Name: Molly R. Stern-Schlussel (Make-up Artist/Artist) & David Schlussel (Writer/Director)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 1743 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years
Is there ever a dull moment in a home with a family of five? Molly and David embrace every aspect of having young children in the home and encourage their creativity. Their home is an example of what everyone dreams about; a place filled with love, laughing children, and endless inspiration and expression.
A few of my absolute favorite pieces of art in the home (and there are many fantastic pieces) are the oldest daughter's painted garden behind the guest house/David's office, the 40 kisses artwork above Molly and David's bed (made by David and the kids for Molly's birthday), and the chalk art (which is actually 3D chalk). Every room in the house has a special piece of art. I love how they made art so personal in their home and involved the kids in the artwork as well.
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Our Style: We would define our style as ''spiritual modern earth." We love modern shapes and art, but warmth is a must. With 3 kids, everything has to be touchable and comfortable. We found this house on 8/8/08, which had major significance for me as the digit eight has been my lucky number for as long as I can remember. (I even spelled my name Moll8y in high school, the eight was silent. I was quirky...) We walked in and had that lightning bolt reaction. We immediately felt that this place was to be our home; we loved that it was open and bright. Having been built in 1939, the house had (and still does) the potential of being streamlined by removing moldings and simplifying doorways. The house is classic yet has a modern feel.
Inspiration: We strive to have a styled creative environment that regardless of age or talent, everyone that walks in is welcome to make something. Whether it's writing with 3D chalk on our floor-to-ceiling blackboard cupboards, or picking up sticks to kick out some sound on our mini PDP drum kit, the vibe should always feel relaxed and inspiring.
Favorite Element: The space. Both David and I have our own areas to work on our craft; his office being in the converted garage out back and my art room being the centerpiece of the house. The children have room to play outside and ride their bikes or scooters in a totally safe and enclosed area. Everyone has freedom to work at being their best, which makes for a nice environment to live.
Biggest Challenge: Having enough funds to do what we want. Gratefully, we have been able to overcome this challenge with creativity and resourcefulness. I learned that it was a very common practice during the pre-Raphaelite years of art for many artists to fill their homes with art made of their families, by their families. We have borrowed from this concept by pulling out pieces from our work and our children's work and counting them as significant items.
What Friends Say: There is a lot of love, spirit and humor in our house. Much credited to the amazing gifts our children bring and teach us, as well as our hosting of weekly Sabbath meals. Our friends feel that energy and love and walk away feeling warm, connected and full.
Biggest Embarrassment: Our Jacuzzi, that works perfectly but that we have NEVER used. Even though we are children of the 70's, Jacuzzis just aren't our thing. We have discussed getting rid of it since the day we moved in and have not figured out a way to deal. The space it occupies is our herb/vegetable garden waiting to happen. Any life coaches out there to help us break through??
Proudest DIY: Our two coffee tables which David sanded and crafted from two pieces of wood that were being cut down from a huge oak tree we found driving up to hike in Franklyn Canyon. We pulled over and offered to pay for these enormous chunks of wood, but the lumber guys told us we could take as many as would fit in our car. They sat in our garage for 4 years and when we moved into this house, David sanded them down to what they are now. I love that it brings such an organic and earthy element to our living room.
Biggest Indulgence: Other than the actual buying of our home, I would say it's our small, but cherished art collection. For David's wedding gift, I found an illustration by the artist Jules Feiffer that he did for David's favorite book that he read to me while we were dating, The Phantom Tollboth. For the birth of our 3rd child, David secretly commissioned artist Michael Bower, whose work I found at a small gallery in LA, to create a Love Meditation drawing for me. Our Ketubah, Jewish marriage contract, was made for us by scribe Jamie Shear. They are special pieces that have deep resonating beauty and meaning to us.
Best Advice: From my grandmother: Clean as you go. Epilogue from my mother: Messy house = messy life.
Locally: HD Buttercup. Internationally: The Paris Flea Market.
Resources of Note:
- Assorted: Molly R. Stern-Schlussel
- Assorted: David Schlussel
- Assorted: Vivienne Schlussel
- Assorted: Zion Schlussel
- Love Meditations: Michael Bauer
- Tock: Jules Feiffer
- Parachute: Jasper Julian Jorgansen-Hansen aka Monkee, Melrose Trading Post
- Photo on Mantel: Mike Mills
- Palm Tree Photograph: Lara Porzak
- Ketuba: Jamie Shear
- Striped Painting in Hallway: Mark Schlussel
- Painting above Changing table: Mark Schlussel
- Robert Plant: Melissa Auf der Maur
- Love Birds: Brett Erickson & Bryan Collins
- Andy Kaufman and Tony Clifton in office: Shepard Fairey
- Maxes Kansas City T-shirt: Molly Corey
- Photo Transfer of Woman in Bathing Suit: Molly Corey
- Graffiti names: Dan Murphy
Thanks, Molly & David!
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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