L.A.’s Venice neighborhood is known for being home to eternal hippies and leathery boardwalk rollerbladers. A few blocks away from the beach, though, a lesser-known attraction resides — a cluster of canals, that were built as an homage to the area’s namesake in Italy. They’re shiny and gorgeous, as are the houses that surround them, and yes, it’s stupid expensive to live near them.
Even so, there’s a lot of inspiration to be gleaned from houses like the one pictured above, which was featured in a recent photo essay in the LA Times (see the entire gallery here). The home is owned by Nely Galán, a TV producer and executive, and speaking as someone who just moved into a new apartment and is staring at a bunch of blank walls, the bright colors of Galán’s exterior make me want to run to the closest purveyor of Benjamin Moore and scoop up everything primary.
In lieu of that, though, here are some Galán-inspired items that might involve less manual labor to incorporate.