Name: Lindsey Dann
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Size: 1620 sq/ft
Years lived in: 4, OWNED
We met Lindsey Dann via a coffee table we were both coveting. Although it turned out that the table wasn't for sale, we knew we'd found a kindred spirit. When she emailed us the pictures she'd had taken of her own home, we asked if she'd mind sharing them with our readers at AT. What struck us most was her impressive attention to the details which support a home that is elegant and sophisticated while being comfortable enough for her active dogs to enjoy or to support an impromptu karaoke party. It's that ease that underlines the motto, "You Purchase It, We Perfect It," that is at the heart of Lindsey Dann, LLC, her recently launched company.
As an interior designer, Lindsey's home is her lab, and she's constantly tweaking it. As one of her recent clients, the actress Eliza Dushku, pointed out, "it seemed like she absorbed everything I said and would come back to me with a different selection that was even more creative and beautiful than the last one." We understood what Eliza was talking about when we exclaimed over Lindsey's bathroom and she immediately pointed out the flaws. When we went to her apartment, she'd begun renovating it! We can't wait to see the results.
My/Our style: Eclectic. There are influences from the East Coast and the West Coast with a little Asian twist.
Inspiration: Shopping is my biggest inspiration! Additionally, I grew up in Boston and I have a lot of memories of my grandmother's traditionally styled home with tons of different fabrics and trims on every sofa and pillow. She had a flair for design with animal prints and a zebra rug, as well as an obsession with Asian culture and design. Then, when I moved to California, I developed an appreciation for a more minimalist approach to design. Throw into that mix the great vintage stores here in LA and the amazing architecture. I'm constantly inspired!
Favorite Element: The cheetah print rug in the bedroom. I get a lot of comments on how cool and how bold it is.
Biggest Challenge: Deciding on which pieces to use. As an interior designer, I'm exposed to many different elements of design so it was really hard for me to pick one direction and run with it. I love so many styles and pieces that I overwhelm myself!
What Friends Say: That it's sophisticated and comfortable and fun all at the same time and it has lots of character.
Biggest Embarrassment: The white drywall near the front door. The arm of the door came loose a few years ago and slammed into the wall, creating a hole. I had a guy come and fix it and he put up drywall to patch it up. Somehow I never got the wall repainted so it's beige with a big white spot. I think it gives my entry a little character.
Proudest DIY: Hanging all of my art myself with my tool kit and power drill.
Biggest Indulgence: Kitchenware. I can't buy enough plates, platters or glasses.
Best advice: Live in a place for at least 6 months before you do anything to it.
Dream source: Besides my grandmother's furniture, my favorites soures in LA are Alie Waldman Home Couture on Beverly Boulevard and Mecox Gardens on La Cienega. They always have something I want to buy.
Appliances: Fridge, microwave, oven and dishwasher are all Jenn-Air.
Hardware: The lion pulls are from Koontz Hardware
Furniture: Hand-me-downs (refinished by me), Pom Pom on Melrose, Alie Waldman Home Couture, Orange, Mecox Gardens and The Open Door.
Accessories: From all over. I've spent years collecting accessories from Hawaii to Cape Cod. You name it, I'll shop there.
Lighting: Lamps are from The Open Door on Melrose and my dining room chandelier is from Pom Pom.
Rugs and Carpets: Designer Floor Coverings
Tiles and Stone: Crema Marfil Marble
Window Treatments: Dedar fabric in master bedroom and Osbourne and Little fabric in the office.
Beds: Custom-made by Cloverdales (to the trade only).
Artwork: Don't know the name of the gallery but I found every piece in a store on Dixie Boulevard in Palm Beach and had it crated here.
Paint: All Ralph Lauren paint. It would take some serious research on my part to find the exact colour names.
Flooring: Prefabricated bamboo.