Christina's "Olmay Oh My!" House Tour

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Name: Christina Nickerson, Owner of Olmay Home, and her husband, two daughters, and their dog
Location: Hancock Park, Los Angeles, California
Size: 5,000 square feet
Years lived in: 15 years

I've always been surprised that the classics, things like great jeans, a beautiful white mug, a plain dark chocolate bar, someone who makes a good martini — which you would think would be so easy to locate — can be so hard to find. So I felt elated when I stumbled onto the online boutique Olmay Home. One look and I was hooked. Here were all the simple, beautiful things that make European homes so appealing — linen kitchen towels, mohair throws, leather handled baskets — and that I could never seem to find. When I clicked over to the contact page and learned that it was based in Los Angeles, not only was I surprised, I was also certain that the owner's home would be just as mesmerizing. I was right.

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Christina, who was born and raised in Norway, spent many years traveling around Europe, where she was enchanted by local artisanal goods and the craftsmen who made them. After a move to the states, finding herself unable to find a good source for the simple pieces she craved, she decided to start a business to share her finds.

The same impeccable eye for beauty and composition I'd glimpsed on the website was apparent from the moment I stepped through Christina's front door. I wasn't surprised to discover that she is also a photographer (specializing in family portraits) in her spare time: the light was muted, the colors were calming, there were entrancing vignettes everywhere. It was as if I'd stepped through a magical portal and been suddenly transported to a farmhouse in the south of France.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic. It's a mixture of old and modern. I never know how it's going to turn out, and things gets tossed in that I never expected. I get inspired very easily. I like things cozy and warm. As much as I would like to be completely minimalist, it never works.

Inspiration: Because the house is Mediterranean, I wanted to Spanish it up. Everything was original from when it was built in 1927.

Favorite Element: Probably the hallway. It's just so grand, and it leads into almost every room.

Biggest Challenge: Money! It's easy to decorate if you have a lot of money. The backyard — I haven't gotten around to doing anything back there.

What Friends Say: Warm and cozy for sure. The kids are allowed to play in every room. Sometimes we'll hang a swing in the hallway and let the kids swing. In fact, we have two swings!

Biggest Embarrassment: That we haven't gotten to the backyard! I had plans for a firepit and flagstone but they never materialized.

Proudest DIY: Probably gutting the family room. We took out the old dropped ceiling. I also removed the island in the kitchen. We got out the hammers.

Best Advice: Sisal rugs. They clean up easily and they're very understated. Start with very light colors and add colors later.

Dream Sources: Environment furniture I'm loving their sofas — they're so comfortable. And the quality is so rich. And IKEA. I think they're brilliant.

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Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS

  • White White by Dunn Edwards

ENTRY

  • table from a furniture store on Pico that's no longer there.

LIVING ROOM

  • The couches are from Restoration Hardware
  • The piano was an old recording piano from my husband's father
  • Everything else was from antique stores.
  • Area rug from Lawrence of LaBrea on top of the sea grass rugs from Nestor Carpets on Beverly Boulevard

DINING ROOM

  • The table and chairs are from Charles & Charles. It's a custom furniture place that's an amazing resort. They mostly make stuff for stores. They've also got vintage.
  • Ray Farra on LaBrea redid all my lamps. He did the Spanish lamp.

KITCHEN

  • I stripped all the cabinets and realized it was beautiful rosewood so I just put a little oil.

MASTER BEDROOM

  • Desk and nightstand tables - Charles & Charles
  • Dressers - antique shop on LaBrea that is no longer there
  • Sofa - reupholstered hand-me-down
  • Drapes - Silk Trading Company on LaBrea

OLIVIA'S BEDROOM
  • Dresser: Antique
  • Bed: Ikea
  • Desk and Shelves: Ikea
  • Wooden branch: Found in Franklin Canyon. The owls are from the 99 cent store.

MAYA'S BEDROOM
  • Dresser: Pottery Barn
  • Bed: Vintage, painted gray.
  • Table with chairs: Vintage
  • Vanity table: Pottery barn
  • Desk: Antique with Ikea chair.
  • Lampshade: Ray Ferra's Iron n Antique Accents

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Thanks, Christina!

(Images: Bethany Nauert)

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