Bobby Berk, a member of the Fab Five on Netflix's hit show Queer Eye, is known for his ability to transform interiors. In each episode of the show, Berk manages to create stunning spaces in a matter of days that not only look beautiful but also reflect the personal style of those lucky enough to receive his design expertise. And this time around, Berk turned his attention to his own home.
He and husband Dewey Do recently designed their one-bedroom Los Angeles apartment, located in a historic building downtown, with the help of AllModern. It was a natural transition to find a place in DTLA after living in New York, according to Berk. " I was attracted to downtown as it's the most metropolitan part of the city and that was familiar to me," he told AllModern. As for the design, Berk sums up his style in three words: "organic, graphic, sophisticated."
Step inside the design guru's beautiful L.A. apartment below and shop the look for yourself.
Berk had a clear vision in mind when designing his L.A. apartment. "I tend to love black and white and high contrast elements in my designs, but to balance that out I love to use warm woods, woven elements for texture and of course lots of plants," he explained. The goal was to create a space that's equal parts sophisticated and inviting.
The living room décor began with a bit of inspiration from Pinterest, of all places. "I saw some inkblot wallpaper on Pinterest, and fell in love with the graphic black and white shapes and the amazing scale of the print," Berk shared with AllModern. "I knew this would make a striking backdrop to build the design around."
In addition to the powerful custom wallcovering, Berk was interested in creating a contemporary look that also incorporated rustic elements. Note the fringe pillows, woven basket, and teak stool that bring the room together.
The dining room carries over these same design aspects, incorporating black leather chairs, wooden tables and cabinets, and plenty of houseplants.
"It's actually rather large for a one bedroom apartment, and my husband and I loved that we could entertain our friends here," Berk said. This dining room is just the place to gather with loved ones thanks to ample seating and a wall mirror that makes the room feel even more expansive.
The dining room is simple, perfect for entertaining, but also makes a statement. Two wooden herringbone china cabinets create symmetry and solidify the space. "I love having a glass of wine at the table with my husband, catching up on our days, and spending quality time together," said Berk to AllModern.
Berk admitted the bedroom was the most challenging space to design. While the bed looks stunning in front of the floor-to-ceiling window, he was concerned about street noise. "But with the roller shades and curtains, it actually cut the noise down," he explained. "It made it worth it to improve the circulation of the room."
Berk's vision of an organic, graphic, and sophisticated home has clearly come to fruition in his new L.A. apartment and, according to him, it was a natural process that came together with ease. "[The bed placement] was my only real space planning debate," he revealed. "Everything else really fell into place pretty naturally."