Name: Jennifer Culp, owner of Jennifer Culp Design, and John Hoffman, director of sales and marketing for Sungreen Systems
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 2,500 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years
Jennifer is one lucky girl! Many times I drive up and down the streets of Miracle Mile admiring all the old Spanish apartments and duplexes. When I got a chance to peek inside Jennifer's home, it did not disappoint. There are lots of beautiful architectural details, a vintage tiled bath, and even a wood burning fireplace (which believe it or not actually gets used, even during LA winters).
When you walk into a interior designer's home, you might imagine that the space will be laid out in museum fashion, full of fragile, untouchable things. I was so happy to see that mixed in with all the beautiful furnishings so carefully selected and arranged was a heap of children's toys. Yes, this is a real home that has energy and life, while still representing a designer aesthetic.
Each room in the home was better than the next! Just look at those rattan peacock chairs and the original dining room chandelier. You can definitely tell that Jennifer has an eye for pattern, color, texture, and selecting unique furniture to compliment her design. Now, we just have to see what Jennifer has in store for her kitchen. Stay tuned for the big reveal at a later date!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Being an interior designer, it’s incredibly hard to pinpoint my style. I have an appreciation for all eras and styles in the decorative arts! My passion lies, however, in vintage and antique furniture. Combining vintage and modern pieces to create a casual, usable environment is always my end goal.
Inspiration: I want my home to reflect who I am personally. I get to step into my client’s world all the time, so it’s fun to have a space to showcase what I truly love. It is important to me that our home is livable and usable for my family and dogs. There is no area that is off limits. We are about comfort and casualness.
Favorite Element: I love the architecture of old Spanish homes. The high ceilings and arched doorways are so spectacular, not to mention the old wood windows. I feel like this architecture leaves the door wide open for an array of furniture styles and mixing and matching, which is one of my favorite things to do.
Biggest Challenge: We moved into this house from a loft in Hollywood, which was a lot smaller and all open space. Suddenly I had all these rooms to fill. I had to wrap my mind around the concept that each room could have its own personality. I no longer had the restrictions of being able to see everything at once. In a way it was liberating… I got to do some fun elements with colors.
What Friends Say: We definitely have one of those houses where our friends can kick up their feet on the coffee table and make themselves at home. Our friends and family feel comfortable in our house, which was our goal. Although I hope they notice the fabulous fabrics as they are relaxing!
Biggest Embarrassment: I am not neat! There is a major misconception out there that all designers' houses are perfect and immaculate. Just open one of my closets and the truth will be told.
Proudest DIY: My painted corkboards in the breakfast room. I actually painted them myself, and they are a terrific place to display my son's artwork!
Biggest Indulgence: My vintage rugs. I have a weakness for old rugs from around the world. There is nothing more beautiful to me than a handmade rug.
Best Advice: Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Clients always ask me if things go together and my response is, doesn’t everything go together in some way? There is always a way to use different elements in a room, and this is what gives a space its interest and element of surprise. Keep challenging yourself to be daring — often this is where we get the most pleasure.
Dream Sources: My absolute favorite sources in Los Angeles are Nicky Kehoe and Hollywood at Home. Both stores are owned by interior designers with impeccable taste. I could furnish 10 houses from their stores alone. They are truly talented individuals.
Resources of Note:
- Coffee table - Lawson-Fenning
- Console table: vintage -
- Sofa: George Smith
- Chairs: - vintage: Turquoise
- Fabric chairs: Schumacher;
Chiang Mai Dragon - to the trade
- Grass ottomans: Hollywood at Home
- Rugs: Vintage, Lawrence of La Brea
- High back chairs:
- White thin console - Blu Dot
- Accessories: Accessory Preview
- Elephant Side Table: vintage, Palm Beach
- Asian console - Peking 62
- Rug - vintage - Lawrence of La Brea
- Stool - vintage, Palm Beach
- Artwork: Hunter S. Thompson Photo; Lee Stetzle
- Art: LACMA art rental program
- Chairs: vintage, Palm Beach
- Rug: vintage, Lawrence of La Brea
- Console: vintage - Lawson-Fenning
- Barcart: vintage, 1stdibs
- Paint - Pratt & Lambert - Academy Blue
- Dresser: Pottery Barn
- Rug: Kilim - Lawrence of La Brea
- Bookshelf - vintage eBay -
- Lighting: vintage - V&M
- Chair: vintage - Surfing Cowboys
- Paint - Benjamin Moore -
- Bedding - John Robshaw
- Headboard - custom made
- Sofa - DWR
- Bed throw - Hollywood at Home
- Dresser - Mid-century - eBay
- End Tables - Peking 62
- Lamps - Fantasy Lighting
- Rug: Vintage - Hollywood at Home
- Chaise lounge - vintage - 1stdibs
- Yellow Ottoman - Lawson-Fenning
- Drapes: Pottery Barn
- Mirror - Jonathan Adler
- Desk and Chair - vintage - V&M
- Rug / Runner: Lawrence of La Brea
- Paint - Benjamin Moore - Bath
- Twin headboards - vintage - Palm Beach
- Elephant end table -
painted, vintage - One Kings Lane
- Dresser - Mid-Century - Century Modern
- Desk: Army desk - eBay
- Rug: Lawrence of La Brea
- Drapes: Anthropologie
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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