You see it over and over again: people get a house and they immediately jump in and start changing it, ripping things out, buying furniture, redecorating. "Everyone wants the big reveal of a finished house as quickly as possible," said designer Jason Martin in this Apartment Therapy House Tour. But "that just never works." He and his partner Jon live in a 1932 two-floor apartment duplex in Longwood Highland, Los Angeles, and rather than change/update everything, they're letting the space develop a personality of its own. And the vintage kitchen is a result of this "letting things alone" philosophy.
As Jason tells Apartment Therapy,
I hate to say this, being a designer, but we really got lucky with the space. It's pretty great on its own. The house was built in 1932 and is streamline modern, so there isn't a lot of architecture but what's there is good. I like the way it's laid out, and there is a good flow for entertaining. We just had to make it ours and not step on any of the good stuff that already existed.
We love the wall of artwork seen peeking out in the room behind the kitchen cabinets. Jason and Jon mix a lot of modern with vintage pieces, and the artwork in their home is "the most personal element."
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(Images: Bethany Nauert)