Newport Beach ResidenceModern Living Room, Los Angeles

Photograph by Art Gray

Living room library - mid-sized modern open concept concrete floor and gray floor living room library idea in Los Angeles with white walls, a standard fireplace, a tile fireplace and no tv —  Houzz
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LENORE LoCascio wrote:May 13, 2012
Jane Matthews wrote:Oct 21, 2012
  • countedlington

    It's called rendered brick. Doesn't exist

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    Paul Davis Architects

    It really does exist, actually! Please contact us for a source. Thank you!

Vr Sparkle wrote:May 13, 2012
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    Thank you! It's terrific!
  • lad3
    Will you share the name of the rug? Just what I'm looking for. Thanks!
kmschaefer628 wrote:Jun 28, 2017
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hello, kmschaefer628 - thank you for your question. We are getting back to active monitoring of the Houzz account after a bit of a hiatus, and I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. As to the firewood niche, we coordinated its height and width with the concrete block module - and those blocks are 4" high X 16" long. This means that the niche is 16" wide and 40" tall (ie one block wide and 10 tall). Its depth is approximately 2'-8" (32"). That is deeper than you would tend to need for normal-sized logs, but it resulted from the basic structure of the chimney. I think you could do well with a depth of 24" or even somewhat less.

    I hope this helps - let me know if you have additional questions.

    Best of luck with your project.




  • kmschaefer628
    Thanks so much! No worries, we still have time before needing to finalize our fireplace. I love this design and hope to somewhat mimic it. Thanks again for your reply, it's much appreciated!
kmschaefer628 wrote:May 5, 2017
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Good questions, KM! By now you will know that the block modules on either side of the fireplace are half-blocks, and thus 8" wide. The opening dimesions are in my last note. The mantle is 4 blocks higher than the 40" tall opening, thus 56" above the finish floor, or 4'-8". There is a 1 1/4" tall raised concrete floor that extends back into the firebox, but it does not project out into the room. The concrete floor in this room provides the non-combustible hearth that code required when wood-burning fireplaces were legal in California! Now we only use enclosed gas-burning units.

    Thanks again for reaching out to us.




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    Paul Davis Architects

    (and thank you as well for your kind remarks!)

aalaperr wrote:Dec 19, 2017
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hello, aalaperr - That is pretty much a "standard gray" concrete block, and I believe it was supplied by Angeles Block here in southern California. You should not have much trouble getting CMU (concrete masonry units) in that color from a range of suppliers. We sealed it with a surface-applied product that deepened the color very slightly, but otherwise it's a very ordinary product (4 X 16", btw - not a standard size but we like the proportion).

    Thanks for your question.




Denisse Proechel wrote:Nov 26, 2017
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hi Denisse! Thanks for your question. We used Benjamin Moore's "Decorator's White" on the ceiling, and I'm pretty sure it was "Atrium White" on the walls. The first is a bluish-gray white that has the quality of making ceilings seem high and open (we think), and the Atrium white is a warm subtly-pinkish white that just seems to us to be a happy, sunny color! Good luck with your project!




kmschaefer628 wrote:Jun 26, 2017
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hi again :) - at the front face (the firebox does narrow as it goes back) the fireplace is 3'-4" wide. That is also its height, so it is a square in elevation. The firebox is approximately 1'-7" deep, and 1'-8" wide at its back. If I recall, the basic design of this firebox is derived from the famous "Rumford" fireplace, which was invented in the 1790's by Count Rumford. These fireplaces remain popular, and were intended to project more heat into the room, as well as limit turbulence that could adversely affect draft (ie smoke removal).

    Fireplaces can be tricky. This one works very well. Good luck with yours!




gogosurfer78 wrote:Feb 10, 2017
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hi gogosurfer78 - thanks for your question. We are trying to get caught up on these, after being away from the site somewhat. I would have to ask the owner about this rug, and I am happy to do that for you if you are still interested. This product was sourced by the owner and an interior designer - our office was not directly involved.

    Don't hesitate to get back to me on this.

    Thanks again.



jpantani wrote:Sep 26, 2013
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hi jpantani - we think this is a "Charles" or "Harry"-model sofa from B& B Italia. They make very fine-quality products, with exemplary modern style.

    I apologize for the so-slow response - we have just discovered a group of very old unanswered questions deep in our Houzz profile, and are trying to work through them asap! I hope this info is still useful to you somehow.

    Best of luck with your projects -

    Paul D.


Vr Sparkle wrote:May 13, 2012
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    Paul Davis Architects
    Hello. The cabinets are 3/4" painted plywood and countertop is 1 1/4" thick painted plywood with a 3/16" solid wood edge band. Thank you for your inquiry.
David wrote:Jun 15, 2013
    benavancena wrote:Nov 8, 2012

      What Houzz contributors are saying:

      Toronto Interior Design Group | Yanic Simard added this to How to Decorate Your Fireplace MantelJul 31, 2016

      An asymmetrical approach to decorating your mantel works especially well combined with a beautiful brick or stone wall (or another textural material). The negative space defined by an asymmetrical piece puts the emphasis on the wall material, almost as if the wall itself were the art piece hanging above the mantel.

      Elements of Style added this to Live in Harmony: 3 Types of Balance in DesignSep 16, 2013

      Asymmetrical Asymmetrical balance makes for a more relaxed and lively interior space. This balance scheme uses a central line but relies more on the eye's sense of balance to complete the design. Rather than having identical objects on either side of the central axis, asymmetrically balanced spaces have different objects of equal visual weight on either side of the line. In this living room, the left side of the fireplace serves as the central line. The height and weight of the sofa and cushions on the right balance the console on the left. The height of the fireplace surround also balances out the tall bookshelves.

      Vanessa Brunner added this to Houzz Tour: Breezy Outdoor Living in Newport BeachMay 1, 2012

      A small fireplace turns the living room into a cozy and comfortable hangout spot during the winter. During the summer, the doors in this room slide completely open.Chandelier: Flos Sarfatti Suspension Lamp; lighting: Kenneth Brian Vick, Lightopia

      What Houzzers are commenting on:

      sarahfyaffe added this to 79 Fireplace6 days ago

      I like adding the wood pile into the bricks on the side like that. A wood niche.

      Jennifer Owen added this to Jennifer's ideasAug 6, 2019

      Shape and form: Lots of lines, brick feature wall, windows and square couch. Square dining table and square backed shcairs. Bookshelves and ladder, low cupboards along wall, but then fancy curvy chandelier, and curved feature chair plus coloured vases on table add curves and soften the look.

      baumgak added this to Fireplace SurroundsJul 20, 2019

      Could we pick a brick look like this? A little color for warmth, but not too dark? What do you think?

      drholles added this to LightningJul 10, 2019

      I’m front of fireplace/family room

      connermechelle13 added this to conner inlaw suiteJun 10, 2019

      bonus room between new build and existing home. built ins in back and mostly glass over looking backyard.

      Sha Juniper Orton added this to Living RoomMay 11, 2019

      Hmm.. this fireplace is very appealing to the eye

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