Name: Nanette Sullano, Designer/Stylist, Basket Weaver, and Shop Owner of waanaki; Jonathan Maghen, Graphic Designer, Art Book Distributor at Textfield; and their son, Willow Maghen
Location: North East Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 2 1/2 years
It always warms my heart to see young families living in style and the kids learning about art and design at an early age. Nanette and Jonathan created a fantasy home filled with art and interesting finds for the whole family to enjoy! Willow is one lucky boy to have such a cool room and a mother who collects and sells vintage kids' clothes.
The backyard also serves as inspiration. Even though Nanette and Jonathan still consider it a work in progress, the amount of land they have and the magical steps that lead you to a bench at the top of the hill make you feel like you are out in the country. Everyone loves hanging out and playing outside, where you can often find Willow on the hunt for "spiky things."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Warm, modest, and inviting.
Inspiration: Our travels, art and friends. It's great to discover things while traveling and bring a bit home for inspiration, while also feeling inspired by friends who are incredibly creative and always have something interesting to share.
Favorite Element: I love the light and our garden. We both work from home so it's important for us to have natural light and the outdoors to enjoy a meal, the sun, breaks for coffee, and watching our son's exploration and free play. It's also really nice to share our yard with native birds (there's an Audubon Center nearby), wild rabbits, squirrels, and lizards.
Biggest Challenge: We try to let things happen organically. If it feels right, then it's meant to be. Sometimes we bring things home and live with them for a while and discover that it's not working; in that case, we donate it and perhaps even find something new while thrifting.
What Friends Say: We always get calls from friends from out of town asking if they can stay with us. I suppose that speaks for itself.
Biggest Embarrassment: Our shed — it needs major gardening tool and supply sorting.
Proudest DIY: I'm a bit freaked out about touching electric wires. I watched YouTube videos on how to wire ceiling light fixtures and changed them all myself. Our next project is creating a permaculture garden/food forest.
Biggest Indulgence: Art. We are grateful to have friends who are amazing artists that we can collect and trade with.
Best Advice: Buy your home.
Dream Sources: PCC Flea Market and Long Beach Antique Market
Resources of Note:
RUGS & CARPET
Thanks, Nanette & Jonathan!
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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*Re-edited from a post originally published 11.16.12 - AB