Name: Lisa Borgnes Giramonti (Embroidery artist/writer/creator of A Bloomsbury Life blog) & Piero Giramonti (President of Dangerbird Records)
Location: Los Feliz - Los Angeles, California
Size: 2500 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years
When you walk into Lisa and Piero's home, you instantly forget that you are still in Los Angeles. The wood burning fireplaces, dark walls, and black painted bookcases are definitely not typical of what you would find in an LA home. That's what makes their home so beautiful — it feels like an escape in Europe.
Every part of their home is warm, comfortable, and filled with love. Lisa and Piero definitely make use of their fireplaces, and there are enough books around the house to make you feel like you are in your favorite book store. You never want to leave the home, but the outside landscape is very beautiful as well — Lisa wanted her backyard to feel like an English garden. There is not one room in their house that I didn't love. They live in my dream home!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Soulful Bohemian
Inspiration: Charleston House in Sussex, England. Just like the Bloomsbury Group, we wanted our home to reflect the things that are important to us: art, literature, friends, food and travel.
Favorite Elements: The cottagey-feeling rooms arranged enfilade ("in a row") so that I can see from one end of the house to the other; the original casement windows; the two working fireplaces - I love sitting in front of a crackling fire on a chilly morning; the Cole and Sons "Flowering Quince" wallpaper in our front hall - coming home is like entering an enchanted forest.
Biggest Challenge: Learning to trust my instincts. At first, I worried that our stuff would never work together (we have Mid-Century Scandinavian antiques, English furniture, zebra rugs and one-offs like my goat fur horseshoe bench and embroidered burlap samplers.) But eventually, I realized that its personal eccentricities were what made it ours and nobody else's. Our home feels like a great cocktail party - filled with an assortment of interesting characters all taking part in the same conversation.
What Friends Say: We entertain quite a bit, so I hope people think of it as a 21st century coaching inn where they're always welcome to pop in for a pint or a cuppa!
Biggest Embarrassment: We still don't have window treatments for the master bedroom!
Proudest DIY: Micro-organizing the bookshelves in my living room. First I sorted all the books by category and genre, then by height and then last of all, I arranged the colors of the spines in a lively fashion. I think they look great, but even better, I know exactly where everything is.
Biggest Indulgence: The swimming pool.
Best Advice: "Relax. Chips, scratches and stains are what give your possessions meaning."
Resources of Note:
- Ancient Industries
- John Derian
- Ben Pentreath
- Plantation Design
- Commune Design
- Heath Ceramics
- Libeco linen
RUGS & CARPETS
- Marine Contemporary Gallery, Venice
- Bonham's and Butterfield's
- eBay — for vintage ikat fabrics
- Walnut Wallpaper
- Persephone Books
- Gallant&Jones — for traditional English deck chairs
- Rolling Greens
Thanks, Lisa & Piero!
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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