Name: Dustin Lancaster and Maya Brenner, kids Jack and Sadie, and dog Roxy
Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California
Size: 2,700 square feet (house)
Years lived in: 6 months; Owned
Hard-working entrepreneurs Dustin and Maya can now add their beautiful six-month home renovation to the long list of productive ventures they’ve accomplished in the last year. This list includes, but is not limited to, opening a boutique hotel, Hotel Covell, in Los Feliz, opening a bar, Crawfords, in Westlake, starting a line of home decor, and making us all wonder what we’re doing with our lives. With design inspiration ranging from mid-century to '80s glam to rustic farmhouse, this couple has built an eclectic home with their signature elegant aesthetic that is perfect for hosting guests and raising a family.
For anyone who’s seen one of Dustin’s dapper Eastside Establishments or Maya’s understated, elegant designs, it’s no surprise that these two have a knack for creating beautiful things, and they've joined forces in the design of their combined home. Bits and pieces of Dustin’s Los Feliz mainstay Bar Covell pop up throughout the house in the form of brass hardware and discarded doors, while Maya’s pretty pillows make their way into various cozy corners of most rooms. Personal touches and an organically derived design scheme make this gorgeous house feel like an intimate home. The couple shares their home with Maya’s two children, Jack and Sadie, and dog, Roxy.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Elegant, feminine, and lively (Maya). Rustic, warm, and earthy (Dustin).
Inspiration: Mid-century farmhouse, open floor plan great for entertaining. Maya’s dream was a one-level house that stretched side-to-side and my [Dustin] dream was a house on this exact hill facing this exact direction (west... for sunsets ya know). We got both.
Favorite Element: The multiple levels of the property. It’s a flag-lot on a hillside, so it just keeps going down and down, but terraced and designed in such a way that each level creates an individualized space of its own. It’s actually the thing we fell in love with. For most people we assume it’s the house, but for us we kept saying, “Can you believe that lot?” We have almost no neighbors because we are set back. And then only trees and open space everywhere you look.
Biggest Challenge: Moving into the house while still doing construction. We had no choice as our previous rental home had sold so we knew we needed to move in no matter what stage of the remodel. Our house was literally half-finished. No cabinets in the kitchen and Jack’s room wasn’t complete and he had to live in the living room. Also getting a two-ton steel beam down the driveway and around the back of the house. It was a sight to behold watching 15 men try and carry this thing.
What Friends Say: “Are you for real with this pool!” The layout of the lot and the size of the pool are unheard of in Silver Lake hills. “It has such unique architecture and great flow!” I assume that’s because it was pieced together over the last 90 years. The original plot plan was from 1928. “The light in here is amazing!” It has great natural light, lots of windows.
Biggest Embarrassment: Thinking we could stay on budget and on-time—not even close… And Maya crying a few times with the contractor, the architect, the installers, the crew. It was not an easy remodel and there were many bumps in the road to say the least.
Biggest Regret: The custom kitchen cabinet fronts we chose. They were more expensive and took more time than almost everything else in the house. We didn’t have fronts on our kitchen cabinets for almost a month after moving in... if we had it all to do over we would have approached that differently.
Proudest DIY: The pool bar and cabana. Well, that’s mine... Maya’s is probably her detached office which doubles as the guesthouse. The entire house we designed together, but these two spaces we each did individually, and we think they really reflect our own styles.
Biggest Indulgence: Probably the panoramic doors, but so worth it. Again, we wanted the house to have great flow and originally there was a cheaply built built-in bookcase where we now have our dining room table. We wanted to be able to open those doors for that feeling of eating outdoors while you are still inside.
Best Advice: Communication is key. It sounds cliche, but it saved us (and our relationship) during the remodel. There are so many moving parts and people to coordinate that we had to stay in touch and on the same page at all times.
Dream Sources: As of Now, Room & Board, Rose Bowl Flea Market, Shopclass, WaterWorks, Chay Shop, Palihouse Hotel, Pinterest, Domino, Dwell, Bowery Hotel, Kelly Wearstler, Emily Henderson, Sally Breer
PAINT & COLORS
- Exterior, main color: Farrow & Ball Pigeon
- Exterior, underside of awning: Farrow & Ball Wimborn White
- Exterior, trim: Pratt & Lambert African Night
- Interior, main color: Farrow & Ball Swiss Coffee
- Sofa: custom-made
- Ottomans: custom-made
- Zebra chairs: a friend of Maya’s was getting rid of them and she snatched them up
- Area rug: IKEA
- Dark wood stool: JF Chen
- Chandelier: L7
- Brass magazine holder: Etsy
- Magic 8 ball, Domino set, Pin Impression toy, and Tic Tac Toe: throwbacks to Maya’s favs from childhood.
- Native Line wall hanging: Maya’s Christmas gift from Dustin 2 years ago
- Large photograph: Jon Rou via As of Now
- Parsons concrete slab dining table: The Living Room
- Vintage wood dining chairs: Amsterdam Modern, Moveloot, Craigslist, various used furniture stores in Highland Park
- Antique ladder chair: Maya’s grandma
- Chevron Variations print: Art Brenner (Maya’s grandfather)
- Cabinet fronts and panels: custom
- Interior shelves and drawers: IKEA
- Farmhouse sink: Signature Hardware
- Barstools: IKEA
- Countertop: Silestone in White Diamond by Cosentino
- Walnut drawer pulls: custom by Custom Wood Extras
- Walnut ledge shelving: Room & Board
- Walnut bed: Room & Board
- Dresser: Room & Board
- Nightstands: vintage
- Lamps: vintage
- Saloon doors on closet: Etsy
- Play rug: CB2
- Bench: vintage via Rubbish, reupholstered
- Chair: vintage, reupholstered with Oscar de la Renta fabric
- Walnut vanity: custom James Melinat
- Fixtures: Kohler in Brushed Gold
- Oval freestanding bathtub: Signature Hardware
- Vanity lights: Lawson-Fenning
- Medicine cabinets: Restoration Hardware
- On the Price of Beauty needlepoint art: Lisa Borgnes
- Wallpaper: Palm Jungle Walnut by Cole and Son
- Vanity, sink, and mirror: original '80s
- Accent table: Serena & Lily
- Chesterfield sofa: Restoration Hardware via Craigslist (for half price!)
- Lounge chair: CB2
- Vintage brass fireplace guard: Rose Bowl
- Pizza slice coffee table: vintage
- Wallpaper: Prism Ivory by Kreme
- Bookcase: West Elm
- Small brass footstool: Maya’s grandmother’s
- Art: Slim Aarons print given to Dustin on his birthday by Maya, custom-framed
GUEST ROOM/MAYA'S OFFICE
- Bed: Amazon
- Bedding: Garnet Hill
- Desk: West Elm
- Office chair: West Elm
- Closet curtains: West Elm
- Mirrored lingerie dresser: Horchow (half of a set with the one in Sadie’s room)
- Massage chair: Relax2Zero via the Dwell Home Show (ugly but the most amazing thing ever)
- Bed: IKEA
- Nightstand: IKEA
- Rug: Jenni Kayne for Pottery Barn
- Curtains: Jenni Kayne for Pottery Barn
- Bedding: Emily & Merrit for PB Teen
- Mirrored dresser: Horchow, a hand-me-down from Maya
- Vintage school desk and chair: Dust Muffin in Silver Lake
- Lighting on landing and stairwell: Brendan Ravenhill
- Red console table: Thomas Hayes Gallery
- Bed: IKEA
- Bedding: IKEA
- Headboard: IKEA
- Desk and chair: Design Within Reach, a hand-me-down from Maya
- Dresser: Wayfair
- Rug: Wayfair
- Navy blue sleeper sofa: PB Teen
- Media console: flea market, reworked by Dustin
- Lunch boxes: Dustin’s childhood
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(Image credits: Jessica Isaac)