Domino: This L.A. Bachelor Swapped SoCal Earth Tones for Neon Tables and a Massive Sky Blue Sofa

ACME agent Alana Gospodnetich’s client transformed his home as featured in Domino Magazine. Here’s the before for comparison.

For entrepreneur Eric Bach, it was always about that kitchen marble. Even before he had ever met designer Leah Ring of Another Human, he followed her on Instagram, where she posted a swirly emerald and celery slab. He DMed her immediately, sharing his obsession. “I have a bit of a psychedelic taste in things,” Bach says. “And it just blew my mind. It feels like you’re tripping when you look at it.”

Marble backsplash behind kitchen stove

But timing is everything, as they say, and when he hired Ring to gut reno his new Craftsman home in Echo Park, a suburb of Los Angeles, that particular piece of whirly goodness had already been scooped up by someone else. “I started reaching out to literally every stone yard,” Ring recalls. “A lot had green, but this was very specific.” Luckily, they eventually found two slabs of it, and the project could commence.

Sky blue L-shaped sofa in living room
Marenco Sofa System, Arflex; Tavolo Morbido Coffee Table, Studio Mignone.; 28 Stem Floor Lamp, Bocci; Wine Print by David Shrigley.

Before marble could be laid, however, the space needed a full renovation to open up the layout—Bach, the owner of Good Boy Wine and West & Wild, dreamed of hosting friends in the living room while he cooked in the kitchen. But the main living space was subdivided with columns, and the kitchen was closed off, so Ring went to work on creating a blueprint that would fit his casual hosting style—aka forgoing a formal dining room because, hey, this is L.A., and everyone can eat at the kitchen island or outside.

Gallery wall with Frame TV
Haller System Cabinet, USM; Lack Shelves, IKEA; Art by Cleon Peterson, Aryz, and Jonny Negron.

Another key to hosting? An L-shaped sofa that could fit all of his friends (and his pup) and dominate the living room. Adamant to defy the ever-popular SoCal earth-toned palette, he went in the other direction, toward the sky. “I wanted something that reminded me of sitting on a cloud,” says Bach. You can almost feel the Simpsons-like nimbi descending.

Living room with green fireplace
Wilkes Modular Sofa Group Chairs, DWR.

Next to the sofa, a sitting area houses what Ring calls neon “wackadoo chairs,” which reflect off the baby blue and nod to Bach’s art collection, a vivid array of modern pieces that blend in perfectly with his Frame TV in the living room.

Bathroom with mixed blue tiles
Passion Blue Paint, Benjamin Moore; Cotton, Carolina, Sky, Everest, Olympic, and Denim Ceramic Tile, Zia Tile; Dimple Sconces, RBW; Metris Widespread Faucet, Hansgrohe.
Close up of bathroom cabinet pulls

An avid collector, Bach let his gallery inform much of the home’s design, like in the primary bathroom, for example, where a photograph of a woman swimming underwater (taken by a friend who lives in Majorca, Spain) inspired the mix of blue tiles that coat the shower walls and floor. “I showed my friends and family the mock-ups, and they said, ‘You’re gonna get sick of it’ and ‘It looks like a high school bathroom,’” Bach recalls. “And now that it’s done, they’re like, ‘I’m so happy that you did this.’ Taking a shower in there is just so lovely.”

Coffee table with books
Close up of green fireplace

Trusting his gut, especially when it comes to color, is a common theme. The guest bathroom is a soothing sageish space that Bach wanted to feel spalike. Over in one of the guest rooms (which doubles as his office), a shocking pink comforter covers a daybed, while Technicolor art hangs above.

Guest bedroom with plant and mushroom lamp
Brennan Bed and Bedding, West Elm; Berber Moroccan Rug, Etsy; Roman Shade, 3 Day Blinds; Wood End Table, Etsy; Joy Clay Table Lamp by Leanne Ford, Crate & Barrel.
Sage green bathroom tiles
Nature Lover Paint, Benjamin Moore; Saguaro Cement Tile, Zia Tile.
Guest room with bright pink comforter on day bed
Quilted Duvet, HIG, Amazon; Half Moon Grid Pillow Cover Set, West Elm; Photograph by Eric Bach; Lux Prima Encounter Screen Print by Karen O; Night Swimming Print by Gabriel Alcala; Mac DeMarco Print by Kii Arens.

The only real neutral spot is the primary bedroom, which layers neutral shades of linen bedding and contains a simple drawerless nightstand. “I didn’t want the bedroom to feel crazy,” says Bach.  “Because you wake up and step into the bathroom, and that’s also crazy. I wanted to be intentional with the areas that need to be calming, and then the ones that should really wake you up and energize you.”

Bedroom with neutral linen beding
Sage Linen Duvet Cover, Mineral Linen Sheet, Hazelnut Linen Pillowcases, Bed Threads; 57 Table Light, Bocci; Greek Head Unfinished Painting by Ramsey Dau.
Mirror in neutral bedroom
Curtain, 3 Day Blinds.

So much of the energy is reserved for the kitchen, where that backsplashplays nice with Plykea cabinet fronts made from an almond-colored laminate that shows off exposed edges. Down below, a linoleum floor mimics the marble. The trippy marble, well, at this point it goes with everything, to Bach’s (and Ring’s) absolute delight. And if one day, he’s not feeling it anymore, that’s okay, too. “I’m not afraid to be bold and make a statement no matter what people say,” Bach says. “I think with personal style, it’s meant to evolve and it’s meant to change—and it’s meant to make you happy.”

Kitchen island with cookbooks in shelves

Ready Stacking Counter Stools, Bludot; Blinds, 3 Day Blinds; Vintage Steinhauer Pendant Light, Etsy.

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