Collection by Linda Taalman

Hollywood Renovation: Week 8


In this exclusive series for, Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch Architecture tracks the hands-on renovation of her and her partner's live-work space in Hollywood, California. Week 8: Furnishing the living area.

As noted by previous tenants, living in Ellwood’s Courtyard apartments is a constant source of pleasure. Even when we are busy working we are enjoying the space. One of our main strategies in furnishing the living area is the use of natural materials to soften the space and keep things as elemental as the building. The ground floor in the back functions as an informal living room, which doubles as overflow workspace. It needed to be a comfortable place to sit and for people to gather around the fireplace; it had to work for both live and work; and it also had to be durable and able to stand up to kids. This week we are primarily focusing on furnishing the living space, with a little help from two of our favorite furniture and lifestyle shops in Los Angeles: Tortoise and Specific. Both shops provide an aesthetically tuned eye and present unique one-of-a-kind objects, art and furniture pieces that are handcrafted, beautiful and affordable. The other major feature in our living space is the artwork, with our good friend Uta Barth’s photos as the centerpiece.

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The Ellwood interior is lined with douglas fir tongue-and-groove boards.
The main furniture pieces are from Tortoise.
The Ny rocking chair is perfect for working with your laptop, too, when you need a break from the desk.
We bought the couch right out of the Tortoise shop, which is filled with beautiful objects, mostly from Japan but not...
We also created a customized furniture piece—a storage unit along a wall in the living area.
For about $170 we had two boards cut to the length of our modular steel cubes.
The modular steel cubes are a very inexpensive and expandable solution for shelving and storage, at $50 a cube.
One of the great details in the Courtyard Apartments is the cantilevered stair.
The round felt pouf and tatami cushions enable close fireside gathering.
At night we sit by the fire.
By day the coffee table doubles as a play surface.
At the moment we are into building marble mazes and ramp structures, and setting up obstacles to knock down.
The coffee table is highly kid friendly. Its good to have a coffee table that can’t hurt you, and vice versa.
Often the couch doubles as a parkour course—which we also don’t have to worry about.
To soften the concrete floors we have a large felt rug from Peace Industry, designed by Melina Rassnia.
A source for great handcrafted objects and furniture, many of them locally made, is the gallery/shop Specific, owned...
The pink striped Overwashed Ombre cushions by Kate Samphier, from Specific, give a little color to the neutral grounds,...
Now that all the elements are in harmony, we can finally relax.