The Los Angeles apartment that designer Sabin Ousey rents with his two roommates is, not surprisingly, very much in-line with the aesthetic of his own furniture — a mixture of new and old, romantic and bold, the familiar and the exotic. A resident of this particular apartment for four years (and the building itself for eight), Sabin has had ample time to cull a highly personal aesthetic, one that both complements and playfully contradicts the formal qualities of the space. Overall, the three-bedroom’s decorative scheme reads as an exercise in studied maximalism: a combination of luxe appointments, rich materials, and contrasting sizes, shapes, and textures. Sabin has drawn from numerous geographic and historical sources and dotted the space with various curiosities and objects of naturalia — a modern-day Kunstkammer of sorts.
In addition to the apartment’s beautifully eclectic aesthetic (one that Sabin’s friends joke has become almost like a “showroom” for his designs), the space came fortuitously outfitted with amenities most renters would be jealous of: two working bars (one in the living room and one in the TV room), a large open-air deck, and tall windows with views of the Hollywood Hills. “I probably can’t ever move,” Sabin jokes, “seeing how rents are only getting crazier in Los Angeles!” Not that he would ever need to — the spacious home seems the perfect space for relaxing, entertaining, and gatherings of good friends. —Max