An Art-Filled "Magical Tree House" in Los Angeles

An Art-Filled "Magical Tree House" in Los Angeles

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Jessica Isaac
Apr 9, 2017

Name: Mackenzie Kirk, Hannah Kirk, and Rachel Wyatt
Location: Mount Washington — Los Angeles, California
Years lived in: Rented, 1 year

Sisters Hannah and Mackenzie seem to possess a quintessential sisterly bond that allows for creative exploration and unrestrained authenticity when decorating their hilltop home. Along with their roommate, Rachel, these two have nailed outfitting their artsy, plant-filled Craftsman, creating an inviting space full of natural textures, sunshine, and piles of art.

While we may have jumped the gun assuming Hannah and Mackenzie embody a sisterhood worthy of its own CW series after just one visit to their home, a few telltale signs inside provide key evidence of their keen ability to work together:

1. Limited color schemes: deciding on and sticking to a very narrow black-and-neutral color scheme in the living room can't be an easy feat in a home of visual artists and avid flea market hunters.

2. A seamless blend of styles: how else would Global-Bohemian accents mesh so well with oversized '80s Deco furniture unless the sister stars aligned?

3. Undeniable warmth: with natural light beaming in on comfy linens and canvases thick with pigment, this home feels real and inviting — a true testament to those who reside within.

Here's what the ladies had to say about their combined decorating efforts:

Our Style: Between the three of us, we have curated quite an eclectic greenhouse. With pieces of art from days living in San Francisco, pottery from Rachel's childhood in Portland and our 27 house plants — we land somewhere in between mid-century modern meets Bohemia. Each of us maintains a unique sense of style, which permeates the overall artist feel of our home. Mackenzie's collection of vintage family heirlooms, coffee table books and array of woven baskets and rugs add to the familial vibe of the place. Hannah's eye for textiles, mud-cloths, and impeccable bed linens really class up the joint.

Inspiration: Each of us is constantly inspired by our own experiences, which add to the colorful nature of our décor. Rachel's nomadic lifestyle has served as influence for her work and for Hannah and Mackenzie, the female figureheads in their lives (mother, aunt, grandmother), have each played quiet roles influencing their love of interiors. Their mother was constantly re-arranging furniture, garage-sale scouring on the weekends, and taking weekly trips to the local thrift stores to fill the walls of their childhood home. Not to mention, their grandmother, Mimi Kirk, has curated a fine collection of goods from her travels and thrifting adventures dating back to the '60s. Their aunt's beachy home is filled to the brim with old records and framed sheet music.

Favorite Element: Mackenzie's favorite element is the front deck. The view is indescribable and with a sunset nearly every night it's hard to beat having a cold beer at our outdoor table.

The front deck is hard to beat. But Hannah appreciates the sizable kitchen because it allows for social gatherings and friends coming over for comfortable dinners.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping the outdoor areas maintained. There's a lot of space and it's a big project.

What Friends Say: Many call it the magical tree house and have said that they crave coming over.

Biggest Embarrassment: The fact that we have yet to capitalize on all of the beautiful space in the backyard.

Proudest DIY: Creating the secret sitting area in the backyard (which was previously an ambiguous concrete corner).

Biggest Indulgence: Sitting on the front porch with a beer while the sun goes down.

Best Advice: When you are looking for a new place, pay close attention to the bathroom and the kitchen. Those two areas really contribute to your day-to-day quality of life once you have moved in.

Resources:

LIVING ROOM
Tufted Couch — Urban Home
TV Unit — Stockholm Collection IKEA
Couch Cushions — Ikea
Fur Throw Blankets — Restoration Hardware

DINING ROOM
Frida Khalo Painting in kitchen booth — Fairfax Flea Market

KITCHEN
Marble Cutting Block — Crate & Barrel
Wooden utensil holder — Anthropologie

BEDROOM
Wool Blankets in both bedrooms — Maya Mueble Textiles
Hannah's Room) Stripes Throw Pillow — Steven Allen
(Mackenzie's room) Full length decorative mirror — (Cost Plus World Market)

BATHROOM
Bathtub wooden caddy — Bed bath and beyond
Hand wash and hand balm — Aesop
Towel Basket — IKEA
Rug — purchased during Mackenzie's trip to Guatemala

Thanks, Hannah, Mackenzie, and Rachel!


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