Name: Joey Grana and Gerard Dislaire
Location: Mount Washington, California
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years; Owned
A trip to Joey and Gerard's serene hillside home will take your breath away and may leave you wondering: am I
in California, or have I been transported to the French Alps? Joey and Gerard are both vintage and
fashion enthusiasts, and their flair for creativity expands beyond
their clothing designs and into their home, which effortlessly melds laid-back California style with European charm.
Vintage textiles from around the world, flea market finds, and charming handcrafted items (a cardboard home they built for their kitty, Beans, for example) dot their home, and lend an enchanting story to an already dreamy space. Gerard, a native of France, has brought a European flair to the house, especially in the lovely bathroom. The home itself is full of surprises, from its grand living room with its sunny half-moon window, to the outdoor patios (complete with built-in vintage wooden hot tub) where you can almost hear the laughter and tinkle of glasses from parties past.
Joey is the owner of the vintage clothing store Scout, located at 8021 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. He is also the
designer of a clothing line by the same name, which will be relaunching this fall. In addition to that, he is also the co-founder (along with Richard Wainwright) of A Current Affair, a pop-up vintage marketplace. (The next pop-up event will take place on October
5 at the Cooper Building in downtown LA.) Joey also
designs throws, scarves, kid's ponchos, and baby blankets made from recycled
cashmere sweaters, which he sells as blanketyblankblank.
Gerard teaches fashion at Woodbury University. He also teaches during the summer at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Palos Verdes Art Center.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: We were very influenced by Mount Washington and
its spiritual community, as well as the style of our house and the property. As this was our first house together, we edited down each of our
personal styles and ended up with a specific selection of items that were
meaningful as well as relevant to our aesthetic mix. Our common ground includes
a lot of vintage elements, subdued colors, and vintage textiles. Our
goal is a dreamy California cottage with a magical woodland vibe. Architect
Richard Chapman from Middle+Off helped us rethink the layout of the house, specifically the kitchen, bathroom, and the staircase that needed to be
more open and accessible. We
also worked with interior decorator Annalise Mazonas.
Inspiration: Traditional french homes, vintage interiors, and vintage textiles: victorian paisleys, shipibo,
quilts, ikats. A great source for vintage textiles is rarefinds.com.
Favorite Element: The giant half moon window in the living
room overlooking nature and the canyon. When we first saw the inside of the
house and that window, we knew right away that it had to be our home. Also, the open space and trees surrounding the house offer
an incredible sense of privacy and seclusion.
Biggest Challenge: Re-designing our vintage home to suit our
needs while maintaining the historical integrity and details. Also, our hillside garden!
What Friends Say: They find our house peaceful and magical.
It is the perfect summer party house. The lower and upper decks double the size
of the house. With candles everywhere, bistro lights and lanterns in the trees,
the place becomes truly magical.
Biggest Embarrassment: All the little details that still
need to be completed. Towards the end of the construction, we were so eager to
move in that we agreed to finish everything after the move. Two years later, we
are still missing baseboards in some places, several door frames, and finishes on
DIY: Joey stripped the layers of paint from the giant half-moon window in the
living room. It took him days and it still isn’t finished!
Biggest Indulgence: The upstairs bathroom. We wanted a very specific style and layout so
we chose to resize the room, build an arch, replace the window, and pretty
much re-create our fantasy bathroom in a style appropriate for the house.
Best Advice: Get good references!
Dream Sources: Flea markets, estate sales, Heath Ceramics and Tail of the Yak in Berkeley.
Resources of Note:
- Architect: Richard Chapman
- Upholstery: Cesar at Dynasty Upholstery
- Lighting: Ian at Practical Props in North Hollywood
PAINT & COLORS
• Behr: “Glass of Milk” except where indicated below
• Tufted chaise from antique dealer
• 1930s leather chair from Paris flea market
• 19th century French wooden side tables
• Thebes tools from eBay
• French church seats from Long Beach Flea Market
• Vintage hanging light fixture from And Etcetera in South
Pasadena, re-wired by Practical Props in North Hollywood
• Counter and floor tiles from United Tile and Stone
• Made-to-measure window (and through the house) from
Revival Arts Restoration
• Kitchen cabinets hardware from Mother of Pearl & Sons
Trading in Studio City
• Shaws Original apron sink from Rohl
- Madeira deck mount faucet from Vintage Tub and Bath
• Reclaimed hardwood floor. Wood from District Millwork 917
E 3rd St, LA. Floor laid by Nicky Shulman
• Wall color: custom
• French doors and windows color: “French Roast” from Behr
• 1930s nightstands from garage sale
• Tub and faucet from D.E.A. Bathroom Machineries in
• Tiles from United Tile and Stone in Los Angeles
• Vintage sink from Santa Fe Wrecking
• Wall paint: “Rainforest Dew” from Behr
• Wall paint: “Mineral” from Behr
• 1920s bedroom set from Alameda Flea Market
• Daybed found on eBay
• Reclaimed hardwood floor. Wood from District Millwork 917 E 3rd St, LA. Floor laid by Nicky Shulman
• Made-to-measure by Kitchen Places
Thanks, Joey and Gerard!
(Images: Bridget Pizzo)
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