Kirsten, Erik, Olivia and Maxine Press and our pet menagerie. Location: Los Angeles, California Size: 3,700 square feet Years lived in: 2 years Let's get this out of the way first: today's house tour showcases a large space. There's no way to get around the spacious dimensions, and renters Kirsten and Erik fess up to the fact they moved into a space more than large enough for their family of four (they switched from owning to renting to be closer to their children's school). That out of the way, we wanted to share their home because of their inspiring, joyful dedication to colour, the mix of modern and traditional furnishings, and the overall sense of playfulness evident in each room. Their house not only reveals a keen eye for design, but also is a glowing reflection of the happy home this family has made within its walls.
What Friends Say: People consistently comment on how warm and happy this home feels. They respond to the myriad sensory details in scent, sound, color and flow. They also always ask if I design professionally, and now I finally do with my redesign and organization business, LA HOMEWORKS. Biggest Embarrassment: The house is bigger than what we need. I think people live with more beauty and intention when forced to be selective about what to hold onto. The ugly back door. It is such an easy thing to switch out so embarrassing that we haven’t. Proudest DIY: Creative coverage of bad sight lines. A wonderful fountain made out of a free urn. Our art collection mostly created by our own “in house” young artisans. Biggest Indulgence: An enormous flat screen television because we finally had a living room large enough. Amazingly we rarely use it. Best advice: Plan a big party the week after you move in. It really forces you to unpack and set-up. Added bonus, it instantly warms your space with the energy of great friends. Always install dimmers on every light and make sure your light sources are not exclusively overhead Dream source: Donald Kaufman Color, ABC Carpet and Home, Cisco Brothers, Holly Hunt, Kathryn Ireland
- Crate & Barrel (Living Room Chair)
- Pottery Barn (Living Room Sofa with custom upholstery)
- Ikea (Brown Leather sectional and random accessories)
- Pier 1 (Pillows, Rugs)
- West Elm (Day Bed, pillows, rugs, accessories)
- World Market (side porch furniture)
- LA Flea Markets (iron chairs and more)
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