxurious Apartment!

By , August 3, 2010 9:21 pm

Los Angeles is known for high-end glamour and funky retreats.  Our client Amber wanted a little of that incorporated into her upscale townhome where she lives in the heart of Culver City.

The furniture consists of a nice combination of custom-made products and off-the floor items.  The centerpieces of the house are custom-crafted: the semi-round dining banquette and big, comfy sofa.  In the interest of budget and time, we built around these with off-the floor items from a variety of places to create a cohesive space.  We found the coffee table at a boutique furniture store in Silverlake and the guest bed right out of a modern home decor showroom.

Our client had a nice start with accessories but claimed she never knew how to arrange them or what to do with them.  We added to the collection but were still able to use many of her accessories and put them together in a way that creates a cohesive feeling.  We love the tall skinny yellow vase we found and we put it next to her Target frame and it just seems to work!

Nothing finishes a home like the unique combination of art we put on our walls.  We framed two heirloom newspaper articles from bygone eras, and found great limited edition prints by Chariklia Zarris at a nice price.  If you’re regardful, you can even mix in catalog art items like the art set above the bed – as long as you don’t one-stop-shop.

The modern and clean lines juxtaposed with whimsical and graphic interest shows off Amber’s great taste and provides her a relaxing and fun place to call home at the end of a busy day.  Creating a beautiful retreat for this L.A. hospitality professional that mirrors the elegance of her working life was our goal, and we believe it is achieved in this space!

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Finish Boards for Briarcliff Condos in the South Bay

By , March 16, 2010 10:59 pm

During my time at Brenda Bell & Associates,  we had this on-going project fixing up these really neat condos in the South Bay.  Each year it seemed we were making improvements on the building, whether it was the four-floor lobby remodel or the shared tenant hallways, there was always a way we could continue to make Briarcliff condos a great looking place, and a wonderful home for the tenants to come home to.  Here are some option boards that I made for their exterior hardscape & concrete designs, as well as shared tenant hallway paint and carpet designs that made this such a fun and unique project.

Hardscape Options Board

Finish Board 1

Finish Board 2

Finish Board 3

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Random Collection of Photos

By , December 18, 2009 1:19 pm

I don’t want to get too cheesy, but I wanted to put up some of my random artsy photos I’ve taken lately.  A small collection of photos from places like Big Sur, Napa, and even a couple from my old Canon AE-1 Program camera.

I plan on putting up some more sometime soon, too.  So take a look, let me know what you think.

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Exterior Elevations for Venice Craftsman Residence

By , September 15, 2009 2:57 pm

Here I did two options of one residential exterior in Venice, CA for Brenda Bell & Associates.  Our client wanted to see multiple options in the Craftsman-style that already existed on her home, yet was not apparent in the front entry design.  These options provided her with some much-needed curb appeal with sophistication and cohesiveness.

Option one has a centered-step entry with a wide, wrapped porch, whereas the second option has right side steps that enter to a covered porch entry.

Lipton Exterior Option 1

Lipton Exterior Option 1

Lipton Exterior Option 2

Lipton Exterior Option 2

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CDs for Chinese Cafe in Temple City

By , September 2, 2009 11:39 am

Finally!  I am finally finished with the construction documents with Twen Ma Architects for the Kang Kang Cafe in Temple City, CA.  Where the heck is Temple City?  Well, it’s somewhere between Pasadena and West Covina :)

This is an existing building remodel at the downtown city center, with an entrance from the garage parking and also from the street.  We’re finalizing finishes right now, but it’s a streamlined and modern design for a simple and quick dining solution.   Have a look!  I can’t wait – in a couple months I get to dine here!

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Spud! Organic Grocery Delivery Interior Design & Mural

By , August 19, 2009 2:49 pm

Hi There!  I finally got around to taking some good photographs of the interiors that I did for the Spud! Organic Grocery Delivery warehouse/office interiors.  My friend Shawn who works there also used to be a professional painter, so he painted the interior walls and I used the colors to do the mural in the entry.  The challenge was to use extremely environmentally friendly paints, so we found and used the new Freshaire paint brand that you can actually find at Home Depot.  Zero VOC and low fumes.  It actually didn’t smell paint-y at all!  I love challenges like this.  The best part is that I already love Spud! and their organic groceries make my life way easy.  Become a fan of Spud! Los Angeles on Facebook!

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