ADAM'S DOWNTOWN LA LOFT

30 January 2013



















































Hello, my vintage vultures. Today, I'm taking you on a fantastic tour of a Downtown Los Angeles home. This rad place belongs to
Adam Pogue aka mrpoguemahone. He's a super talented fella. We met through blogging and after following his home adventures on instagram, I messaged him out of the blue one day and said, "I want to photograph the shit out of your place. Thanks." Haha. My heart is simply aching for all his DIY and upcycled projects, like his indigo patchwork sofa. It reminds me of Japanese Boro textiles from the 19th century. It's absolutely beautiful. I love that everything in his home feels like it's made with love. Every piece feels incredibly personal because Adam finds ways to add his personal touch to it, like knitting a quilt for his record player. Why didn't I think of doing that to mine? That's so good. I left his home utterly inspired. I admire his DIY skills and I applaud him for not being afraid of using walls as a canvas to create art, and also bringing the outdoors in. Can we say, Jungalow?! Adam's home is fun, whimsical and filled with art and soul. I can't get enough of it. I would like to have my housewarming there. Ha! Anyway, enough chatter from me, I'll let Adam fill you in on his creative stories. Take it away, Adam!

I moved to Downtown LA three years ago and have never met my landlord. I responded to a craigslist ad that had been posted for a while. He gave me the code to the lock box and I would come here at different times of day, or night, and just hang out. I moved from a duplex in Boyle Heights that was kind of classic LA. It had an original Batchelder tile fireplace and built-ins and pocket doors, which were amazing, but I felt like I needed to respect those details and create space around them. I ended up wanting a space that wasn't so specific, so I loaded my Scion Xb and headed over the bridge.

The space has gone through several transformations in the last few years. For a time, I had an IKEA bookshelf separating the "bedroom" from the rest of the space. I replaced that with curtain panels that I sewed together and dip-dyed. They're not a solid separation, but they create an intimate space that feels separate.

I also created the rolling ottoman and benches for the TV and under the windows. The ottoman is upholstered in dyed black canvas and has a washable quilted top (I have two cats). The benches are 10' x 12' dark stained doug fir on plumbing pipe frames. They used to be stacked with books on the lower level and the TV on top, but I wanted a bench, so I separated them. The wall behind the TV is stucco on masonry. I'm not so comfortable with hanging things in masonry, so my boyfriend (at the time) had painted a beautiful chevron pattern, which I recently re-painted.

I got the couch in an "as-is" section of a local shop like 10 years ago for $150. It's huge and comfortable and I like the shape of it, so when it needed an update (and re-upholstering was too pricey) I ended up patch-working over the original upholstery. It took me a year of random hours with scrap fabric and spare time to cover most of the visible surfaces. I recently started re-covering the re-covering.

I also ended up painting the credenza and replaced the legs with wheels so I can easily roll it away for projects, or gatherings, that require more space. I originally made the hanging above the bed as a knotted fleece rug and the sconces on either side are upside-down plant pots with rope-wrapped wiring.

I found the glass coffee table and my workspace shelving at St. Vincent de Paul's (amazing thrift store) for $85 all together. The desk and the bench (between the "bedroom") I got at a vintage shop, and used The Brick House refinishing method. And the plants! Some I've had for years, but most are from clippings. The stacked plants in the living room are attached to a drainpipe from the roof through the apartment

As for the rest, I try to choose things I love. I generally enjoy old, handmade and well designed pieces. I set aside spaces for things that are sentimental. Kind of shrines in a way.

I guess I feel a home should be as beautiful and unique as you are!

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39 comments:

  1. Bloomin' heck, such a captivating space! Amazing photography too- I simply adore the bedroom image. Chloe x

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  2. plants, fabrics, animals, concrete floor...
    looks like there's everything i like in his loft !

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  3. Gah, those dipped pink curtains are doin' it for me BIG time. Great snaps, as per, pal!

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  4. This space is remarkable—I saw it on AT way back when, and I'm so glad to revisit it in all of your beautiful photos.

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  5. i love his loft! it's so beautiful. of course you made it extra special thru ur lens!

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  6. omg- i'm so jealy! i've loved his place since i saw it on AT awhile back- so jealy you got to see it in person!! great pics!

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  7. Beautiful house and great pictures. I love the handmade elements and I love, love, love the hanging over the bed!

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  8. wow! what a comfortably gorgeous space. & love how you reached out to him. so dabito of you! ;)

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  9. completely and utterly inspired. thank you for this feature! adam is such a talent! the mural, i die!

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  10. I can't get enough of this place either!! I've blogged about it before too, when there was the dividing bookshelf. This place is so inspiring, I want to fill my place with more and more plants now, and textile-y wall hangings.

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  11. Terrific place that you photographed Dab! I need to go thrifting again for some great finds...

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  12. holy crap...ease up on the hanging plants, it looks like my aunt kim's house.

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  13. Thanks everyone! So happy you guys are loving Adam's home just as much as I do. Can't wait to do more home tours for you guys!

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  14. Lovin' it - that couch, agh!! Visvim makes/made a vest thing out of boro textiles, or recreation boro textiles, and I love it. Also, do you read apartamento? You should totally shoot for them, you'd be a perfect fit...he said without having anyone's contact information to share :/

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  15. What an adventure Adam's home is! A great example of how to create a space that speaks to who you are. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Gorgeous space, and you really did photograph the shit out of it! :) Love the mix of hard and soft, and how much greenery he's brought in. I'm dying over the wall color behind the bed.

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  17. Your photos...as usual...gah. Why do I even bother!

    Photo Editor position? Yours.

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  18. Love the color of the wall behind the bed. Any idea what color it is?

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  19. This space is just inspiring. Though my place isn't similar, I feel spurred on to adapt some of the ideas here. Thanks!

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  20. As soon as I saw the macrame hanging I said to myself, this person has an old soul. I love the comfort of the space.

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  21. I love the display boxes on the walls and, well, everything!

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  22. I love it...especially that deep geeny/blue colour on some of the walls....could you find out what it is.?

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  23. I love it! Really really lovely home. Talented man. That sofa, it's so wonderful and it's great to see that one recycle also. Very cosy and lot of interesting details. And you've phtographed the place so well! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Can you tell us more about the deep blue colour on the wall?

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  25. hi! thanks everyone! the wall color is behr: marine magic!

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  26. this flat is gorgeous and truly inspiring. i love that fact that he is not afraid to mix things and colours. if only i were a bit brave!

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  27. I have fallen in love. With a home. Adam, will you marry me so that your home and I can live together in bliss?

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  28. So in love with this space! When can I move in? :P

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  29. Keep it up, and I will be back for more.

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  30. This is a great article. I love how unique your decorations are. I never have seen an apartment that looked like this. My wife and I are buying decorations for our house and we also have a unique style like this. I love the jean patch couch and the colorful rug you hung above your bed. We recently have been trying to find curbside mailboxes that are unique and that will brighten up the exterior of the house. If you have any suggestions please do tell.

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  31. why are you so coooool. i love your apartment!! you're very creative sir :)

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  32. Hi, Dabito! This vintage images of home design are very nice and clean and reminds me for 1960 and 1970's. Great :)

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