unexpected guests: laure joliet.
it’s been a shamefully long time since we’ve had unexpected guests, but today we’ve got a great one. i’m a big fan of our guest, laure joliet’s interior photography, and her fabulous sense of style, so i’m excited to share her 450 square foot apartment in Echo Park, Los Angeles. talk about small spaces, big style — laure’s 1920′s bungalow is all that and more. spared down and stylish, laure shares her cozy mid-century modern space with Hazelnut, her beautiful Abyssinian cat.
you can take a peek at laure’s most recent work for the new york times here and here and you can also see her shots of The Brick House in the brand new Design•sponge book! you can also check out laure’s lovely blog, at home at home, here.
Tell us a little bit about your space:
It’s a small space and I wanted a place to lounge on a couch and also a space to work (since I work from home) that could double as a dining room table for entertaining. It wasn’t easy to fit it all in. Morgan from The Brick House came over and helped me tweak. She worked with me as a stylist on the TV show and I am a convert. she is gifted at that last 10% tweaking that makes a space come together. She convinced me to change up the floor plan (it’s laid out differently from when you sneak peeked it) and then she styled my shelves using all my same things but making it look a little nicer. She also helped me figure out what art to hang. And when to not hang it.
What are a few of your favorite things to do in your neighborhood?
I live in Echo Park nestled right between silver lake and downtown LA. I lived in Venice for years so coming to the east side was a switch for me, but so far I love it. I can watch the fireworks at dodger stadium from my bedroom window. I love that Echo Park is filled with hills and little bungalows and that in the morning the fog rests in the trees and makes it all feel like magic. I’m big on yoga (to undo the effects of shooting and then being on the computer all the time) so I love the new studio that opened up down the street: yogala echo park. We also have great coffee at Fix which can double as a great place to work if I need to get out of the house.
What are your top three online shops?
What’s your favorite flea market, or secondhand find?
Does all of my grandmother’s furniture count? I inherited a ton of my grandmother’s danish modern furniture and don’t know what I would do without it. She took really good care of it and so now I do, too. It’s nice to have family history all around me. Most recently I found the little slab coffee table when Morgan took me thrifting in the desert. That little guy was just $20. I’ll probably end up using him as a nightstand when I have a bigger place.
What’s your favorite possession?
I aspire to be a minimalist and not be super attached to having ‘stuff’ but I am guilty of hanging on to things for sentimental reasons. Among the things I will never be able to let go of: old family photographs, my mom’s old modeling photos and these little photo books my french grandmother made for me when I was young (it’s no wonder I’m a photographer). I have a couple of the most important images up in my hallway so that I actually live with them and not just have them shoved away in a box. Oh, and my cat. She’s a possession, right?
What five things can’t you live without?
Coffee, my phone, my camera, tomatoes, the possibility of adventure and travel.
What bores you to death?
The technical sides of things.
What’s your “go-to” specialty – a cocktail, a recipe, a certain flower arrangement?
Hands down, my vinaigrette. The secret is seasoned rice vinegar.
If you could go shopping with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Isabel Marant. She’s someone I imagine has impeccable taste and an opinion. And I demand that we have an unlimited budget and can travel to the ends of the earth to find textiles, weird leather shoes, paintings, piles of rope, great t shirts, amazing old chairs and anything with patina.
Guests are coming over — what’s on your soundtrack?
• all photos courtesy of laure joliet.