Name: Faith Blakeney
Location: The Treehouse - Los Angeles, California
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years
I spent a warm Sunday hanging out with Faith at her bohemian treehouse. She is one stylish lady (and, yes, she is the sister of Justina Blakeney). When Faith moved from New York a few years back, she looked at place after place on Craigslist only to get frustrated because she had her heart set on lving in Venice. Then, when she reluctantly agreed to look at a place (now, her home) just outside of Venice, she cried when she walked through the front door. It was perfect!
Faith's daughter Noa loves their new home as well. It is whimsical and fun - perfect for a little girl's imagination. Faith is constantly changing up the space and just before I arrived she had created a secret space for Noa behind her closet doors. Noa says we have to keep it a secret, so please don't tell anyone about her hideout.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Indubitably eclectic, nomadic, thrifty, adventurous, inviting, dreamy, otherworldly
Inspiration: The most lovely tents, trailers and treehouses all over the world. Gypsies. Music, magic and fairytales. This awe inspiring planet and my beloved daughter.
Favorite Element: The natural light, the funky little intimate spaces, my super low maintenance succulent garden.
Biggest Challenge: Editing. I have a space, not far from the Treehouse, I call the "Atelier." It is where I keep the rest of the treasures I have found for work. Choosing what belongs at the Treehouse and what does not is the hardest task.
What Friends Say: "When Noa moves out, can I have her room?"
Biggest Embarrassment: The flooring (the carpet and tile in kitchen and bathroom). Oh, also I have no bathtub, well, that is more sad than embarrassing really. My daughter and I have found a solution though - once a week we treat ourselves to a soak at the Korean Spa!
Proudest DIY:The painted circus stripes on the ceiling in the living room and Noa's storage closet that we transformed into her secret sacred space!
Biggest Indulgence: My boyfriend's precious time painting and doing handy work. Thank you Fabrizio! Travelling all over the globe and finding these treasures. Oh, and I have 3 big eventual indulgences: a skylight above the bed, a tub for the terrace in back and a mod potbellied fireplace for the living room.
Best Advice: It doesn't take a big budget nor a big house to create your dream home. It takes a good eye, time, a sense of adventure and loads of love.
Dream Sources: The Rose Bowl at the break of dawn, the open air markets of Turkey, 1st Dibs and my Atelier.
Resources of Note:
Reverse Osmosis Water Filter - our savior!
- The Rose Bowl
- Women's Counsel Thrift Store
- The House of Return Thrift Store
- Flea markets and thrift stores all over the globe
Same sources as furniture.
Pendant lamp in living room - The Rose Bowl
Let's not talk about it.
RUGS & CARPETS
TILES & STONE
Let's not talk about it.
Vintage sheets and fabric hung by clip rings from Restoration Hardware
Everywhere - mostly by my favorite artiste - Miss Noa Plank!
Shelves and frames - Ikea
Images: Marcia Prentice
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