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.
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