Name: Greg Wooten - partner at the design store, The Window & Deirdre Keeley - creative producer/writer (The Food Network, BBC, Sony Pictures, etc.) Location: Silver Lake, aka "The Circle Guest House" - Los Angeles, California Size: 1000 square feet Years lived in: 6 months (rent)
Boy, I was in for a treat when I visited Greg and Deirdre at "The Circle Guest House;" the guest house that they rent from an eclectic artist. When your landlord is this creative and loves displaying art in the front yard, there is never a dull moment. My favorite piece - the human-size hamster wheel (yes, you read that right).
Greg and Deirdre are New York transplants who thought they would stay in LA for a short time. The warm weather and California lifestyle have since started to change their mind about going back to New York. Who would leave Los Angeles when you've scored a very sought after and special guest house? They had to beat out another potential renter with their charm and wit! Greg and Deirdre's friends are always asking if they can have the place if they decide to move.
Inspiration: An organic mix of our love of the SoCal Fleas and our fascination with the vibrant color palette of Cuba. They are both reflected in the patina and forms of our vintage industrial pieces, artwork and textiles.
Favorite Element: As New Yorkers, we cherish the light, our views and the surrounding nature. Nothing beats going to your front yard to pick lemons and avocados! Also, our artist neighbors are always creating some new and amazing project on the main property. Who else has a human-size fully functioning hamster wheel in their yard?
Biggest Challenge: Creating an instant interior from scratch. We started with a blank canvas as we left our apartment in Brooklyn and home upstate fully furnished.
What Friends Say: "If you ever move, can we have first shot?"
Biggest Embarrassment: Not an embarrassment, but a challenge: our RV style kitchen. Making a dozen pots de creme for Thanksgiving in the tiny stove. It took double the cooking time. We thought the custard would never set!
Proudest DIY: Finding virtually every piece grass roots style by shopping the fleas, garage sales, estate sales dumpsters, etc.
Biggest Indulgence: A fireplace blazing all year round.
Best Advice: Don't buy new - vintage is the ultimate green.
Dream Sources: We're living the Dream...interesting and unusual design is everywhere for urban archeologists like us!
The Window...A sweet perk of Greg being a partner at The Window is that we have the luxury of trying out pieces from the store periodically.
Misc. objects at Tortoise. We love their vibe and aesthetic. Every opening we attend we usually find something magical.
LIGHTING Old Skool track lighting that was already here (dimmers are a necessity) We Added some funky industrial pieces as well.
PAINT Triangles painted by our friend, who was the previous tenant and kind enough to pass the Circle torch to us.
FLOORING Original to the house - cork and marquetry flooring
RUGS & CARPETS Our favorite rug was formerly used as a packing blanket by a flea market dealer - we convinced him to sell it to us. It's now in our living room where it happens to beautifully mirror the LACMA California Design catalogue. (the catalogue is striped and thick and sits on our green chest)
WINDOW TREATMENTS We're privately tucked away in the hills of Silver Lake and are able to keep our large banks of windows uncovered. Nature pours in day and night, aided by outdoor lighting, which makes us feel like we're in a giant terrarium.
BED Nothing fancy...
First and favorite piece ("Bears Eat Cholo's" painting on shipping palette) - found on the street in Silver Lake/we negotiated with the homeless crew partying next to it.