Carol's Architectural Home in the Hills

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Name: Carol LeFlufy, Photographer's Agent - Eye Forward Agency
Location: Silverlake - Los Angeles, California
Size: 1400 square feet
Years lived in: Owned for 4 1/2 years

I was referred to Carol through a friend, and couldn't wait to see her home in person. Can you believe that her home was built by a young architect in his 20s? The bones of the house are pretty special, but Carol's stunning artwork and photography collection displayed in just about every room definitely tops it off.

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One of my favorite elements in the house (besides the fantastic art) is the abundance of windows and natural light. Because the house has such an open layout, it is hard to believe that it is only 1400 square feet. No matter where you are in the home, you feel connected to the other rooms, which is really great for entertaining. Carol, you have one special house and I have major envy!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: My style is an eclectic mix, with a lot of Mid-Century modern design.

Inspiration: My father was an architect, and I grew up in a house he designed and built, with big glass windows in the living room just like where I live now. The Mid-Century design and aesthetic of that house has always stayed with me.

Shelter magazines, books, and design blogs inspire me. I love architecture and interior design! I go on all the house tours that I can in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. I visit Palm Springs a lot and always go to the Modernism show there every February. I love the design of old cars, especially 1950 and 1960 Porsches. Art, photography, nature and my friends and family also always inspire me!

Favorite Element: I love the light, views and vistas from the many windows in my house, and also the beautiful Southern California vegetation framed by the many windows. After living in NYC for twenty years I am still surprised by the world outside my windows when I get up every morning.

Biggest Challenge: My biggest challenge was where to put my large photography and art book collection. In my homes in the past I had one large area and/or wall where I could put all the books, which this house did not have because of the many windows and the slanted roof lines. So I built two sets of shelves in the sunken living room area and modified my existing metal shelves to fit into a former closet in the guest bedroom. As you can see, my book collection is always growing, so I may have to face this challenge again soon.

The secondary big challenge was where to hang or display all my art and photography, because there are so many windows and not that many solid walls in this house. So I used my print rails, that were built for my apartment in NYC, in the living room and bedroom, and rotate the pieces on a regular basis. I also used the top of the kitchen cabinets to display a collection of abstract 1960's paintings.

What Friends Say: They all love it, and more than one of them has asked to come over and spend the day looking at books and hanging out. They all want me to have more parties, and my New York friends call it the best hotel and retreat in LA.

Biggest Embarrassment: The black granite kitchen counters, which I hate — they are impossible to keep clean, and they are always top on my list of things to do until some unexpected project like the front or back decks comes up and then they do not get replaced, again!

Proudest DIY: Stealing succulent plants from empty lots and overgrown gardens in the neighborhood for my garden.

Biggest Indulgence: Buying the house!

Best Advice: My friend Robert Lewis, an amazing lighting designer, told me to buy the Tom Dixon Copper Shade Light Fixture for my dining room from Design Within Reach. I would love one of his lights there too, of course, but at that moment he suggested it and I went with it and I love it!

Dream Sources:

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Resources of Note:

APPLIANCES

HARDWARE

  • All vintage

FURNITURE & LIGHTING

ACCESSORIES

LIGHTING

PAINT

  • Ralph Lauren - sorry do not have the color names anymore!

RUGS & CARPETS

  • ABC Carpet & Home: Hide Patch rug in living room
  • midcenturyLA: Brown shag rug in living room and area rug in hall outside bedroom
  • Dining Room rug and front hall rug - Moroccan bought in Morocco

WINDOW TREATMENTS

ARTWORK

  • Staley-Wise Gallery
  • Fahey/Klein Gallery
  • Edwynn Houk Gallery
  • Katharine Mulherin
  • Los Angeles Modern Auctions
  • Drawing at top of stairs outside of bathroom - Jennifer Green
  • Abstract paintings in kitchen - Flea markets, Hedge Palm Springs and Bret Witke
  • Painting in living room by stereo - Graham Gilmore - Monte Clark Gallery
  • Painting over sideboard in dining room - 1960's abstract from Palm Springs Modernism show
  • Cat print in kitchen - David Weidman
  • Photography in Living Room: Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Perry Ogden, Roger Maybe, Connie Imboden, Louis Faurer, Peter Beard, Gilles Peress, Lloyd Ziff, Ruth Orkin, Kurt Markus,
  • Photography in Front Hall: Vanina Sorrenti and William Claxton

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Thanks, Carol!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.