Newport Beach ResidenceModern Living Room, Los Angeles

Photograph by Art Gray

Mid-sized minimalist open concept concrete floor and gray floor living room library photo in Los Angeles with white walls, a standard fireplace, a tile fireplace and no tv —  Houzz
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lesleymcfraser wrote:Mar 6, 2013
  • sschdesign

    Well, I felt quite impressed with your engagement so far. Thank you for sharing your interesting insights.

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    Paul Davis Architects

    OK, good - you are very welcome!


April Maye wrote:May 8, 2012
  • sheelz49
    Could I please ask if you could give me the dimensions of the individual cubicles on the top shelf as well as the two rows in parallel with the television since your own office designed this bookcase? I think the proportions are great.
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hello, Sheelz49 - Thank you for your kind feedback on this cabinetry. On a "better late than never" basis, I am happy to finally be answering your question, which I found today after all these years. We try to be current on Houzz, but do often have hiatuses in our involvement, and even when we are active we have at times simply not noticed questions. I'm really sorry for the huge delay on this!!

    We divided that unit into three vertical "height bands", tying the bottom two cubbies into the height of the adjacent built-in base cabinet, the middle two into the height of the TV niche, and the top 4 simply being "equal-equal" divisions of an overall 4'-9" height.

    This means that the top cubbies were around 12 5/8" tall, and the TV-adjacent shelves were around 1'-2 1/4" high (televisions were a bit smaller when we did this!). The widths of the shelf areas were uniform at approximately 1'-8". The entire unit depth was 13 1/2", which can accommodate even quite deep books.

    I hope that somehow this is still helpful to you. Good luck in your projects!

    Kind regards,



lbtb wrote:Jul 18, 2012
  • Kelly Dean
    Yes, beautiful room and would be thrilled to know where the rug is from. We have a similar space with the same two Barcelona chairs and have been searching for a rug just like that one! Thank you!
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    Stardust Modern Design
    It is possibly the Nani Marquina Cuks Rug but the shot makes it seem lighter than it is:
cljg7695 wrote:May 13, 2012
  • janeteva
    i found dining chairs exactly like those in a salvation army store, four of them
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Wow, lucky shopper! :)



0424 wrote:Dec 27, 2014
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hi 0424! This is a Knoll Platner table, and comes in various sizes and shapes. Design Within Reach is one possible source for it. Good luck!




Ken Kellogg Jr wrote:Jun 17, 2014
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hi Ken - I have discovered a batch of ancient questions in our Houzz profile, and feel very badly to have been so wildly late in responding. I imagine you are well past requiring input on your topic, but the sidelights we did at this house were made by Kawneer, a very reputable curtain-wall company that did the "storefront" aluminum and glass door/window system at this house. I think that if you Google "storefront" you will find suppliers that do this sort of thing. All best wishes to you, and sorry once again for the time lag.

    Good luck with all of your projects.



Quinntin St Laurent wrote:Dec 12, 2013
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hello Quinntin - these are really beautiful and they are especially striking in a contemporary setting, aren't they? The name of the flower is "Orange Pin-Cushion Protea", and I hope you found this a while back. I am really sorry to have been so slow in answering you - we have found a group of "antique" questions deep in our Houzz account, and are now working through them.

    Best of luck with all of your projects!


    Paul D.


Tiffany Wildfang wrote:Nov 9, 2013
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hi Tiffany! This is a great and eternal question! Drawers in a stack are often of different heights, so a position that works on one drawer may not look the same (or, may not look as good) on a taller or shorter drawer.

    The strategy is also different for drawers that have flat/flush faces vs. drawers with raised frames around their perimeter (sometimes known as "shaker-style", or "framed" drawers).

    So here are a few guidelines:

    01 Keep the pull or knob in the center of very shallow drawers (and avoid drawers that are too shallow, since they are of limited use - 5" tall for a drawer face is a reasonable minimum, in order to have workable depth inside).

    02 On flat panel drawers, it can look good to maintain the dimension from the top drawer edge to the pull center that you established for the shallow top drawer as you drop down onto the taller drawer faces - so (in other words) if you center the top knob on a 6" tall drawer, maintain the same 3"-from-the-top-edge spacing on the taller drawers below.

    03 It often looks best to center knobs vertically on the panel at the center of recessed-panel drawers. This is a good approach, since the frame around the panel is often not wide enough to look good with the knob centered on the frame height.

    04 Don't forget to consider using edge pulls at the top edge of the drawer - Doug Mockett ( ) features a nice line of this pull type, and they are very handsome in modern settings, as well as helping solve some issues with pull placement (ie for use with shallow drawers, and in very minimal-style installations).

    I hope these strategies are helpful to you.

    Sorry to be so slow with our answer on this - we discovered a group of antique unanswered questions deep in the recesses of our Houzz account, and are just now trying to work through them all.

    Good luck with your projects.


    Paul D.


Elizabeth Dickstein wrote:Jul 18, 2013
  • gracesedwards67
    Can you please tell me how the shelves are spaced? Is that 12 or 18 inches between each shelf? Thank you in advance!
Geraldine Critch_Gillingham wrote:Jan 15, 2013
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    Stardust Modern Design
    Paul Davis Architects always makes amazing use of original design classics which we applaud. This is the Warren Platner coffee table from Knoll. If you like this table; make sure to visit our website since we love modern design! We would love to be of service:
Nakita Holte wrote:Dec 10, 2012
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    Paul Davis Architects

    Hi Nakita - thanks for your question! I just found it way back in the recesses of our Houzz account, and I am sorry for the delay. You probably solved your kitchen issue long ago, but I will share a few thoughts, just in case (or for next time :).

    01 If you can run the flooring from the rest of the house (ie living room and dining room, or whatever is adjacent to the kitchen) into the kitchen too, that will keep the eye moving and make everything seem more roomy and "flowing". So, yes - wood flooring would be great if you have that nearby. Letting the white ceiling from the nearby rooms flow into the kitchen is also good - no door or door frame is required, usually.

    02 Otherwise, I would suggest emphasizing horizontal lines, like the countertop edge or the bottom edge of the upper cabinets. Change heights of elements as little as possible to keep the eye flowing, and use as few different materials as possible. Smoother materials with fewer "chunks" (ie bricks are chunky and I don't think they will make your space seem bigger) also make places seem bigger and more open.

    03 Try to keep upper cabinet tops and other tall things like refrigerators below the ceiling by 10-12" or so - and put warm LED strip lighting back in that gap to brighten it up. When the ceiling is seen to flow back past the tops of tall cabinets the space also seems bigger.

    04 You mention white - there is nothing wrong with a white kitchen. If you like it, go for it! I find that white-on-white will often seem more open and roomy.

    I hope this can help at some point!

    Good luck with your projects.


    Paul D.


What Houzz contributors are saying:

Fred Albert added this to Home Accessorizing Made SimpleMay 21, 2013

Unless you live in a library, mix accessories with books. (Just keep the paperbacks in the bedroom or someplace inconspicuous.) If you don't own books, buy some at a yard sale or library sale — they do wonders to warm up a room and are one of the cheapest accessories you can find.Not My Precious Books! Pain-free Ways to Declutter Your Library

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

Davis chose a light-color palette for the materials and furniture so that the family's possessions and accessories could provide the main color points. Bright books and knickknacks create visual interest on a white full-height bookshelf in the living room.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

P F added this to LibraryJul 7, 2019

I like the clean lines and the white shelves.

Ekaterina Gaus added this to Ideen von EkaterinaJun 30, 2019

Zusammenstellung Bücher und Deko

Ritu Zacharias added this to Home OfficeJun 28, 2019

Built in shelves and miece van der roh chairs (black leather chairs and dark built in book shelves)

mercymuriuki added this to mercymuriuki's ideasJun 22, 2019

The library and interior design

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