Nadia's "Our House Is A Very Very Very Fine House"

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Name: Nadia Geller of Nadia Geller Design, husband Keith Geller (a producer) & daughter Sasha Geller
Location: Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California
Size: 1700 square feet
Years lived in: 4 1/2 years rented; now moved out.

Nadia's Laurel Canyon house has a bit of an interesting history: once inhabited by Joni Mitchell, the home was made famous by the song "Our House," Graham Nash's ballad celebrating their love affair. And although I knew that there weren't any cats in the yard (there are two dogs; the Geller's big golden retriever came out to greet me instead), for anyone familiar with the song and a fan of the reclusive Canadian singer, it's hard not to look for them. Tucked away in the Hollywood Hills, it's easy to forget, when you step inside, that you're only minutes from busy, noisy Sunset Boulevard.

This little aerie is the definition of cozy cabin. There's a majestic stone fireplace with a chimney that sweeps up to the ceiling; what a friend of mine used to call an "Irish Kitchen", so well-organized and small that you can almost stand in the center and not have to move to reach a thing; and, wood paneled rooms (and bathrooms), merry with whorls and knots. Add in Nadia's eclectic style, a madcap juxtaposition of Hollywood Regency, Mid-Century Modern, California cool and folksy kitsch (note the collection of odd drawings, the wraparound sofa and the Chinoiserie chest of drawers cheek by jowl with that fireplace and you'll understand what I mean) that's been employed on television when she hosted While You Were Out, and now in her work for the Kor Group, and you can definitely imagine that life here is very very very nice. Cozying up in front of the fireplace, it's easy to see how the space inspired a song.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic Cabin.

Inspiration: Flea markets, Canadian cabins, ski resorts, bohemian 1960's Laurel Canyon, kid-friendly worry-free finds, Better Homes and Gardens magazines from the 60's.

Favorite Element: The floor to ceiling brick fireplace and the magnetic knife holder in the kitchen are my favorite elements. I also love the Tiffany stained glass window.

Biggest Challenge: Most of the walls are covered in knotty pine paneling and because we rented, there were not a lot of changes we could make. It is also a nostalgic home with huge musical roots, owned by a folk goddess legend. We wanted to honor the home and its owner.

What Friends Say: That it is a very very very fine house! Also that it exudes magic and has a really good vibe.

Biggest Embarrassment: The landscaping could be so much more. But the trees of Laurel Canyon have a mind of their own and the upkeep and maintenance is brutal. Also, the previous tenant did a stained concrete in the dining room in a rush. There are great wood floors throughout the home and I would have loved to cover up the concrete, as it just doesn't go with the rest of the home.

Proudest DIY: My cluster of painted lady oil paintings and artwork in the dining room. I call them my "Ladies of the Canyon". Keith is proudest of Sasha's bedroom ceiling. He painted it himself.

Biggest Indulgence: My home is a collection of found items for the most part, but I love my Papa Bear-like chair covered in an antique Suzani tapestry I found at the Pasadena City College Flea Market!

Best Advice: Your home should be a collection of your life. My home is filled with items and artwork that I have purchased and collected and thrifted and flea-marketed for 20 years. I'm continually adding and editing!

Dream Sources: I would love to travel to India and Europe and go on a buying spree, filling up containers with my amazing finds to bring back. However, I am also very fond of the antique marts in Iowa!

Resources of Note:

KITCHEN

  • Block Counters: Ikea
  • Pots and Pans: All Clad
  • Cookie Jar: Antique

FURNITURE

  • Red Television Stand: HD Buttercup
  • Brass and Glass Coffee Table: Vintage mid-century heirloom
  • Suzani Tapestry on Papa Bear Chair: Pasadena City College Flea Market
  • Orange Chair: Vintage Saarinen Executive chair in original fabric (Craigslist)
  • Teal Rocking Chair: Modernica
  • Master Bedroom Bed: Nadia Geller Designs
  • Master Bedroom Dresser and Nightstands: Craigslist
  • Master Bedroom Pillows: LiveStyle Marketplace
  • Master Bedroom Bedding: Sferra at HD Buttercup
  • Crib and Changing Table: Oeuf
  • Baby Room Bedding: Dwell for Target
  • Teal Antique Indian Armoire in baby's room: ABC Carpet and Home NYC
  • Farm Table: Custom, but found on the streets of Brooklyn
  • Dining Chairs: The Estate Sale Company Los Angeles
  • Office Furniture: Ikea
  • Patio Furniture: SoCal Wicker and Vintage Brown Jordan
  • Paul McCobb stools: 1st Dibs

ACCESSORIES


  • Chinese Statue Lamp: Estate Sale and bought a matching one at Hotel Surplus.

LIGHTING

  • Arco Lamp Reproduction: Bluprint
  • Dining Room Pendants: Ikea
  • Master Bedroom Swing-Arm Sconces: Vintage Hansen with original string shades, family heirloom.

RUGS & CARPETS

  • Large Shag Rug: Lester Carpet

ARTWORK

  • Paintings and Artwork are all from Flea Markets, resale stores and garage sales.
  • Portraits in the home are by myself.

OTHER

  • Vintage Fireplace Tools: Rose Bowl Flea Market
  • Living Room Draperies: The Silk Trading Company
  • Snakeskin Fireplace Bellow: Wilshire Fireplace Shop
  • Wall covering on Staircase: Florence Broadhurst

Thanks, Nadia, Keith & Sasha!

(Images: Laure Joliet Photography, all rights reserved. Images have been used with the permission of the photographer and may not be reused without written consent.)

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