This LA home shows how to do modern eclectic style perfectly - with a utility room of dreams


A 1950s bungalow in LA’s South Pasadena district. The one-storey property has an open-plan kitchen-diner, sitting room, three bedrooms, home office, three bathrooms, utility room and terrace. Dabito's home is a masterclass in modern eclectic style, with personality-filled corners at every turn. Each space is masterfully curated.


Dabito laid herringbone engineered flooring throughout the home - the kitchen flooring is where it is shown to its best advantage. But it's the green kitchen cabinet color which is the stand out here. The existing grey cabinetry and white metro tiles were banished in favour of a bold green colorwash.


Perhaps the most eye-popping spot is the dining room with its joyful clash of patterned wallpaper, mid-century shapes and lilac banquette seating. ‘I wasn’t sure what to do with that corner until I hit upon installing the nook,’ says Dabito. ‘Now it’s the most hard-working space in the house. I eat, read, work and even nap there.’


Linking the living areas to the bedrooms is a hallway corridor which is a visually wow moment. In fact, adding the arch was an instant game changer, giving the home the architectural interest Dabito was craving. 'Creating the archway was a time consuming job,' he says.


'Getting the main bedroom just right was one of the hardest reno challenges' says Dabito. The result, though, is a space with an open plan modern bathroom and cleverly positioned double vanity - not always doable in a relatively small space. 'Figuring out the best layout for a closet, toilet room and double sink, along with a large window was tough,' Dabito says.


The practical utility room  is a total joy - a haven of organised functionality. It features a freestanding, half-height dog shower, plus concealed storage that opens to reveal a flip-down ironing board.

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