From the Living Room, we continue on to the adjacent room-formerly known as the formal dining room…
Johnny knew from the onset that his rarely used Dining Room would become a DJ Den/Listening Lounge and I loved the idea. Why are we paying for rooms in our house that don’t serve a purpose?
The key to starting the transformation was changing out the lighting- as the Tuscan and drippy chandelier was not grooving with his wishes for a Mid Century Modern aesthetic. We selected the chandelier from designer George Kovaks– and had it installed right after the walls were painted. I like how the ceiling medallion is traditional and goes with the bones of Johnny’s house- almost highlighting the juxtaposition of styles.
Walls are Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter- the perfect art gallery like hue as it receives other colors very well. The plush felt-like carpet tiles we installed easily were budget friendly-the custom color mix was inspired by Johnny’s artwork from American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (shown in the image above, at left). We kept his Ikea wall storage because they are a perfect storage solution, but we had a local Stainless Steel fabricator create the DJ table which features a removable cord management trough.
So for the occasional dinner party- equipment could be moved for bar-height dining. Or everyone could just gather round for buffet style dining. I can easily picture a Superbowl party- the perfect place for a spread of Hot Wings and Man food. Or even better- a Mid Century House party with “shaken, not stirred” drinks and Johnny at the turntables.
Check back tomorrow for part three/the finale of Johnny’s Atomic Ranch!
and P.S. Window Treatments in a dude’s space? Yes! They provide the perfect finishing treatment in this room and modern hardware keeps it sleek…
Also: Johnny’s art collection is eclectic- check out some artists used in his home here & here