Name: Gallerist Anthony Cran and fashion stylist Naomi Wilding, owners of Wilding Cran Gallery
Location: West Adams; Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years
It's no surprise that Naomi Wilding and Anthony Cran have so much style, considering that Naomi's grandmother is Elizabeth Taylor and Anthony's father is a prolific painter. Anthony's father, Chris Cran, has his work represented at the Wilding Cran Gallery. Both Naomi and Anthony grew up around style and art.
Since Naomi grew up in Wales, their home has a bit of a European look, but she and Anthony have also kept the rawness of the space as much as possible. I really fell in love with the floral drapery in the master bedroom — it gives the feeling of an English country house. You may have also noticed the playful Union Jack tea cozy in the kitchen, just one of the many small touches that help to tell the story of the family who call this Craftsman home.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Very eclectic! Most of our home is not so much an adherence to a particular style, but is more of a collection or telling of our story. We pick up things when we travel; we love to collect art and to display personal objects that have a particular sentimental value. We try to use our home as an artistic expression of ourselves.
Inspiration: Everything around us! Walks down the street looking at the beautifully restored craftsman houses and their gardens inspires us. Also travel — whether it's a trip to Morocco or Santa Fe, New Mexico, or just the Casbah Cafe in Silver Lake, we are inspired by the colors and textures that we see.
Favorite Element: We have no particular favorite element, but we love the light in our home and the colors. We love how our home opens up and flows from one room into another and then into the garden space.
Biggest Challenge: Although working on our home is a real labor of love, we struggle to find the time for all the things we would like to do. Our son was only a few weeks old when we bought the house, so he has grown up with us restoring it. However, since we have done most of the work ourselves, it has been hard to find time away from our jobs or taking care of our son to finish it. We still have paint swatches on our bedroom walls, which have been there so long now that they have become part of the aesthetic of the room!
What Friends Say: Most people seem to be surprised when they open the door and see the space inside; perhaps because the front of the house doesn't hint at what is within. Once they are inside we get lots of questions about our collections. We love to tell the stories relating to where each object was found or who it was given by. From the art on the walls to the found hummingbird nest in the living room, just about everything in our home has some kind of story behind it, which makes a nice way to entertain our guests.
Biggest Embarrassment: Not finishing things! Whether it is because of budget, time, or because we kind of like the artistic look of things unfinished (mostly all three), we have a terrible habit of starting a project and then moving onto something else before it is 100% done.
Proudest DIY: Our kitchen cabinets! Anthony worked with a cabinetmaker as his apprentice to make them.
Biggest Indulgence: Our en suite bathroom, which was truly disgusting for our first 3 years in the house. When we were finally able to afford it, this was the only room we had completely done by professionals. We chose handmade tiles from Mexico (and a few Malibu Tiles), the cabinet was custom-made, and we splurged on sliding shower doors.
Best Advice: Spend some time living in the space before deciding what changes to make.
Dream Sources: More traveling!
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- DIY bookshelves - three separate units made from 1" plywood, sanded and varnished
- Picture over bookshelves by Ryan Sluggett
- The sofa set is from a vintage furniture store in Silver Lake (we've had it so long I forgot the name, sorry). The owner told us that it was from a then recently demolished Las Vegas hotel, we think it was the Desert Sands Hotel.
- Sofa fabric from Ashanti, African textile store in downtown Los Angeles
- Grey stand up lamp from Ikea
- Orange corner lamp from Ikea
- Teepee from The Land of Nod
- The tree stump that we use as a TV stand was found for $10 at a wood yard and treated with linseed oil
- Table and credenza from St. Vincent de Paul thrift warehouse
- Chairs from Ikea
- Iron and wood bench by Todd McMurray Design
- Sculpture by Michael Wilding, wall artwork by Chris Cran, Michael Cran, John will (all at Wilding Cran Gallery) and others
- Kids painting easel from Ikea
- Butcher block countertops from Ikea
- Kohler cast iron sink
- LG double oven range with blue interiors
- DIY drapes made with fabric from Michael Levine in downtown Los Angeles
- Dresser from St. Vincent de Paul Society
- Headboard fabric is a shawl
- Bedside rug from a market in Morocco
- All other furniture is inherited or given
- Artwork above bed by our son, Declan, except the squirrel, which is by Martin Bennett (at Wilding Cran Gallery)
Thanks, Naomi & Anthony!
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