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Step Inside This New Venice Beach House

Step Inside This New Venice Beach House

A custom home designed by Michelle Meepos features some of our very best kitchen and bath brands.

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We always say how much we love seeing our products installed, so we’re thrilled to share this new property listing in Venice. The house was just completed by interior designer Michelle Meepos, who worked on the project with architect Andy Liu of 10-19 Architecture in Culver City and her father, Steve Meepos, Co-Founder of real estate company KMK Management. It’s got a host of incredible offerings—a large finished basement and a pool make this a particularly rare find in the neighborhood—but we’re especially excited by some of the selections Michelle made for the home’s kitchen and bathrooms. “It was designed with more thought than a spec house since it was originally created for one of our partners,” she tells us. “It’s a modern and sophisticated home with some really special features, including a 500-bottle wine cellar made of American walnut.”

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The house was designed with efficiency in mind, focusing on open spaces (i.e. there aren’t a lot of space-wasting hallways) and high-end finishes that add a sense of individuality. “I found the walnut cabinetry—it’s a beautiful color—and a muted natural stone for the kitchen,” says Michelle, noting how the kitchen’s soft, neutral tones flow throughout the entire house. “For a cleaner look, we decided not to use drawer pulls, and I chose black plumbing fixtures from Newport Brass to create consistency between the kitchen, bathrooms, windows and doors. I love using black; it ties everything together nicely.” When it came to the appliances, the biggest debate was a range versus a cooktop. Ultimately, the range won out. “I wanted it to pop a bit, and a range just looks so nice and says more about the space.” She opted for all Miele projects, the brand she most often selects for her kitchen designs. “I’m really happy with their modernist style, functionality and ability to integrate.”

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For the powder room (below), Michelle selected a concrete sink from Native Trails. “I’ve loved them for years,” she says. “This is the first time we’ve been able to do a high-end home with experimental materials like concrete. It’s a fun element!” The taps, as in all the guest bathrooms, are from Hansgrohe. She also chose Hydro Systems tubs for each of the guest baths.

And while it steps outside our usual sphere, we’ve just got to share a bit about the perfectly imperfect wall tiles she used. She spotted them on Instagram, then found them at Stone Source here in LA. The collection, called Mestizaje/Zellige, is from a Spanish manufacturer and inspired by ancient North African tilework. Remodelista recently called Zellige tiles “the trendiest tile of 2019”—check out their feature for more of the tile’s history and usage. “I loved its mismatched, quilted look,” says Michelle. “It’s white tile but with a spin.” She liked it so much she also used it for the kitchen’s backsplash too, further reinforcing the continuity of materials.

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In the master bedroom, a voluminous and light-filled space, we’re maybe most smitten with it’s special “coffee nook.” The room is accessed by a foyer-like entryway, so the designer decided to create a small beverage station with an under-counter Whirlpool refrigerator. Coffee at hand in the morning. A evening glass of wine on the private patio. We’re completely on board.

For the master bathroom, Michelle opted for the same cabinetry used in the kitchen and aimed for a slightly masculine or industrial feeling in her choices, which include more matte black fixtures from Newport Brass and an Americh tub. “I’m a tub person,” she says. “I liked the simple, oval and modern shape of this one.” We couldn’t agree more.

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All images courtesy of Anthony Barcelo of Barcelo Photography Inc.


 

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