When the Wards found their house in Benedict Canyon, they truly felt that they had "come home". It was just the type of house they had been looking for - a classic post and beam. Built in 1956, it has walls of glass, a ton of natural light, a great fireplace, plenty of wall space for their growing art collection and it's the perfect setting for the mid century modern furniture the family loves. It also came with a luxury you rarely find in Los Angeles; nothing but hillside beyond their yard. For the last 8 years, the family has enjoyed their home, the great location and style while surviving a fire, a flood, rattlesnakes and scorpions. Gotta love So Cal canyon living! Check out more reasons why the Wards love their home after the jump.
Living in one of the canyons in Los Angeles takes some getting used to. Canyon life with a young child means you end up doing a lot of driving, and at various times they have scouted other neighborhoods closer to Gary's office or Henry's school, both of which are in Santa Monica. In the end, they've been unable to give up the serenity, privacy and ease that their home provides. It is warm, welcoming and comfortable. Although the home is surrounded by nature, the family also enjoys all of the cultural benefits that living in a large city has to offer. Per Gary, "our home is perfect for entertaining, something we do fairly frequently. When we find ourselves becoming bored with design in the home, we just shuffle the artwork around, bring in new pillows, vintage finds or a new piece of furniture. (all Apartment Therapy ideas!) The house's simple design allows us the freedom and inspiration to experiment and explore."
Our style: Mid-century modern/eclectic/random collections of objects, interesting ephemera, art, books, and whatever happens to catch our fancy.
Inspiration: The generous wall space for artwork, the wonderful light, art, our love of cooking and entertaining, hanging with friends by the fireplace, outdoor gatherings.
Favorite Element: The natural light and beamed ceilings.
What Friends Say: It is warm and welcoming. Mission accomplished!
Biggest Embarrassment: Our closets!
Proudest DIY: Our work in the garden.
Biggest Indulgence: No question - the art collection!
Best advice: When in doubt, plant a succulent.
Dream source: Art auctions and vintage accessories stores.
Appliances: Bosch, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid
Hardware: IKEA, Hardware Store
Furniture: Eames, Saarinen, Knoll, IKEA
Accessories: Anthropologie (sofa pillows & master bedding), OK (West Third St. – brown oval stones in box plus assorted other items), vintage (various finds), Tortoise on Abbot Kinney (vintage Japanese lacquer teapot and cups www.tortoiselife.com), www.easterncurio.com (Chinese cultural revolution ceramic figures), IKEA, Ella Doran (laminated photo mats under salt cellars on kitchen counter), Jonathan Adler pottery (windowsill in kitchen), Roost decorative accessories (large wooden stag’s head)
Lighting: Noguchi, IKEA
Window Treatments: IKEA (kitchen)
Artwork: Collection includes: Raymond Pettibon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, David Salle, Alexis Smith, Kiki Smith, Donald Baechler, Frank Stella, Tracey Emin, Bill Barminski, Chris Johanson, Danny Tull, Ed Templeton, Gronk, Stas Orlovski, Robbie Conal.
Tiles and Stone: Industrial carpeting, IKEA, Target
(Thanks, Leslie, Gary and Henry!)