Tour a Designer’s Glamorous Midcentury Modern Condo

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Tour a Designer’s Glamorous Midcentury Modern Condo

Interior designer John McClain bought his Los Angeles condo before ever stepping foot in it. His husband had sent him photos of the space — designed by noted architect Ray Kappe with floor-to-ceiling windows — and McClain knew the home would be perfect for his style. “If you took Art Deco and midcentury modern and a little bit of traditional and Hollywood Regency and you rolled that up into a ball and threw it, that would be what I call my design style. And that’s what I did with the place,” he says.

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, McClain gives viewers a virtual tour of his home and explains how that style came together.

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Alessia Rinaudo

I think interior design is an important part of life.

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Andrea Gardner Apatow

We all needed this bit of cheer today. Love the two sided art floating against the window. Enjoy!

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box studio

Great

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Trixie

LOVE that coffee table idea! I'm going to look for cubes like that, which I can use for extra seating, and as he's noted, side tables. Will be using ideas from this article for my own living room, thank you!

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Architectural Notice

Love it! Especially like the mirror tile in the kitchen.

The art hanging from the ceiling in the living room is a stroke of genius.

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Samantha Meisenheimer

What you did with that kitchen is incredible! The mirrored tile brings more light to it than an actual window! I am 100% in LOVE with that credenza. Thanks for brightening my day with your work.

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Prince Fafa

The credenza is stunning,intricate with wonderful geometric patterns..

The kitchen mirrow wall is WAO...

beautiful house

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rosemee

Ok, those mirror tiles...genius. I love it all


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normpo

I love the place. The only thing I don't like is this new interview format. That and seeing the same shot of the living room and kitchen over and over with the designer talking about it. Just show the place and stop making it that interview format. I remember one Houzz TV show about some guy that had this beautiful home with a little train in the property and it was such a nice story. This was no story, it was an interview. They showed the kitchen and it looked like it was filmed on some old 8 milimeter camra. Go back to the old way you did it, it was nicer.

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Sergio Santos

I like

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GCP Designs

You are so talented! I love it all.

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Mark Vilandry

Beautiful space! Reminds me of my condo I at The Waterford Condominiums in Kensington MD which also have one side all wall to wall; floor to ceiling windows. I had to replace the original parquet floors just 6 months after refinishing myself (ugh!) due to a flood from the dishwasher. McClains linoleum floors are a nice option.
Thanks for the photos and great interview.
Stay healthy!
McClain made beautiful choice and glad to see he used some of his own designs as well. I also like that he designed in a way the financially reachable for fans out there by mixer styles.

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Paula Wiley

Love it! Wish we could've seen what he did with the bedroom. Love the hanging art.

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NANCY Cangelosi

Beautiful bookshelves!

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Vickie Bolden

Could you please tell me where you got the art and who is the artist?

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paula sherman

I loved his “take” on building the credenza, “few drinks & it takes on a different look”. LOL.
Very talented gentleman. Thank you for sharing your home!

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Melissa

Love the LVT - who’d have guessed!!

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Daveta Cooper

Gorgeous! The LVT tile is perfect-and kudos to John for thinking of a future owner who might want to return to the original floor.

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Djena

love it, beautiful and practical design John

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Jennifer Watson

just gorgeous! So many inspirational ideas for a small condo space. Beautiful eclectic and clever design throughout.

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Edmonton Designer

Very attractive design. Thank you. Coincidentally, late yesterday evening I dragged my zebra-print hide from my study to the dining area adjacent to my kitchen in my open plan condo, with the intention of seeing how it looks under the table and chairs. I left it in a heap, and now I am motivated to to the work! How fortuitous.

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Maria Runge

Love, love, love your pillows!!!!

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Sandra

amazing: painting installation against the curtain backdrop-elegant & comfortable room - beautiful & multi-purpose coffee table - great design mind at work here.

kitchen:table as island/buffet. LVT flooring... excellent idea...sound absorbing ?

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Suzanne Grose

The coffee table flexibility is great.

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bizeebees

Love this, inspirational. I love the concept of the double sided art hanging from the ceiling- brilliant, beautiful, and it still allows a lot of light in. Love the blue couch, and the geometric shapes through-out, and in the coffee tables, versatilty & ageless beauty....The entire house is like a tactile Paul Klee, with warmth and personality. Thanks, made my day!

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crazyhearts

Had a smile on my face through the entire interview. Delightful and charming person! Thank you you both for taking the time to interview/answer all of these good questions. Great home!

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fatima1958

Wonderful to see how a designer designs for himself! Love the kitchen:), and the fact he was mindful that maybe another property owner might want the hardwood beneath the tiles. That is just brilliant. Great fun to watch.

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kgonzalezgomez

I loved the space and style, thank you so much for sharing.

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HU-702035078

Wonderful

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box studio

It's amazing ang great. I fell in love with the arrangement of things that were going through. As Designer your idea looks good.

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Joe Calm

Hi, good story

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Georgiann Kindler

Thoroughly enjoyed the con
-versation the humor the
practically used, most of all
how a person could integrate
the parts of the conversation
into their own projects

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Miriam Goldring

Absolutely GORGEOUS!

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HU-50354922610

This is great, well done

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cbrtn2016

I love the puzzle room divider. Where can I find one?

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STACY-ANN RHULE

Really love your pieces. Love love love your bookcases.

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Sheila Epstein

Beautiful condo inside and out!

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John McClain Design

Thank you all for the kind comments! Had a great time chatting with Rick. You can see more pics of my home on my website www.johnmcclaindesign.com. Also on Instagram at @johmmcclaindesign 💙💙💙

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Meagan Anderson

So cheery and solid. He decorates to make the joy timeless. I love it.

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Richard Norman

Love the cadenza and the bookshelves

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Charles Green

A fantastic use of style AND maintaining a cozy and comfortable feeling. And all in such compact space! I've already stolen some of your ideas! I am also swapping out my tired wood floors for LVT because our hi rise condo always floods from leaky pipes and resident screw-ups.

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Angela Sepi

I love the mirror tile

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Nerissa Parisi Hill

Fantastic episode! Love the style!

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Dixie

Prefect little city condo! I want one! The mid-century design is just gorgeous!

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Betty Hallgren

I am totally taken by the pillows on your sofa. Are they needlepoint?

   
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John McClain Design

Betty, the pillows were picked up on a vacation to Greece last year. They stopped me in my tracks and I had to have them. They are actually embroidered into that pattern. I love them too, thank you!

   
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Betty Hallgren

Oh for the good old days!! Anyway, they are really scrumptious!!! Thanks for answering---I feel like a real fan! Betty from Austin,TX

   
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