Inspired by the long history of artists seeking a creative retreat in our local Venice Beach community, Electric Bowery had the pleasure of partnering with clients who share deep roots in the arts, and were looking to create an inspired compound of their own. The relationship began with the exploration of various potential project sites, with the consideration of both new construction and renovation projects. The goal was to find the perfect combination of open area and urban energy, to create a strong balance between interior and exterior spaces.

The site that was ultimately selected was an oversized Venice lot that provided the flexibility to design a home with a unique program including accessory spaces for art, yoga, and meditation, without sacrificing ample exterior living space. Early precedents were taken from Hacienda style architecture and modern ‘family compound’ layouts, with an emphasis on an interior layout that would unfold into the gardens, bringing light and air into the living spaces.

Laced together by limestone and vein-cut travertine finishes that carry from the exterior of the buildings and hardscape to interior architectural moments, custom steel windows frame each view between spaces with thoughtful intention.

Upon entry through the front gates, the property is perceived as a contained sanctuary within surrounding courtyard walls, with meandering gardens connected by architectural cornerstones and passageways. All landscaping including select specimen trees – two large olives and one exceptionally large jacaranda – is by LA-based Terremoto, softening the built environment. The warm white tones and textures of the architecture provide a clean canvas to highlight the lush garden design.

Custom crafted millwork throughout the home in bleached oak and an indigo-ebony finish, all designed by Electric Bowery, are paired with an unexpected yet classic consideration of interior finishes and fixtures.

The simplicity in architectural form is elevated through careful detailing to ensure that the intended composition of the home is kept intact through all material transitions. A variety of Apparatus Studio fixtures serve not only as functional lighting sources but also sculptural design elements.

Interior plaster finishes in warm whites, subtle blush tones, and bolder turquoise bring an additional layer of warmth and unexpected vibrancy to the home, playing off the verdant landscape that together create the feeling of a lush retreat within the property walls.

With this composition of handcrafted built-in elements, and a palette of materials defined by rich natural texture, Electric Bowery created a unique environment imbued with aspects of Wabi-Sabi to foster the daily creativity of our like-minded clients.


photography by Laure Joliet

Electric Bowery worked closely with their design-forward clients to brighten and refresh this classic California mid-century ranch, located minutes away from the creative hub of downtown Culver City, home to film studios & boutique tech startups alike. The single-level home is nestled in the charming hillside of Blair Hills neighborhood with spectacular views of downtown LA and surrounded by lush landscaping framed from the living spaces within.

The homeowners, both prominent in the creative, tech start-up world, are also avid art collectors. Their modern collection became a driving force for the design of the home, along with the intent to brighten and open up the previously dark, compartmentalized spaces.

Light walnut wood ceilings were added along with polished warm grey concrete floors, with new windows that maintained the classic architectural form. The interior design departs from a purely mid-century aesthetic, with warm, hand-hewn touches in the millwork and furniture selections.

Lighting design from Lindsey Adelman, Apparatus, and Rich Brilliant Willing bring a more contemporary touch to the project, and complement the curation of the fine art collection as sculptures in their own right.

With a bright, sun-drenched palette and a layout that spills onto the pool deck, and expansive views of Los Angeles beyond, the home is both a comfortable retreat, as well as a sun-filled gallery to highlight the homeowner’s collection and lifestyle.

While embracing the existing detailing, adding a warm and bright palette of interior finishes, and curating a selection of art and lighting, Electric Bowery created a unique balance of organic and composed design within this verdant hillside retreat.


photography by Douglas Friedman

The Crescent Place project was a renovation of a charming but dated 1927 Spanish-style home on one of Venice’s coveted walk streets. The objective was to enhance the character of the original home while upgrading the fixtures and finishes and reworking the layout to create a more functional family home for the owner and her three boys.

Electric Bowery designed and managed extensive changes to the interior of the home, including a new bifold front door system, completely renovated kitchen, and new custom millwork throughout the home. This project was designed in close collaboration with the homeowner client, who brought her eclectic and elegant style to every aspect of the design.

Electric Bowery reworked the upper floor plan to convert a den off the Master Bedroom into a new Master Bathroom, and fully remodeled two additional bathrooms. The material palette is rich and luxurious with warm walnut millwork, luminous onyx, exquisite mosaic tilework and dramatic quartzite.

Several custom pieces were conceived and executed for the home, including a unique built-in sofa designed by the client’s friend, Tess Bethune and built by local furniture maker Armand Stansbury, and leaded glass pivoting windows in the Master Suite by stained glass artist Adamm Gritlefeld. The final result is a stunning, layered home that reflects the owner’s radiant personality and style.


photography by Laure Joliet

The Angelus Project was an interior renovation of a 1960’s mid-century home perched atop a lush Silver Lake hillside. Electric Bowery was tasked with reworking the existing floor plan and reselecting fixtures and materials to reflect the clients’ taste in handmade, modern design.

Electric Bowery opened up the existing layout by removing the wall separating the entry and kitchen, allowing for improved flow and light into the space. The home’s existing floors were replaced with bleached walnut flooring, and walls were resurfaced with a velvety plaster finish.

The kitchen was completely overhauled, with the addition of a large center island, custom hickory cabinets, poured-in-place white concrete counters, and textured earthenware tile. Floating shelves were fabricated from reclaimed local Magnolia wood to house the clients’ ceramics collection.

Built-in niches and an over-scaled built-in dining bench were constructed to showcase the homeowners’ extensive collection of art, books and objects, as the open floor plan created a place for dinner conversations to spill into the living room over music-filled evenings.

An exterior pergola was added over the deck to create an outdoor extension of the living area and provide a shady refuge to take in the sweeping views of the Los Angeles skyline.


photography by Tessa Neustadt

Set in the East End of Ojai amongst expanses of orange groves and mountain views, the Ojai house was the result of an extensive renovation to create a bright & airy family home – an escape from the city. The original floor plans presented great challenges, with the existing house having been added on to over the decades without any consideration to light or circulation

Electric Bowery worked closely with the client, along with Amber Interiors, to reconfigure and redesign the home in its entirety – a complete transformation within the existing footprint that gave the home new life.

Paired with extensive landscape by Paul Hendershot, a fifty-foot pool, outdoor entertaining pergola and completely new glazing and recladding of the existing structure, the resultant Ojai house stands out as a particularly warm and inviting home inside and out, fit perfectly within its picturesque setting.


photography by kate berry

The existing house was on a street with beautiful quaint historic beach cottages. Electric Bowery took on the challenge of taking a monolithic industrial building and reintegrating it into the neighborhood’s warm friendly vibe. The design objective was to imbue the home with the feeling of life you find inside a classic beach bungalow, despite the stark nature of the existing bones of the building.

Creating a home that embodied the social and open spirit of beach living meant opening up the main living space. The kitchen was moved from a dark corner to a central location, with the dining area radiating towards the living room. It feels and works as one, but with function delineated to specific areas.

Electric Bowery created an outdoor spa and lounge adjacent to the master bedroom, where the clients can enjoy the sea air in their own private oasis, with a plunge pool, hot tub and outdoor fireplace.

With a fresh white brick facade, the building was transformed into a modern take on a beach cottage, with an interior palette that brings harmony with the beachside community.