Name: Kristin, Derek, and their children, Jackson and Luella
Location: Hollywood Hills; Los Angeles, CA
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years; Owned
Nestled amidst the storied hills of Laurel Canyon, Kristin and Derek's rustic home is every bit as charming as you can imagine. Laurel Canyon is famous for its past musical residents,- Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, David Crosby, Graham Nash, the list goes on and on. Derek, a musician and a DJ, has played with numerous bands over the years including Girls and The Entrance Band. Kristin, an interior designer, lends her keen design skills to enriching their home visually. Before Derek moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, previous musical tenant friends lived in his Laurel Canyon home. Derek and Kristin have kept the Canyon music flame burning on, filling their home with musical instruments and assorted sonic ephemera.
Situated on a quiet hillside with a view overlooking the canyon, a tree filled backyard, and wildlife galore, it's easy to forget how close you are to the Hollywood hustle and bustle. Built in 1946, the secluded log cabin home includes three bedrooms, two baths, a loft, a sunroom, and a detached music shed in the yard. The breathtaking chandelier hanging in the high-ceiling main room is original to the home. Kristin and Derek have lovingly restored the property and have done most of work themselves. Derek rebuilt the front deck and the shelving wall housing their records and books in the main room himself. In recent years, the main design focus has been on childproofing the space for their two children, son Jackson and baby daughter Luella.
Derek and Kristin rent out their home for film and photo shoots. Contact them at fromlookoutmountain.com to inquire. To contact Kristin regarding her interior design work, her website is kristinkorven.com. Derek can be found on twitter and on soundcloud.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Whatever feels good.
Inspiration: California, craftsmanship, texture
Favorite Element: Wood, surrounding nature
Biggest Challenge: Finding the balance to keep things toddler/baby friendly
What Friends Say: Treehouse in the city!!
Biggest Embarrassment: Tile job gone awry in our bathroom
Proudest DIY: Stained-glass windows
Biggest Indulgence: Custom built record-shelving with library ladder
Best Advice: Stay away from trends and invest in quality
Dream Sources: The untapped estate sale is always the dream source
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