well, at long last i get to share with you a tour of my new L.A. home! the lovely team over at refinery29 asked me if they could share, and not only was i flattered, i was so very happy to hear that laure joliet would be shooting the feature for them. you may have seen a few instagrams, but here it is — my new home in echo park, and as a first-time homeowner. i couldn’t be happier here! the neighborhood feels as though i’ve landed in pleasantville — my neighbors have been so welcoming, and the vibe around here is very laid back, and very creative. i think if i had to pick a place that was as much like san francisco as i could, this just might be it. it’s even hilly! big hills, huge ones, and elysian park is essentially in my backyard, so lucy and i hike there daily. it’s very walkable with great hidden staircases, and charming cafes close by, like fix, valerie and chango just a few minutes away. anyway, on with the tour, and for more photos from laure of my place and their interview with me, pop on over refinery29 — thank you so much for the very kind feature!
here’s the living room. i had custom-built bookcases installed by my handy dandy carpenter colin hughes — they really came out beautifully and made the room feel much cozier. we painted all the walls and ceiling in Benjamin Moore’s oxford white, and we installed vintage doors from the salvage yard and painted all of those in benjamin moore’s onyx black — their Aura Interior paint delivers remarkable durability and offers the most advanced way to bring color to life. Using their exclusive Color Lock®technology, Aura paint brings you discernibly richer, truer color. Visibly thicker, Aura paint covers like no other — even in the deepest shades like the onyx black. we then added white porcelain knobs i found on amazon. the Vintage Rattan Daybed is from Elsie Green and i had Cerda’s Upholstery create custom channille cushions for it and they did such a nice job! my white linen edith sectional sofa is slipcovered (so i can throw it in the washer!) and super comfy and from Canvas Interiors. the knoll saarinen coffee table is a from hive modern and the vintage area rug is from abc carpet & home. the poufs are from serena & lily, mui ma* and marrakesh style. the lovely print over the sofa is called hold fast by lisa golightly of kiki & polly; and the black mantis wall scone is from CB2.
the dining room was a bit challenging because the front door opens up right into it. i did have my mum’s french farm table here, but a rectangular table was a tad awkward. i replaced it with the amazing marble topped knoll saarinen table from yliving and added my vintage saarinen tulip chairs and a couple of vintage bentwood chairs i found on craigslist. i like the mismatched look of different dining chairs. the lamp fixture is from my old house, a george nelson bubble lamp, and the gold mirror was an urban outfitter’s display fixture i got when they had a used fixture sale. the sconces were a $5 flea market find. the console was one of those limited edition pieces from anthropologie made from reclaimed wood. the pretty print is by laure joliet and it’s called bougainvillea.
for my office door we found a vintage glass door just for fun, and i hope to print BOSS in gold letters across the top. and we’re going to paint the floors white very soon! i moved the antique farmhouse table into my office and it serves nicely as my desk now with one of the vintage saarinen tulip chairs that swivel. my vintage armoire serves as a catch-all for my office supplies and my wireless computer printer — it’s quite handy to be able to tuck that bit of unattractiveness away. i hung my ‘inspiration wire’ (a wire curtain rod from IKEA) and i change out the art along it all the time. currently, i’m hanging some new pieces i printed at parabu press (who i’ll be sharing with you soon once their website is up and running). and the colorful Boucherouite rug is from abc carpet and home.
in the bedroom i’ve got dwellstudio’s beautiful somerset bed in black linen. i call it my batgirl bed. and my white bedding is super soft from parachute. those white linen pillows with the copper zipper were a housewarming gift from elsie green (and we’re going to give away a pair next week!) and the fluffy pillow is from anthropologie. the crochet throw is vintage from la casa decoto. above the bed is my favorite rikkianne van kirk print, hold. the saarinen side tables are from DWR. the area rug is a vintage Beni Ourain from the pink rug co. my latest addition are the branch lighting fixtures from woodlandhillhome and i love them. they give off the warmest glow at night. note: that metal sconce was existing and will be removed once a new one arrives from schoolhouse electric.
this is bathroom and the little guest room, which will actually eventually be a walk-in closet once i remodel the tiny bathroom and make it a whole lot bigger by expanding it into this guest room. but for now, it’s pretty simple — an IKEA mandal bed with great drawers in the frame for extra storage with some fun striped sheets and duvet from schoolhouse electric. the little end table is the case study fiberglass demi table from modernica. the little bedside lovell task lamp is from barn light electric. the new york print is from artilleriet and the lourve poloroid print is by jen gotch. this is where i hang my hat, so to speak, on a vintage tie rack, along with all my bags and hats. the vintage portraits you may recognize from my old house.
one of my favorite things about the house? all the outdoor space and my rattan porch swing, from serena & lily. next up i’ll be sharing the kitchen makeover once a few more things are finished, and my outside dining patio that we’re currently building. it’s looking pretty smashing, and i can’t wait to share the before + after!
• photography by laure joliet.