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01/07/2011 01:14 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Los Angeles Apartment Tours: New York Interiors And A California Garden

Text and photos courtesy of Apartment Therapy.

Name: John Saint-Denis
Location: Hancock Park - Los Angeles, California
Size: 1500 Square Feet
Years lived in: 5 years

John wanted to reduce his carbon footprint by moving in a multi-unit building. He found his current fourplex and decided to purchase the property with a few friends, who would each keep one of the units. It had the potential for John's ideal blending of styles, a classic Upper East Side Manhattan layout with a California garden, but needed a complete overhaul.

Being an older building, it required the replacement of old fixtures with high efficiency plumbing and electrical appliances to compete with current efficiency standards. In Southern California, indoor and outdoor living become fused together. To complement the California lifestyle, John added drought tolerant and edible gardens to the exterior plant life, which are maintained without the use of any pesticides. After the structure's original character was restored, John brought in interior designer, Paul Templeman-Holmes, to facilitate the last details of the design and to envision the overall style of the furnishings. The result was John's dream space combining elements of both New York and Los Angeles style, while also having a flavor of 1930's Italian design.

For more photos, check out the rest of the article at Apartment Therapy.