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Brady’s Living Room Reveal

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Hey Folks, it’s me, Brady – and today we are back with another edition of Makeover Takeover. This time it is my turn. I’ve already taken you through the process of picking out my sofa, finding just the right credenza, choosing living room sconces, selecting the perfect grey (which actually wasn’t so perfect after all – thank goodness for Farrow and Ball’s Pavilion Grey for saving the day), swapping out my kitchen flooring for under $50 bucks, and refreshing my vintage bathroom . . . exhausted yet? Ya, so am I – but I did promise you folks a big living room reveal and have been teasing it for months, so today is the day, and the full reveal is finally here, MyDomaine also graciously wrote up a little feature on it which I am pinching myself over – so head over there if you are craving more. I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally have a finished living room (yep, that’s right. It is JUST the living room. I still have lots more content coming your way so don’t push the back button on your browser, or fall asleep on me yet). The fun is just beginning. Speaking of the beginning, let me take you back to what it used to look like.

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I know, I know. It really wasn’t that bad and in fact, the space, the light, the old character, and all the little charm of this place is really what made me so desperate to call this apartment mine. Previously I was living in a 3 bed/3 bath new-build in Brentwood with two of my best friends. When they moved on with their lives (marriage/new jobs) it was time for my single, lonely self to move on with mine. I spent months and months looking for the “perfect place” and saw over 20 apartments before I finally landed on this one. I made the appointment to see the apartment without even seeing any pics of the interior, but the cryptic landlord description and slightly sketchy craigslist ad had me at “original hardwoods” and “beamed ceilings.” It was love at first sight, and in my exact words to the landlord, “I am not leaving this apartment tonight until you let me sign the lease.” He thought I was crazy, I thought (and aggressively persuaded him) that I was the perfect tenant, and well it worked out, so once the place was mine it was time to get to work.

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I wanted the space to be a place I really wanted to live in. I wanted it to be casual, comfy, refined, masculine, and also an eclectic collection of what I already had been hoarding through my previous moves, mixed with some new pieces. I spend quite a bit of time in the space as it has so much light and is the main hub of the apartment, so it also needed to serve as a place where I could read through late night edits of Emily’s blog (don’t worry I am not writing this the night before it is scheduled to go up), hang with friends, and lounge around without having it feel too stuffy or uninviting like a formal living room. Basically a place where I could kick my shoes off and eat my Cheesecake Factory leftovers in peace, whilst watching garbage reality TV to my heart’s content. 

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The couch was one of my very first decisions and is still one of my favorites. It it is soft, velvety, and has survived many a take-out-spills. I ended up going with this dark grey velvet english roll arm from Interior Define to well 1.) repel food/drink stains as I am the messiest human on the planet, and 2.) bring a bit of the traditional architecture of the apartment into the decor. To play against the traditional sofa and the boho flokati rug (which was a very kind hand-me-down from Mrs. Henderson herself), I brought in this modern simple brass coffee table which also works with the other hits of brass that I have peppered throughout the room, and this black iron side table which is probably the most genius-ly designed side table ever (Sara also just informed me that genius-ly is not a word, so my apologies to all the grammar/english police that will probably tear apart my use of made-up words in the subsequent paragraphs). The art above the sofa is from German artist Michael Lentz who sells through Saatchi, and has some awesome work. I needed something very large (they are each 30″x40″) and graphic to play against the more traditional elements in the space, so these were the perfect pair. I had them framed by Framebridge using their Mercer Slim Frame and the float mount option. I am so happy with the way they turned out, and they still make me happy everyday.

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On top of the coffee table (other than my feet) I threw a few of my large art books to hold this stunning link piece by MQuan Ceramics, which brings in the creams from the rug as well as echoes the circular vibe of the Albini rattan ottomans and the coffee table. See what I did there, I am making up rules for why I did things and I didn’t even intend to! Again keeping with these new found rules and round objects I used the vintage ceramic dish to house some of my most recent polaroids. I keep a polaroid camera out in the living room with plenty of film so that when things get rowdy with my friends I can document it to later blackmail them. But in reality, I usually just end up with incriminating photos of myself that they snap. Regardless, it is a fun little place to keep them all safe and a great conversation starter when my parents come into town and start going through them unannounced.

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On the opposite side of the room I added these two leather club chairs. Let’s talk about these chairs for a moment. People are either repulsed by or in love with these leather club chairs. I was on the hunt for a pair of club chairs for a long time and I didn’t have the budget to go out and buy some perfectly worn and aged ones from Anthropologie, so I got scrappy with it. I scoured Craigslist, Chairish, eBay, and the LA streets every night after work for about 2 weeks until I found these guys. I remember showing them to Em and her looking at me like “who are you?… why did I hire you?… what in the world do you think you are going to do with those things?” She wasn’t wrong, they were in pretty bad shape, but I loved the bones of them, the squared off arms, and the fact that they were old and had a story. Apparently they date back to the 20s from an old speakeasy in Paris. Which most likely in eBay translation means they were made in the 1960s and had been sitting in a warehouse in Valencia. BUT, I am choosing to believe the former, and for $200 bucks for the pair I knew they had to be mine. I hired someone to deliver them from San Francisco (where they were located) down to my doorstep for $50, and they had a happy new home. I fixed them up a bit and patched them here and there so that guests weren’t too afraid to take a seat in them, but I kept them pretty original to the way that I found them.

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Tucked behind them I set up a little barcart area. I hadn’t intended to put a barcart in my living room as I didn’t want to perpetuate the fact that there are already 1.6789 gazillion images of styled barcarts floating around on pinterest, but after I found this simple (and again circular) barcart in gold I knew it was the perfect size and shape to fill that area.

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It mostly holds dust and fancy liquor that me or my friends never drink, but hey at least you now know I am prepared to whip up a fancy Manhattan for Martha Stewart in style when she comes over. The art below the sconces was inherited from Em’s prop closet for this shoot but will be up on the flea very soon so be sure to check back before I buy it for myself. Then those sconces above the barcart, which are also spaced around the room, are from Ceder and Moss and were such a good solution as this room had no overhead lighting and just 4 wall sconces. They produce just the right amount of light, what with their double glowing spheres and all. I am a big fan of having too much light in a room and then throwing every light switch on a dimmer. It is a trick that has worked for me, and I am always able to create that soft amber glow that seems to fill the room with just the right amount of light and still hide the dark bags under my eyes. Any light that makes you and your room more beautiful is a win win in my opinion.

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Just past the barcart is the little doorway that leads into my kitchen/dining area. It is almost done (I promise), just waiting on a few pieces of art as I am doing a massive floor to ceiling gallery wall on all the walls (which was originally inspired by my first real adult piece of art – that huge piece you see in the center), but you know I love teasing you with sneak peeks, so here you go.

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In case you are wondering about the other items in this room, and can’t wait for the full reveal you can check out the table, chairs, and chandelier through their links. All the art and the full tour will be coming up on the blog very soon, so stay tuned.

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Directly opposite the barcart I have this vintage oversized steamer trunk that I actually found during a street clean up and brought home with me. I absolutely never open it as it smells like a combination of American Horror Story Season 6 and my great great grandmothers silk pajamas, but I love the craftsmanship and detail of it so I am keeping it. On top of it is where I house my record player and my curated collection of records. Who I am kidding – in reality that is where my huge TV goes. Sorry guys, I really did try to make it work in the shot but a huge black TV just doesn’t scream “I work for Emily Henderson, ” so I borrowed my BF’s record player and collection of records, and threw them up there instead. He is much fancier than I am, and obviously has better taste in music. I absolutely love the way it looks and would love to keep it there all the time but sadly “Stranger Things” is still on my Netflix cue so that is calling my name more than a Fleetwood Mac vinyl.

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For all the pillows and textiles I kept it pretty monochromatic and neutral. I am actually obsessed with these oversized cotton pillows that are made in India so I ended up getting every single size of them and using them on the couch. Then for the curtains I went with a simple linen drape which is a very similar shade to the grey stripe in the rug as well as the grey velvet on the couch so it helps to pull that tone throughout the room.

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Last but not least, we have the entry area (which I probably should have started with in the tour). Despite the the magic that Zeke managed to capture in this image, this little space is very small and very dark which is why I went with this epic chandelier. It has 12 lights and, once again as I mentioned before, is on a dimmer so that I can create as much light as I want. It is always about half way dimmed but it fills the space with so much light and I love the geometric and modern feel that it brings to the archway that it hangs in.

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And just because we all love a good Renée Zellweger pre and post operation moment before and after, I have pulled together these side by sides to show you the reason we love a good makeover here on the blog.

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Pretty crazy right? I am very much into this corner and shot Zeke captured. Hey Martha, wanna have a cocktail?

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So what do you think? Who wants to come over for a glass of vino and marathon “Stranger Things” with me while we stuff our faces with Cheesecake Factory? In the meantime head on over to MyDomaine, where they have pulled together a fun little story on the space and check out this full get the look with almost everything in the room linked up. If there is anything I forgot let me know in the comments below and I would be happy to share the link with you guys.

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1. Stripe Pom Pom Pillow | 2. Colorblock Pom Pom Pillow | 3. Black Pom Pom Pillow | 4. Framed Abstract Art | 5. White Task Lamp | 6. Side Table | 7. Double Ball Sconce | 8. Sofa | 9. Coffee Table | 10. Area Rug | 11. Sheepskin Rug | 12. Rattan Ottoman | 13. Throw Blanket | 14. Snowflake Chandelier | 15. Bar Cart | 16. Table Lamp  | 17. Chainlink Sculpture | 18. Bust Sculpture | 19. Antlers | 20. Credenza | 21. Leather Basket | 22. White Vase | 23. Pedestal Planter | 24. Farrow and Ball Pavilion Grey Paint Color | 25. Curtain Rod | 26. Drapes | 27. Double Task Lamp | 28. Woven Chair | 29. Gold Accent Table

Photographs by Zeke Ruelas, Designed, Styled, and Written by Yours Truly – Brady Tolbert

Check out more posts from Brady: Brady Gives a Refresh To His Vintage Bathroom, Brady Picks A Credenza, Brady Picks A Gray Paint, Brady’s DIY Peel And Stick Kitchen Flooring (for under $50),  Brady Picks Some Lighting.

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  1. Brady, I love your style. Your home is beautiful. Despite the club chairs, (or maybe because of them) I totally believe Emily hired the right guy. What a beautiful room!

  2. What a wonderful makeover! You have excellent taste and I love your sweet confessional about the TV vs. record player.

    1. I think it looks truly amazing- casual, comfortable and elegant!!

  3. Brady. It’s. Stunning.

    The attention to detail and keeping a cohesive feeling and consistent color/shape scheme is outstanding. Bravo!

    Also, I for one love the texture and history that those armchairs bring to the space.

    Can’t wait to see your finished kitchen and whatever else you’re willing to show us. Keep up the fantastic work!

  4. Amazing. i think you really did pick the right pieces for every spot in the living room. the club chairs, i totally would not sit in those even though you did patch it up but kept it true to the original. that couch is spot on.

    1. Seriously. This room is beautiful and the chairs do add a certain “something.” But, I would never sit on those chairs. They look terrifying. 🙂 (but nicely zhuzhed)

  5. So what grey did you end up choosing?

    1. I went with Pavillion Gray by Farrow and Ball! I love it so much

  6. Love it! Can’t imagine what the club chairs looked like before you “patched” them, but after a visit to that stunning bar cart, I thik I’d be able to take a seat;) I love the masculinity of the space, but also the quieter colors and textures throughout. All too often I see scantily clad women on walls, and the dudes you’ve collected are a breath of fresh air. I really like your style and writing voice, so thanks for that.

  7. So – I LOVE your style (and Emily’s too, of course), so this is definitely not a criticism… just something I couldn’t un-see and gave me a little chuckle… At first I was questioning if I should share this comment, as it might come off wrong… but then I saw your notes about American Horror Story Season 6 and Stranger Things, and I thought this might be just your thing 😉 When I saw the leather chairs… my first thought… was The Conjuring 2… If you haven’t seen it, you might need to, just so you can appreciate that reference LOL I don’t think I’d have the guts to have something with such a mysterious past in my own home, but I LOVE that you do 😉 My favs have to be that couch (LOVE me some Interior Define and wanted to lay on every.single.couch in their store when I finally got to visit a couple months back), and of course those pillows, blanket, and that ingenious iron side table – LOVE… (Minor side note – that picture over the bar cart… with the ass-less undies – totally gave me a cheeky chuckle LOL) All that said – Beautiful as always, chairs and all 😀

    1. I am gonna have to check it out! But you are right…. I much prefer the cushy couch to the chairs to sit on, but I love the texture and warmth that the chairs still bring in. xx B

  8. Brady, I’m soo glad you are a part of the EHD team as you bring some much needed masculine and art deco flavor to your designs. One of the true testaments to Emily’s skills is who she chooses to surround herself with and who she can bring into the circle. I’ve always said that was what separates the successful from the not-so-successful. The content wouldn’t be near as wonderful as it is without your and Orlando’s posts. I’d love to see even more diversity in the team as it grows.

  9. Love it! Would move in immediately. But you don’t know me, so that would be weird.

    I too would love to know the gray that you ended up with and what made you switch from your previous decision. The gray that is there now is beautiful and I would love to see if a sample would work in our house. Thank you!

    1. It is linked up in the get the look, but it is Pavillion Gray by Farrow and Ball. It is the perfect gray in my opinion. Not too dark, not too light and has a lot of depth. Definitely get a sample pot and try it out. xx B

  10. Brady! What I lovely, put-together, non-stuffy, totally inviting place! Your style is impeccable and so approachable; I want to lounge on that sofa and enjoy the tone on tone calmness. As for the club chairs… sixteen years ago I was on vacation in Tucson and saw to fab leather club chairs with lots of “character.” They, too, were, allegedly, from Paris. I fell in love but, back then, they were $2,000 and I lived in New York, so…. no, I didn’t get them. I still think about them! I love yours and think they imbue the place with a serious amount of… something. I would choose to sit in them just to feel the worn leather. Great execution!

  11. Either I’ve been reading too much of stylebyemilyhenderson.com or you and I are the same person… We just recently moved into our new (old) house that we’ve spent the past 14 months gutting and remodeling (it was previously abandoned for 20 years), so I’m on a mission to decorate the entire thing, starting with the living room. So the reason for the first comment is that this room is literally the spitting image of what I planned to do – from the gray sofa to the leather club chairs to the brass accents to the rattan ottoman – thank you for such a gorgeous example of how it’ll all look together. :))

    1. You have to share some pictures of it once you start pulling it together… we would love to see it! xx

  12. Brady, I love your style, your home, and most of all, your personality that shines through in your writing. Keep it coming!
    Rachel
    http://www.thimblecollection.com

  13. Wow…. Absolutely amazing and gorgeous! And Love the club chairs, reminds me of the RH deconstructed chairs… Adds great texture to the room.

  14. Be still my heart! This is sooo good! Your whole facelift has been insanely bangin so why am i jaw-dropped in awe? Ahhhh!!!!!! I love it so much! Bravo Brady. Bravo!

  15. Not only do you have amazing style and taste, you’re hilarious. Great post! Love that brass cart.

    1. Thank you, Thank you! You have to go pick it up, it is too good (and inexpensive) not too. xx

      1. Ditto Cat’s comment. I was laughing the whole time! It looks awesome and cozy!!

    2. I agree with you.

  16. bravo brady… this is AMAZING… love everything… it’s masculine, welcoming, stylish but not overly-styled! the perfect home and as a fellow-renter i am in awe!

  17. Just lovely, your personality and style come through while not obliterating that great old LA /Spanish revival space. Kudos!

  18. Oh my god!! This is trendy while also being exciting and original and unexpected and ahhhh! I love those trashed chairs. I love the go big or go home art. I LOVE IT.

  19. Have to say, Brady, the room looks nice but I’m a little disappointed about the TV! You may think it’s “Not very Emily Henderson” to show a huge black TV but I actually think Emily’s strength is showing real, lived-in spaces, and helping everyone figure out HOW to incorporate their TVs – would have loved to see a little of that here.

    Otherwise a lovely room!

  20. First Ginny, now Brady, you guys are coming out with some great makeovers!!

    It looks great, Brady! You have a definite point of view (as they used to say on Project Runway). I confess the club chairs make me a little nervous, but it is an interesting and cohesive look! I want that sofa!

  21. What a gorgeous living room! I’m trying to slowly redecorate my bedroom, and while it’s much smaller than your living area, there’s so much inspiration I can take from this post, so thank you. I have a question though…. In the third set of Before & Afters, there’s a light switch and a rod thingy on the wall next to the entry to the living room. What did you end up doing with that? And are you going to re-paint the front door when you move? I’m a renter too, so I’m always curious how people get around that stuff to make a space their own!

    1. It actually is still there but Zeke worked his photoshop magic and took it out just for picture as it was intersecting some of the stuff in the room very weird and also has a massive smoke alarm attached to it. When I move (which I don’t plan on doing anytime soon) I will probably leave the walls and door the same color. Depending on your landlord and the laws around you the landlord technically has to repaint everything if you move out and you have lived there more than 2 years, so that cost would be absorbed by him…. hope that helps!
      xx
      B

  22. loooove the planters next to the record player, where are they from?? can you please do a roundup of modern planters??

    1. I picked them up from West Elm and CB2. We can definitely add the modern planters request to our potential blog post list! Thanks
      xx
      B

  23. As long as you don’t sit on the arms of the chairs in the nude you should be ok. I love the sofa too! Great job!
    Tings

  24. Absolute perfection, Brady. And I love those chairs! Cheers, Ardith

  25. Seriously love everything about it. It looks so finished and grown up. Great job, Brady!

    1. I love everything about your new apartment, including the storied club chairs. However, the closeup reveals that the chairs are in rather rough shape, so that the more sensitive of your guests may hesitate to sit on them. There is a product called Masta Plasta, available at Amazon, which you might want to use to cover a few of the gaping holes in the leather. I used them on a leather chair to which I was overly attached, and they worked wonders. Yes, they show, and the chair will still look worn out. However, the stuffing will stay inside, and no one will snag or tear their clothing, while enjoying the chair. I know you will spend many years loving your fabulous apartment, and I am wowed by your style.

  26. OMG. It’s AMAZING. And you are hilarious. I LOVE the makeover takeover series. So excited there is even more to be revealed in your beautiful home. Thanks to all of you for the constant inspiration! It makes my day.

  27. Amazing work, Brady! Not only are you a fantastic designer, you are a GREAT writer. Would love to see your voice featured more regularly! I loved those ‘behind the scenes’ posts you used to share. Enjoy your space, and the cheesecake!

    1. Ditto on everything! 🙂

    2. I second what Courtney said. I absolutely loved reading this post! Your writing style was so enjoyable. It showed off your personality, which in turn, enhances your design sense. Love it!

  28. Beautifully done, Brady! I may be grossed out by the stuffing come out of the chairs but I also totally see why you love them. The leather is perfectly aged and the bones are great. Loving this whole room! I would love to hear why the other gray didn’t work out. (Wasn’t it darker?)

    1. It was much darker and once I had the dark walls, dark couch, dark credenza and dark drapes it really started feeling so small and closed in. Since I had all those dark elements I chose to brighten it up with the wall color which then ended up making everything pop that was up against them! I love the way it is now, but also am a big fan of dark colors in the right rooms.
      xx
      B

  29. Did you photoshop out the smoke alarm and light switch in before&after 3?
    Or did you get said things rewired & moved?

    1. It was photoshopped out for the final shots actually!

  30. It looks amazing. You made it feel cozy yet elegant. That sofa looks so inviting and the Acapulco chair is my favorite! Beautiful work Brady!

  31. Brady,

    It is really beautiful. I love how masculine it is and neutral with tons of texture. I live with all boys so this has become my style. I love the leather chairs. I think they bring a relaxed vibe that will make people feel at ease. Bother wise it might look too perfect. U have a strong and inherent style and your apartment reflects that. Congrats.

  32. WOW – I am in LOVE with your living room so I felt compelled to comment. Absolutely gorgeous! I love how it feels masculine but still polished and inviting. Simply stunning, I’m blown away 🙂

  33. Love this! Did you paint your walls? If so, what color?

    1. It is Farrow and Ball’s Pavilion Gray. It is so good in person, I love it
      xx
      B

  34. Where is your TV?

  35. Oh what I’d give to see it with your TV!! Yes, I know they are eyesores but its a necessity.
    And I’m sure yours looks fabulous. I will be patiently stalking your IG for a peak…..

  36. Even though it’s not my style, your apartment is gorgeous — very well put together — with the right balance of old and new. I especially appreciate the side-by-side before and after photos. Not many designers plan ahead and take the before photos. You have succeeded in creating a grown-up, masculine space that reflects your taste (isn’t it wonderful to not have roommates whose taste has to be incorporated?!) Great job! Thank you for opening your home! (As others have said, I, too, enjoy your “voice” in your posts.)

  37. Love it and love the switch up to the lighter gray paint color! But I’m mostly commenting to say definitely watch Stranger Things ASAP! Sooo good. I wanted to immediately restart it after I finished.

  38. Great job, Brady! I love the chairs to look at, but I would probably be too nervous to sit on them. I love that you used them because you love them though! If you love something, there’s always a way to make it work.

  39. Bravo Brady!!! I love how it turned out. Perfectly masculine, styled, and gorg!! And I 100% support the club chairs, they are my favorite part.

  40. BRADY!! I love your living room! I love the monochromatic color palette and those chairs don’t frighten or disgust me. If I had lots of disposable income I would totes hire you to do my living room. You are living my living room dream. Can’t wait to see the kitchen.

  41. I thought you could only use blue to work for Emily! I kid, as half my house is blue too.
    Great job, Brady! Love it all. Antlers on fireplace my favorite.

  42. Brady! I just wanted to share with you that I LOVE IT! You are amazing!

  43. Brady, how do you like that sofa? I’ve been eyeing the same one at Interior Define. Is it comfy?

    1. I’m curious as well! I’m ready to jump on that couch, but would love to hear a review from someone who’s had it for awhile.

  44. I love this room very much and you’ve done a wonderful job. I’m full of admiration and awe and brightens my already bright day

  45. Beautiful and I love the chairs! The pottery picture bowl is such a great touch…what a lovely home you’ve created. Congratulations!

  46. Love it! What’s the deal with rentals in the US – do you have long leases? Here in Australia 12 months is generally the longest term you can sign up for (you might stay longer) so not many people would put this much effort in to making their home as gorgeous as you have, which I think is a real shame. I would love to have longer leases in place so that people could feeling housing secure. Instead, landlords in Australia are OBSESSED with the capital gain they will make on their property because real estate prices are insane here. Currently the average house in Sydney costs 12X the average wage. Sigh. Anyway – awesome makeover!!

  47. SO good!!!! I love every single detail… even the funky chairs. What a perfectly curated space with a ton of character and stories to tell. LOVE.

    1. nice post thanks adfmin good post

  48. AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH BRADY FOR PRESIDENT!

  49. Brady. What a marvelous job you have done with the living room! The first thing that caught my eye was that wonderfully round barcart, as the spaces I have to work with are very linear (not my style at all), and always need more curves. Oh and btw? You need the guy pic above the barcart even if Martha Stewart never comes over; the guys will, and they’ll all love it!!! Grab it now before it goes on the Flea; I’m sure Emily won’t mind. Loved every single thing you did to make this your own place. Simple, elegant, refined, and very very classy. Now I love leather; are those chairs comfy??? They sure do tell a story, as does your entire apt. Thx for a very inspirational (and funny!) post. Glad you’re enjoying your ‘new’ home!!! Thank you for sharing it with the masses!

  50. It looks fabulous! And your writing style is very funny. Can’t wait to see/read more!

  51. Brady,

    Love it ALL!

    Have you used window film on the windows? Can you tell me about it, please?

  52. I love it when awesome things are in my price range. I am going to go get that adorable blanket (13) to cozy up my home for fall. It’s perfect!!!!

    You have great style. I love the club chairs. I wish I still lived in LA area and we could be BFF’s. Your writing voice is so fun! It makes me feel as if I am your BFF who just got invited to watch Netflix and eat leftovers with you in your impeccably styled and comfortable apartment before or after going out…

  53. I absolutely LOVE what you’ve done. Those chairs may not be for everyone but they are right down my alley. They add texture, and that much needed old patina, love them!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the dining room because it looks incredible. I’m a bit worried that I might be turning into a man because I’m more and more drawn to masculine interiors lately 😀

    1. Everyone loves what you guys are usually up too. Such clever work and exposure! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve added you guys to my own .

  54. Brady!!!!! This is just awesome! I love the couch, your Speakeasy (ha) chairs, and your amazing styling on the credenza. WOW!!!!!

  55. Brady, it’s what living room dreams are made of! I love everything about it, especially the worn leather chairs. I do wish though that you weren’t ashamed to show your tv situation. Designers have televisions too, and the design blog community could totally benefit from a little more reality. After all, interior design is intended to be not only aesthetically pleasing, but first and foremost functional for its inhabitant. Anyhoo, amazing job, Brady. It’s like I picked up a copy of ‘House Beautiful’, totally magazine worthy!

  56. Beautiful job! Is that a Warren Platner table between the leather armchairs? Love it!!!

  57. Brady, you outdid yourself. This is Stunning! congrats.

    1. I agree! This looks great! It’s slightly different than what we normally see which is refreshing and it’s neat to see a masculine spin!

  58. Love your living room! Where is the wire side table between the two leather club chairs from?

  59. I think this room is awesome. I love the club chairs. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the curtains. I feel like a dark velvet, navy or black, or a white linen curtain would look better. For some reason I don’t like the look of dark linen. Black velvet curtains might look really cool. Those kitchen chairs are really cool. I also love your couch.

  60. You crushed it!

    Love the old leather chairs!

  61. 1. Your landlord has to be loving you as a renter. If you ever move it’s in WAY better condition than you got it in. It looks like you even had the floors polished!

    2. I’m like you with the chairs, but my husband is so repulsed by old things 🙁

    3. Pls share where the hang thingy came from in the entry way. Looks 2 tiered and perfect for my house!

    4. Totally get the move on the TV but I’d kinda love to see how it is IRL.

    xo

  62. Terrific space you’ve created. Your apartment reminds me of some of the sets from classic b&w films..it has such great bones & character & you’ve evoked that old Hollywood Golden Era glamour with a touch of Hemingway. Adding the warmth of the leather club chairs -which I would totally sit on while having brandy from your “dusty bar” ? & those sexy brass pieces balances & softens all the grays & monochrome. And, those cool plants have such personality. 🙂

    1. Pretty sure I just pinned 75% of the items in your room. Great job!!

  63. I LOVE it. So nice, Brady! And I’m a fan of the chairs.

  64. Beautiful design! The images are so crisp and clear. I’ve had a lot of trouble taking photos of my interiors. What kind of camera was used to take these photos?

  65. Where has this reveal been all my life? Love it. Love the velvet couch. Love/hate the beat up leather club chairs from the speakeasy in Paris (actually I think it was a cabaret in Berlin). the semi-nude behind the bar makes me giggle. Never saw one with the jock strap before (shy life studies model?), Love the lights and all the brass.

    And love knowing the phonograph and curated record collection get subbed out for a TV in real life. Can’t wait to see the kitchen.

  66. Hi Brady!

    LOVE your living room! I work for Aesthetic Movement, the company that represents Injiri (your beloved pillows) in the US- I was so excited (and yeah, a little proud) to see them incorporated into such a beautiful design! I manage the Atlanta showroom, but we also have a showroom in LA on Broadway. I noticed that Ginny had some of our pillows from Sir/Madam in her living room so you may already have paid us a visit but if not you should check us out! And please, keep spinning out the awesome content- this is my favorite blog, by far! xoxo

  67. Where are your white mugs from? They are super cute and I want them. Oh yeah, and the rest of your place looks great!

  68. Brady- your place is so impressive, great work!

    http://www.shopthecoconutroom.com

  69. I almost spit out my water when I read “I absolutely never open it as it smells like a combination of American Horror Story Season 6 and my great great grandmothers silk pajamas”.

    Great job on the writing and the design!!! This is why the blog is my favorite thing on the internet. You are amazing, Brady!

  70. Love the room. You won’t have to “hide” the TV for long…Panasonic has a prototype TV that turns into CLEAR glasss when not in use. Won’t that be AhhhhSum!?!?!?!

  71. Brady, what a lovely room! There are so many details to love…sofa, sconces, all the small details. I can just see you eating Cheesecake Factory and watching Stranger Things. If I didn’t live in Kuwait, I’d love to accept your invitation. Thank you for bringing your personal style to your blog entries. The tone is great and it only adds to the feel-good vibe Emily and the rest of her team create.

  72. Good post….. I have been searching this kind of post… thank you

  73. Were you actually able to remove the electric box from the wall (2nd to last before and after shot) or is that Photoshop magic?

    Absolutely love the gray you chose for your door. And a beautiful gray on the walls. Love the Polaroid idea so much.

  74. The geometric plant stand type of things on your cactus are very cool and probably very helpful! Where are those from!? Or was it a diy? LOVE the whole room!

  75. A Stranger Things marathon and a glass of wine in that incredible apartment sounds absolutely ideal! I love that couch; it looks so comfortable, yet so stylish – and it’s such a beautifully rich gray. And I love the idea of keeping a catch-all tray for polaroids on your coffee table. Effortlessly stylish.

  76. very funny bradys living room reveal nice post.

  77. What a lovely curated space with a ton of character and stories to tell. LOVE.

  78. LOVE this! My apartment is a similar style and I want to use a lot of these details, if that’s ok! Do you have the approximate measurements for your walls, out of curiosity. Thank you!!

  79. Hi Bradly, great job! I love savouring and devouring your posts, I only wish they were longer. Your design decisions I love remind me of a tame Kelly Wearstler with more breathing room…..love the risk you took with the leather chairs, plus the use of your natural materials, no wonder that cane footstool is a classic. Thanks again!!! Great job!!!

  80. Where is the white floor lamp next to the sofa from? Must say I love your style and daring do with those chairs….Excellent choices and especially love that yo went with gold.

  81. I looked this room, look, comments, just everything ! What I want to know is where is the coffee table from. Must find something similar. Thanks so much!

  82. Brady, you nailed it……I must say I didn’t notice the roughness of chairs until I read your words. At closer look they a
    re pretty mmmmm what’s the word. Never mind you know! Can you repair the arms? I do agree they are solid and work well in the space. Yet, I think I would have passed, maybe not after being told they’re from the 20’s 🙂

    I certainly hope you bought the painting of half naked man, bar area would
    not be the same.

  83. So late in the game in reading this post but had to comment. The room is beautiful — down to every little detail! Would you be able to provide paint colors/details?

    Thank you!

  84. So so late commenting but YOU HAVE TO RESPOND TO ME..you put your feet up on your coffee table?? Doesn’t the ledge cut into your ankles? That’s the first thing I noticed since I always like to put my feet up on stuff. The whole room is so good though!

  85. Thanks for the info.

  86. What color paint did you use for the front door?

  87. I LOVE the room and what you’ve done. However! I would have painted the beams white and used brass curtain rods. I would be one of those who could not sit in those gorgeous chairs but I totally get the IDEA of their distressed situation…I think I would take them to an apolsterer and have them redo just the arm panels and whatever other panels where stuffing shows using matching distressed leather. That way, you still get a screaming bargain and keep the ultra loved look, just without the ick factor. Over all, love it so much.

  88. What I lovely, put-together, non-stuffy, totally inviting place! Your style is impeccable and so approachable; I want to lounge on that sofa and enjoy the tone on tone calmness. As for the club chairs… sixteen years ago I was on vacation in Tucson and saw to fab leather club chairs with lots of “character.

  89. Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.