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He created the ultimate bachelor pad in this Hollywood rental

Matty Pipes had a goal when he moved into his new home in Hollywood: Create a bachelor pad with a well-traveled look that did not look “decorator done.”

“It was an opportunity for me to change my narrative and feel great about it,” says the 34-year-old digital media strategist.

And he wasn’t letting the fact that he was renting hold him back.

He chose a two-bedroom apartment at Eastown, the large-scale complex that opened on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014. He liked the apartment’s contemporary interior design details by Commune Design, amenities and a location that put him near restaurants, shops and the Hollywood/Vine subway station.

And then there was the killer view of the Capitol Records building.

A view of the Capitol Records building from Matty Pipes’ terrace.

“I love that I can walk to the ArcLight and Trader Joe’s,” Pipes says. “Some weekends I won’t leave my apartment because I have everything I need here.”

Pipes enlisted friends Andrew Stevens and Kim Swift of We Came in Peace, a design firm that typically stages parties and events.

“We call ourselves an experiential design firm,” explains Stevens. “We specialize in creating connected spaces where people come together to have a moment and learn about something or have a good time.”

How does that translate at home?

The guest room feels like an escape for overnight guests as saturated layers of blue create an elegantly moody cave.

The designers started by painting the walls warm colors — dark olive in the living room and kitchen area, chocolate brown in the master bedroom and teal blue in the guest room. (Building management was fine with it all.)

Stevens says their choices were a reflection of Pipes’ personal style.

“Matty’s bold and not afraid to take risks when it comes to fashion,” he says. “He also has the personality to pull off anything.”

Working with the unit’s cork flooring and birch plywood cabinetry choices, the designers mixed old and new furnishings to create a series of experiences: The guest room feels like a blue cocoon for overnight guests as saturated layers of indigo create an elegantly moody cave. In the living room, a pull-down screen allows Pipes to transform the living area into a movie theater. And the terrace, complete with fountain, potted plants and the Capitol Records building in the background, is the perfect venue to host parties.

Stevens describes the interiors as “a little ‘Mad Men,’ a little Hollywood midcentury,” thanks to a selection of vintage lighting and furnishings from the Rose Bowl Flea Market, new custom furnishings and artworks by many of Pipes’ friends.

Instead of purchasing a costly wall unit, designer Andrew Stevens installed a pair of steel library shelves for display and had them painted “just like a car.”

In the living room and open kitchen area, the designers added a narrow couch from Empiric along with a vintage rosewood credenza from the Hunt in Highland Park. Vintage lamps add an industrial feel, and a large hexagonal mirror from Nick Metropolis establishes an interesting geometry as you enter the living room. Instead of purchasing a costly wall unit, Stevens used a pair of steel library shelves. “We carried them across the street to the auto body shop and they painted them just like a car,” Stevens says.

A tour of the apartment confirms Pipes’ unconventional tastes: A striking pegwork artwork by Bradley Duncan hangs in the hallway, a vintage typewriter rests on a desk in the guest room and funky ceramic pieces by Ben Medansky are showcased throughout the apartment.

All of the objects are unique and out of the ordinary. “Everything needs to be touchable, tangible,” Pipes says. “I wanted everything real.”

As new development brings more residents to Hollywood, the neighborhood feels overwhelmed with new buildings and traffic. But We Came in Peace managed to create a sophisticated, cozy escape for Pipes that feels cut off from the bustling neighborhood.

“The social aspect of Hollywood is so great,” says Stevens who has hosted several events at Eastown including a gothic flower show last Valentine’s Day. “It was fun for us to get to flex our muscles in a residential way.”

Adds Pipes: “I am having a lot of fun living there.”

The living room features a drop-down screen allowing Matty Pipes to host screening parties in his Hollywood apartment.

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Digital media strategist Matty Pipes, 34, in the living room of his Hollywood apartment decorated and styled by Kim Swift and Andrew Stevens of We Came in Peace in Hollywood, Calif.

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Pipes and friends congregate at the zinc-topped dining table on his terrace in Hollywood with the historic Capitol Records building on the right.

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Pipes and friends congregate on his terrace in Hollywood.

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A view of the Capitol Records building from Matty Pipes’ terrace.

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Creating rooms within rooms helps to create distinctive experiences. Outdoors on the terrace, sheer drapes create a wall around the dining table.

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Outdoors on the terrace, an interactive LED-activated wall hanging from Italian design firm Carnovsky. “It’s a jungle theme,” says designer Andrew Stevens. “We are very in to outdoor artwork.”

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Ceramics by Ben Medansky in the apartment of digital media strategist Matty Pipes.

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Instead of purchasing a costly wall unit, designer Andrew Stevens installed a pair of steel library shelves for display and had them painted “just like a car.”

(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The designers added a custom ceiling mount for a drop-down screen made of birch to match the plywood cabinets in Matty Pipe’s apartment.

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A pegwork piece designed for the space by Atwater artist Bradley Duncan.

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Fedoras rest on a vintage suitcase in the guest room.

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The master bedroom in the apartment of digital media strategist Matty Pipes.

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Kim Swift and Andrew Stevens of We Came in Peace painted the walls chocolate brown in the master bedroom and teal blue in the guest room.

(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Vintage furnishings and accessories from the Rose Bowl flea market in the guest room.

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The guest room feels like an escape for overnight guests as saturated layers of blue create an elegantly moody cave.

(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

7 Ways to Make Your Home an Experience –Tips from the placemakers at We Came in Peace:

1. Put it on a dimmer: We don’t listen to music at one volume, so why should we accept one level of light? Adding dimmers to your light switches allows you to set the mood for dinner or crank it up when you need to be productive.

2. Go Green: Plants as living art: Live elements are essential. They add texture, dimension and organic energy to any space. Just make sure you follow the care instructions. To thrive, most plants need at least six hours of indirect light a day.

3. Do some self-reflection: Instantly double your ambient light by placing a mirror opposite your window. Oversize reflective surfaces open up small rooms.

4. Take it to another level: Poufs, ottomans and upholstered benches are great ways to fill in awkward areas and gather a large group in one place.

5. Create spaces within spaces: Unshackle your sofa and let it float in the middle of the room — creating new walkways and letting your furniture define a new “room within a room.”

6. Find a new angle: Try putting the largest piece of furniture at a new angle and rebuilding the room around it — this can transform a space without spending a dollar.

7. When in doubt, repaint: The power of color is awesome. Choose a tone from your outdoor environment and bring it inside or select your favorite item from your wardrobe and paint a bathroom or foyer in the same hue. It will become an instant statement with a story behind it.

When it comes to apartment living, Matty Pipes has long appreciated urban life, having spent years renting digs in downtown Los Angeles, Echo Park and Silver ]]>