Dustin Walker for Laurel & Wolf
The jet-setting investors of Arena Ventures have mastered the art of business travel. Though Los Angeles is home for this four-person team, weekly trips to San Francisco mean a lot of time spent away.
Expensive hotels and room service quickly lost their luster and, with sky-high rents in San Francisco, a lease on a four-bedroom apartment wasn’t any more appealing.
So Arena Ventures found a one-bedroom apartment and enlisted the help of one of their own investments, Laurel & Wolf, a Los Angeles-based interior design startup that pairs clients with designers to refresh specific rooms for $149 each. For $249 a room, you can pick from three different designers whose concepts you can preview before selecting.
Laurel & Wolf designer Erica Johnston helped the team transform their one-bedroom apartment into a two-bedroom space where the team could both live and work when they’re in town. Let’s take a look inside.
The main priority was to create a space that would house one or all of the founders at the same time. “And as a seed fund, we also needed an affordable solution to hotel rooms that could be used for sleeping, hosting founders, and meeting with our companies,” founder and managing partner Paige Craig said to Laurel & Wolf.
Laurel & Wolf designer Erica Johnson split up this tiny, open-concept floor plan into three sections. It was an especially big challenge given the apartment has only 600 square feet of space.
The central living room creates a functional place for both meetings and relaxation.