L.A based designer Peter Dunham is undoubtedly a wildly talented and well travelled man. You can tell just by having a glance (and you’ll want more than that) at his vibrant and sophisticated fabric collection inspired by his travels around the world: India, Turkey and the Mediterranean to name a few. A Persian textile he found in Paris inspired the oversized paisley of his Isfahan fabric while his indigo Bukhara pattern is based on an old Turkish design.
Raised in France and educated in England, Peter Dunham moved to Los Angeles in 1998, launched his own line of hand-printed textiles in 2003 and took the world of interior design by storm. The reason I’m telling you this is because today I’m going to share with you his amazing L.A apartment. You know how much I love tiny houses and this home is further proof that small spaces can pack lots of personality and style. Of course, being a designer helps coming up with the right design vision but hopefully there are a few lessons for everyone to take away from this post.
The apartment is a mere 550 sq. feet Tudor-style abode (although size is relative, the same place would be considered grand in Paris, but according to U.S standards this is on the small-ish side) filled with all of his favorite things: fabrics and furnishings retailed in his Hollywood at Home shop as well as collected artwork and photographs from around the globe.
A welcoming front door is a must: the architectural detail of the Tudor-style entrance is further emphasized with a striking color choice – Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Caribbean Blue Water.
The small living area is maximized with a highly functional furniture layout. Opting for sleek lines and midcentury modern furniture pieces contributes to the airy feel: the supple Danish sofa, vintage Saarinen table and How to Marry a Millionaire chairs from his Hollywood at Home store. Forgoing the coffee table is another way to optimize the space: the chic cowhide ottoman pulls double duty-extra seating at parties and storage.
Thought small, the apartment has an inherent architectural charm. Like this pretty bay window with diamond leaded glass windows that is beautifully dressed in Peter Dunham’s Isfahan (the roman shades) and Fig Leaf (upholstery). The walls are a soft milk-paint mix from SafePaint- white with 10% Barn Red. The floors are kept neutral with a simple jute rug.
A close-up of the beautiful Isfahan paisley.
For a space saving media station, the TV is wall mounted while the Danish credenza doubles as bar.
In the bedroom doorway, one savvy trick that I’ve first seen in Martha Stewart many years ago and absolutely loved: open shelving above doorways in the absence of an actual bookshelf or other forms of storage. Martha Stewart was suggesting this same technique for small bathrooms where you can store towels and toiletries by installing above the door shelves but this works equally well.
Another sleek modern chair and a fun lamp shade repurposed from a Japanese banner.
In the bedroom, the designer breaks the rules of decorating small spaces by opting for bold color, a ton of pattern and a massive canopy bed. I think it works beautifully!
The kitchen is kept open and airy with walls in Benjamin Moore’s Mountain Peak White and cute open shelving replacing upper cabinets.
Below, a beautiful pantry is an organized pantry. This applies for any space, large or small. Organizing shelves and keeping visual clutter out of sight is a good way to make any room feel larger.
I hope you enjoyed today’s tour and found some ideas for your own home. The original story appeared in House Beautiful and the beautiful photography is by Amy Neusinger. Have a wonderful start of your week!