Filming an updated house tour has been on my to-do list for a long time but due to constant traveling for work I never stayed in L.A. long enough to prioritize it. The worldwide lockdown has given me the time to enjoy my moments at home in L.A. and to finally film this updated house tour. Buying this house on my own was such a huge milestone for me. I’ve always wanted to own a house in this neighborhood and still can’t believe that I was able to renovate it with my dad. Traveling around the world, I’ve seen the most beautiful designs and have always admired beautiful tile work especially from Morocco, Italy and France so I definitely had fun with tiling in this house. While I documented the renovation process from the demo, placing walls to sourcing hardware on YouTube, this blog post puts more focus on how I furnished and decorated the space.
First impression is everything and I wanted to do something major that made a great first impression when people came over. Plus, I have this thing with floors. I was inspired by the floors of Sketch London and the old Céline store so I sourced few different marbles and then cut them down individually and had these placed. Working to get the design and color alignment right was a fun but time-consuming project but it was all worth it. I placed the two vintage wicker chairs that I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market under the untouched window of the foyer to create symmetry in the space. The crazy part is when I first bought this house, this window was hidden because there used to be a coat closet right where the two chairs are. The entry wasn’t as bright and inviting as it is now.
I kept the floors in the powder room quite simple with black and white marble. The original powder room was half the size so I opened it up to bring in more light, and went with brass details. The wall art was the final touch to filling up the space.
In the living room sits my dream sofa by Mario Bellini. I got the rug from my last trip to Morocco. The last addition of the living room was the vintage wood coffee table I found from the Rose Bowl Flea Market. When it comes to furniture, I love pieces that are timeless and I love rooms that don’t look too perfect as if it came from a catalogue. I appreciate the lived-in look. The large mirror in the back is from CB2.
I often got asked about my marble end table – it’s actually made from marble scraps when I was renovating the house but you can find a similar one here.
A moment with my beloved Pierre Jeanneret chair.
The dining room has also become my home office since quarantine. So I decided to surround myself with beautiful greeneries and art that is a great mood lifter for me. These simple line drawings are by Amanda Shadforth. The ceramic vases are by Simone Bodmer Turner.
I completely remodeled the space to create this open-concept kitchen and opted for monochromatic marble countertops and cabinets. It is also decorated with vases and art to give the kitchen its own special touch. Having two dogs and also being super clumsy, I knew I’d ruin the floors if I had wood in the kitchen, so I decided to put in porcelain tiles that look like wood in a herringbone pattern.
For the master bedroom, I kept everything very simple in relaxing neutral hues with just the bedside fiddle leaf tree and the mid-century lamp (similar here and here) that I got at the flea market ages ago.
The master bathroom is where I got creative with textures and details. It’s where I spend a lot of time doing my skincare, really taking care of my body, thinking a lot when I’m taking a bath or a shower and also a place where I get ready with my makeup and hairstylist before big shoots. I went with a marble mosaic tile and went a bit dramatic with the countertop and shower. Since it’s a pretty large master bathroom, I also incorporated organic textures like the wood framed art and a wicker folding chair and laundry basket. The bath mats are Cold Picnic (similar here and here). The beautiful photography is by Lucy Laucht.
Interior Photography by Adrian Martin