Home Tour: An Americana Bachelor Pad in the Hollywood Hills

Julia Millay Walsh
THE DOSSIER: NAME: Brian Patrick Flynn TRADE: Television producer, interior designer, and founder of Flynnside Out Productions VIBE: A clean canvas with artful modern accents. ABODE: All-American midcentury one-bedroom in the Hollywood Hills. After his career took him on a few trips to California in 2011, Atlanta-based television-producer-turned-interior-designer Brian Patrick Flynn made the decision to become bi-coastal, and soon enough he'd rented a 600-square-foot one-bedroom apartment at the foot of the Hollywood Hills. "I wanted my West Coast place to feel midcentury in nature -- I know, oh how original: midcentury in Los Angeles --" he jokes, "but with a super preppy vibe and more of an Americana palette than the mustards and olives of the '50s and '60s." header1 Before the designer could bring in his retro prep, he had a few hurdles to jump: "murder-y looking contractor grade tile and breathe-and-you-might-get-SARS bedroom carpeting." Flynn had his contractor install floating cork floor in the bathroom and kitchen and a whitewashed vinyl faux-wood  plank in the bedroom, as well as replace the unit's contractor-grade lighting with vintage fixtures. header2 A large logo from Circle K convenience store hangs boldly against the  dining room's geometric walls. "It's all about history," he says. "I'm from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the beginning and end to all of my teenage weekends started by stocking up on soda and snacks at the Circle K before full days spent at the beach. I saw it at the Long Beach Flea Market, and it was screaming my name." Meanwhile, in the bedroom, an oversize painting of Steve McQueen by Atlanta artist Mark Boomershine, is a total attention-grabber. "It was something I'd used in my bedroom design for the 2012 California Home + Design Small Space Big Style show house," says Flynn. "It's my one literal nod to Hollywood in my Hollywood abode." header3 Framed by a $299 white canopy bed from Ikea, Flynn's Steve McQueen is a perfect example of his signature one-of-a-kind-meets-big-box design technique. While Flynn shopped heavily at the Rose Bowl and Long Beach Flea Markets in LA, he also turned to sources like Ikea and Hayneedle.com, in some cases customizing his finds. "Even though my bubble chair is a reproduction bought online, I reupholstered its cushion with David Hicks fabric," he says.  "My little office are is actually a kitchen system I customized, and I reupholstered the Ikea Hendriksdal Stool in Ralph Lauren tartan wool." In the end, Flynn says, "Every single thing inside my space is there because I was drawn to it, brought it home, and made it my own. For me, that's what interior design is all about."


Dining Room Wallpaper Cole & Son Bubble Chair Hayneedle Steve McQueen Painting Mark Boomershine
Drapery Fabric Schumacher Living Room Rug Ikea Bathroom Wallpaper Echo Design
Bedroom Paint Color Glidden "Rich Navy" #GLB25-01E Home Depot Dining Room Tulip Chairs Eero Saarinen Kitchen Paint Color Blue Nile #SW 6776 Sherwin Williams


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Atlantis Coffee Table, $1250, Wayfair   Rustic Wool Plaid Pillows, $38, Pillow Throw Decor  Cyrus Sunburst Mirror, $236, Horchow
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 Bubble Hanging Chair, $320, Hayneedle Hidden Treasures Chest, $975, Hayneedle   Big British Flag Lamp, $495, Instant Space
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 Ticking Stripe Bedding, From $30, West Elm  La Fiorentina Bark Pillow, $78, Arianna Belle  Morten Lamp, $149, West Elm
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 Saarinen Tulip Armless Chair, $1497, DWR  Lattice Wallpaper, $124, Echo Design Gaser Rug, $149, Ikea 
Photography: Zeke Ruelas and Sarah Dorio (portrait)

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