Inspirational Interior Design on Melrose

Inspirational Interior Design on Melrose

“We shape our homes and then our homes shape us.” – Winston Churchill

Don’t you love walking into someone’s house and seeing unusual details – fanciful table sculptures, decorative picture frames, giant patterned pillows – that make you feel comfortable and curious at the same time? Great interior decoration needn’t cost much, or require special skills. It just requires a sense of self, a little cash, and this list.

There are exceptional design stores on Melrose that are part art gallery, part museum, and all open to the public. Whether you’re looking for a special “this is SO me” statement piece or are planning a total revamp of a room, definitely get inspiration and the goods here.

The Window

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The Window is an airy, art deco industrial space that used to be a Ford Model-A showroom. It’s not overrun with pieces, but the scope and detail of each fills the room with wonder and sophistication. Iconic 20th century furnishings, primitive folk art, Machine age metallic light fixtures, and architectural elements dating back as far as the 18th century immediately slow you down, take your focus, and allow imagination to create a room and a story to accommodate them.

The Window
6825 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
323.939.6909
thewindowla.com
Monday – Saturday 11a – 6p


Lawson-Fenning

lawson-fenning

There’s something very southern California about the Lawson-Fenning showspace. Each room is colorful without being gaudy or distracting, clean but full of eye-catching details (big and small), and natural with woods and textiles of all kinds. The mix of contemporary and vintage can satisfy many tastes. And while each item is well-crafted and high quality, the affordability is a pleasant surprise.

Lawson-Fenning
6824 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
323.934.0048
lawsonfenning.com
Monday – Friday 10a – 6p, Saturday 11a – 5p


Object

object

Object smells good. It smells rich, and natural, and creates the sensation that hands, not machines, made the things here. No piece is particularly large (hence “object”) and all serve to be the thing people have to ask about when they see it. Each tells a story, usually with a European or Japanese legacy, and is functional so that nothing seems too precious. These vintage offerings are not inexpensive, but such perfect rarity should come with a price.

Object
6910 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
323.936.0021
object-la.com


Consort

consort

Consort supports thoughtful design with an attitude. Vibrant palettes and eye-popping color combinations create showroom displays in which you instantly want to immerse. Contemporary and inviting, each room offers sleek furniture, cool light fixtures, and statement pieces to die for. They really look far and wide for artists to carry fanciful. as well as sublimely classic, items. For gifts, Consort has awesome options at many price levels.

Consort
6918 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
323.930.5688
consort-design.com
Monday – Saturday 10a – 6p


Pegaso

pegaso

Pegaso will turn you into a kid in a candy store. It is floor to ceiling, wall to wall EVERYTHING. Furniture, lighting, table toppers, chess boards (the chess boards alone are worth a look), framed art reflecting many eras, styles and palettes. What’s particularly great about the abundant selection is exploring how seemingly dissimilar items can look perfect together. Something new is added every week, and that something is sure to be as fantastical as what it replaced.

Pegaso
6812 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
323.456.4452
pegasogallerydesign.com
Monday – Friday 10a – 6p, Saturday  noon – 5p


Kamsah

kamsah

Stepping into Kamsah is like waking up in Oz; it is vibrant and rich with colorful, artful accent pieces handcrafted by independent artisans from all corners of the world. The owners’ home country of Tunisia is prominent, and the delightful (downright charming) staff will regale you with stories about each of the collections and its origins. A portion of the proceeds from the shop go back to the artist communities to support education and women empowerment.

Kamsah
7618 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.879.9955
kamsah.com
12 to 8 pm daily


1st Leap

1stLeap

Without a flashy exterior, you might pass by the possibilities inside 1st Leap. With a focus on lighting, wall art, and seating, this little shop is full of one-of-a-kind, very eclectic home furnishings. The visual palette is very warm (earth tones, deep pigments) and everything is functional as well as comfortable. The selection is not massive, but if you’re looking for something that meshes unique with usable, definitely check it out.

1st Leap
7813 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.658.5777
1stleap.com
Monday – Saturday 9a – 5p

Deborah Brosseau

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.