Name: Shawn Gold and Amy Neunsinger
Location: Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles
Size: 5,500 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years since remodel, 8 years total
Welcome to the home of Shawn Gold & Amy Neunsinger. Husband, wife and now business partners in cocodot.com. Amy is an accomplished lifestyle photographer and Shawn is the former CMO of MySpace. They bought a 1,500 square foot home on an amazing piece of property in Laurel canyon in 1998 and starting designing a year later. It took 5 years to design, acquire permits and figure out how to pay for it, before they actually broke ground in 2005, with an additional 2 years to build. Amy conceived the house with a photographer's needs in mind, with high ceilings, multiple textures and lots of beautiful light for her to shoot in. Today the house is a popular location for commercial and photo shoots (due in part to its more than spacious size and great interior lighting)...
Our style: California-Modern meets New York Loft.
Inspiration: The indoor outdoor lifestyle of California coupled with many references from photographing other great homes.
Favorite Element: The light. Every room has beautiful light.
Biggest Challenge: Working with the typography of the site – building in the Hollywood Hills.
What Friends Say: They refer to our home as "The web". Once they come, they say it's so warm and comfortable that it is very hard to leave.
Biggest Embarrassment: We live in this multimillion dollar home with high end appliances and the ice maker doesn't work-- never has.
Proudest DIY: The whole house was really a DIY conceived in partnership with our architect, Juan Felipe Goldstein.
Biggest Indulgence: Building materials. All the interior walls are block & masonry.
Best advice: Everything takes longer and costs more than it does.
Dream source: Ray at Obsolete for lighting.
- Viking stove
- Sub-Zero Refrigerator
- Sub-Zero Counter Refrigerator
- Miele Dishwasher
- A combination of new and old collected at flea markets and places like Liz's hardware on LaBrea
- Shabby Chic
- B&B Italia
- Pasadena & Santa Monica Flea markets
- Chinese antiques
- Danish modern
- Farm tables from shops on Abbot Kinney, Beverly Blvd and La Brea
- Fire pit
- Buddah statues & fountains
- Rock Gardens
- Radiant Heat
- Flash water heaters
- Infrared Sauna
- In-ground trampoline
- Custom extra wide door made out of old, wide-plank barn wood
- Many fixtures came from Obsolete in Los Angeles
- Other Fixtures were collected over the 7-year planning of the house as we saw things we liked at flea markets on the east coast and in Europe.
- Used Paints with mica to reflect light
- Radiant heated floors
- Downstairs- 1-inch wide Dark wood with Stained Dark Concrete
- Upstairs - Pickled 1-inch white oak floors with light stained Concrete
Rugs and Carpets:
- Grass mats from Ikea
- cow hides from Ikea
- silk rugs from ABC carpets
Tiles and Stone
- Bissaza and Moroccan tiles from Anne Sacks
- Casement windows from the original house
- Custom windows for the addition
- Kids Bunk beads from Pottery Barn
- Adult beds from Shabby Chic
- Greg Lauren Painting
- Original Photography
- Our Kids Art
(Thanks, Shawn and Amy!)
Photos: Amy Neunsinger
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