Houzz TV: Showing Her Creative Side in a Classic Los Angeles A-Frame

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Los Angeles ceramics artist and interior designer Desanka Fasiska’s 1963 A-frame kit house seemed to have more working against it than for it. The slanted walls made furniture arrangement awkward and didn’t offer much insulation or a place to run electricity and pipes. But Fasiska pushed forward, embracing the strangeness and creating an open-plan home with enough spunk to live up to the stunning exposed architecture.

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amnaggar

Amazing! Peace, tranquility and... true naturally inspired design. What more can one ask?

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Pamela Fisk

What a treat to see the details of that house! I love her artistry and her ability to put together such an integrated and functional space, both inside and out. Truly lovely in every way.

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altairj

Great light, dramatic structure, beautiful materials, lovely art and styling. Has privacy and freedom. Feels modern yet earthy. It looks like a joy to be both inside or outside. This place is absolutely wonderful. Also, that closet door idea, I must absolutely steal.

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Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors

This A Frame gets an A+ from me! I love how the owner personalized the space and made it really reflect her style.

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jhamrin

If that´s what her soul looks like, I want to be friends with her!

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Judy Kibinge

Absolutely inspired... I just want to crawl in and live there!

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renomama8385

Love it!

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amnaggar

Got the exact same feeling, jhamrin :)

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saquilino1

Beautiful ! Could you tell me where to purchase the fireplace.

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bostonse

Beautiful! love the style. great taste.

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Gerald Lorentz

Another fine report and take on an A-frame, Mitchell.

In a previous article you reported on an A-frame, I posted how bad it was to reconfigure one and my not so giggles filled expansion adventure when I was doing renos back in California.

This one is thought-out better and in keeping with the spirit, confinement, or better said, the constraints of the design.

Great thinking Ms. Fasiska in keeping true to a very difficult design. Kudos for an excellent interpretation of her thoughts by architect Fonda-Boardi.

A definitive win for all - including the A-frame!

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silviakunst
It reminds me of my childhood when I was sleeping and hiding in my tent !
Well done !
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iowavette

The closet door is beautiful as is the rest of the place. My husband will never see this article. He's wanted an A-Frame since he first saw one. Me, raised in California, am familiar with their challenges.

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kamicos

Wow, fantastic space...love everything about it but most of all, the warmth and comfort...exactly what a "home" should be.

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Kathy Dunn

Love this house and how this young woman has personalized it to fit her lifestyle while still maintaining the best features of an A-frame. I remember renting an A-frame cabin as a child (2 families) for a vacation in the San Bernardino mountains above LA and what fun we though the house was. This is even better.

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Architectural Notice

Nice home but I am a little concerned about the apparent lack of window coverings in the bathroom and bathtub area in what appears to be a highly populated area. Hopefully there are coverings which was not visible on the video.

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wakalendat

Amazing house

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tipit

Just gorgeous! Love it!! beautifully done. Would move in tomorrow :-)

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lookingforfloor

Absolutely love this home !! All the light and the warm wood makes me feel so relaxed and comfortable. Could move in today and be happy forever !!!

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Linda Hageman

Beautiful!


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teresakopp

Love this piece as we have an A-frame style farmhouse. The challenge is slanted ceilings that go to the floor in our 3 bedrooms. I noticed the use of shelving on the slant, which is helpful; but, placing furniture in small rooms with a slanted ceiling is the main difficulty. Any ideas, or places to point me to for furniture design or placement?

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Bette P

Really enjoyed all aspects of this home, I wanted a longer look at the closet doors that are a piece of art themselves. Congrats on creating such a great space.

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PJM

I love the gas fireplace, I am getting ready to purchase one, could you tell me where you purchased yours?

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Traci Brandon

LOVE (A) frame homes. This artist truly appreciates great design and design aesthetic. Thank you for inspiring and sharing your home! Well done!

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Gary Sawatzky

Very cool and thanks for posting. We are going to renovate our 1971 A-frame cabin this spring.

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peggo

my boyfriend (1970's) lived in an A frame. I loved it.

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Ellen Bushberg

How did you create the closet door? I really need something similar in my new home

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bdpage

Beautiful job at creating the extra space upstairs. Can you tell me where or how you got the upstairs closet door? It works so well with your home.

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5 Star Interior Design

As an LA designer, it is rare to find such a refreshing take on simple, well designed living spaces. With all of the McMansions and overly ‘decorated’ residences, good taste just stands out above the rest. It feels like the kind of homes I remember when I first moved to LA from NYC. Except this little gem is less hippy cabin and is more refined, pure, and just enough creative expression without being cluttered. This is a delightful haven, what a great lifestyle this artist has carved out for herself!

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Etoncev

Great house!

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Sandra Mullikin

Love the Biba reference.

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midna

That is really inspiring and Beautiful!

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Patrice Boyan

Where is the sectional couch from?

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lauraflaugher
I love this soooooo much. Thanks for the amazing inspiration!
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rasha_5959

great creative

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Pamela Forman

The house is lovely as is the owner, however no one should be taking a daily BATH in drought stricken California!

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Jan Yatsko

The triangle is one of the 5 universal symbols. It is my personal symbol and maybe it is for Desanka, too. It represents dreams, goals and mountains.

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Cynthia Robertson

Love the creative energy abounds and the utilization of the space is so well done.

The out doors is as creative and tranquil as the house.

Thanks for sharing!

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klrgourmet

Absolutely stunning! Great job!


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washingtoncindy

Would love to get the floor plan for this house!!

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gintaras888

This place is absolutely wonderful.

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minnypinny

Where did you get the blanket shown on the back of your sofa sectional that was in the video? Love to find something similar.

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lucas2007

I like your style and creativity. It is so nice to see the expression of who you are rather than following the trends and styles that are so popular today. Your home is ageless and I love it.

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nevertoo

One of my favorite all-time houses. I've often wondered what type of addition would work to make an A frame more livable, the corn-crib addition works really well aesthetically. Its angle balances the angle of the main A wall. And the dormer for a nice roomy closet. Her use of natural materials feels earthy without being wood on wood on wood. The garden looks like a great party spot, creative and not fussy. As for the CA drought mentioned by Pamela, I'd think a nice shallow bath would probably use less water than a shower. But I'm surprised CA still allows residential swimming pools. This little one isn't too bad.

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Susan

Love the closet door!

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Jen B

That's not an a frame. I live in one. 375 square feet of slant. Sometimes torture, sometimes comically small. once you add a dormer, its a modified a frame. saving grace for me is my front yard..... which is a lake

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Kathleen Shaeffer Design, Exterior Spaces

Beautiful!!

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Modus Enterprises Ltd

Fantastic. So inspiring to work in. And that light coming through is beautiful. Bravo Desanka!


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Dolly

Warm and beautiful home - thanks for sharing.

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Caroline Isenogle

Beautiful home, how inspiring! Makes me want to sell up and find an a-frame pronto! Beautiful inside and out - well done!

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marylv1954

This place is amazing!! The kind of place I would feel totally at home in, and a place I, too, would display my own art. Great job!! Enjoy your space!!

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saquilino1 It is original to my home! But there are many reproductions available out there from companies like malm!

   
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Gerald Lorentz Actually, that was my home that Mitchell wrote about that you didn't like ; ) But there were only a few photos of my bedroom. Glad you've had a change of heart since it really hurt my feelings before ha!

   
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minnypinny it was actually something my mother gave me... bit sure where she bought it but I'm going to assume it was New Mexico??

   
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Pamela Forman actually, I use WAY less water in the bath as I only fill it a little bit. Unlike with the shower the water is not constantly running!

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Patrice Boyan I got it from a store in LA called Pampa

   
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bdpage The closet door is actually a room divider that I made into an accordion door. It's carved teak from a designer called Roost Timo

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Ellen see above! xo!

   
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PJM It's original to the home but you can get reproductions... se above comment!

   
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Architectural Novice I'm in the hills and it's totally private. I like waking up to and living natural light!

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Pamela Forman

Hi Desanka - I appreciate your comment about the your shallow baths! good for you, I feel better now - haha. I would like some information about the great looking above ground pool - do you like it? use it? I think I want one after seeing yours

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shobli

Hey Desanka - All corners of Home is sharp...As sharp as your eyes which beholds beauty of the home as & when viewed by anybody from any corner. I would say your home is Triangle of Bermuda whenever seen by anybody they get lost in this beautiful creation :)

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cheriegg

Very inspiring space. Magical and serene quality to it. Could you share the source for the dining table and bench? Thank you.

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arvilla_trag
I could soak in that tub all day. And I never soak in a tub.
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jayampathi

Love it................no one can deny it's charming

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In Style Modern

Great creation for an A frame hub. I commend the artistry of
the home owner everything inside the home really fit together. The interior
seemed like a design for a wooden cabin.

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luvallcreatures

What a beautiful spirit.

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cheriegg both the table and bench are vintage from the rose bowl flea market. The table is danish modern and I'm not sure what genre of design the bench is.

   
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Pamela Forman The previous owner put it in... I just cleaned it up a bit with a deck and covering it with wood. I love it! It's rather small so I don't feel terrible about having a pool in the drought... I use it ALL THE TIME in the hot hot summers in LA.

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marsia

I really love all the artistic touches like the 70s closet doors and how her ceramics match the house style. Love her DIY above ground pool and the whole vibe of the place. So homey!

   
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goodewyfe

This is not your grandma's A-frame. It looks like an A-frame on steroids. I think it is fabulous. Kudos to the homeowner.

I live in SoCal and have for many years. This home appears to be located in the hills above the other homes in the area, so she may not need window coverings.

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Dina Taylor

What a delight to see such a unique home! Loved the various textures, artwork and fabulous bathroom (those Moroccan-style (?) tiles are gorgeous).

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Diane Walden

As a former resident of Carmel, be assured you captured the Big Sur feeling!!! And your fireplace reminds me of being in my uncle's garage/art studio in the '60's as a kid..loved that fireplace and the smell of paint. Your home is sooooo amazing!!! What a world unto itself.

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GChel
Beautiful home made with soul.
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bethyor

I really love what you've done with your space. We bought an 1960's prefab A frame one year ago. Currently struggling to modify it to a family of four (with two kids). Great ideas!

   
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windandsnow
Love the light fixture in your living room? Where can I find one like it?
   
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Luis Castellanos

What company build this A-Frame home? I am interested! Thanks!