Mot­ley

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Joshua Keys took over the Foun­tain Av­enue store­front last year and re­mod­eled the in­te­rior to ac­com­mo­date his wide-rang­ing se­lec­tion of fur­nish­ings, home goods and dec­o­ra­tive arts. The self-de­scribed jack-of-all-trades is a skilled crafts­man who comes from a fam­ily of iron work­ers in Michi­gan, so he per­son­ally in­stalled the new birch ply­wood floor­ing, shelv­ing, a slid­ing cat­walk shelf and even the chan­nel let­ters on the store’s blade sign. (He also holds a mas­ter’s in land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture from the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan.) While Keys still main­tains a ware­house and stu­dio in Long Beach, he was charmed by “the quaint­ness” of the stretch where the for­mer Cedars of Le­banon Hos­pi­tal, now owned by the Church of Scien­tol- ogy, looms large over a low-slung com­mer­cial clus­ter and the restau­rant Square One at­tracts day­time foot traf­fic. Mot­ley L.A.’s in­ven­tory in­cludes pieces from the mid-1950s through the 1970s, in­clud­ing Dan­ish Mod­ern fur­ni­ture, dec­o­ra­tive met­al­work by Curtis Jere and clas­sic Milo Baugh­man pieces, many of which Keys has re­stored. He’s used mod­est square footage to max­i­mum ef­fect. “I’ve al­ways liked cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent mo­ments,” Keys said.

4876 Foun­tain Ave.; (562) 508-6732, www.mot­ley.la

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