Name: Peggy North, party designer and owner of Fire and Creme Kids
Location: Venice; Los Angeles, California
Size: 3,200 square feet
Years lived in: 11 years
We fell in love with Peggy's home because it is an inspirational example of how to combine Craftsman architecture with a beach aesthetic, while adding in in your own personal artistic and bohemian flair. Peggy moved from Paris, so of course there is also a European vibe happening as well. The house was a real fixer, but she saw its potential from the beginning.
While house shopping, Peggy visited about 30 to 40 houses before her realtor insisted that she take a look at her current home. The house definitely needed an aesthetic update — the house was yellow, with fake stone on the porch. After she purchased the home, Peggy immediately painted the entire home white and opened up the kitchen. Then two years later she was inspired by Terence Conran's The Ultimate House Book and decided to add the kids' floor.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I grew up in Paris, lived in Morocco and now in Venice, and have traveled so much that I feel my style is just an extension of this bohemian life
Inspiration: Nomades, surfer, Parisian, beach
Favorite Element: The Adam Secore photo in the dining room (surfers).
Biggest Challenge: Craftsman houses are challenging because their ceilings are low and the spaces are small. We had to come up with ideas to keep the Craftsman/beach house look and get some lights inside! We used light colored oak wood flooring and white/cream paint on the walls.
What Friends Say: They like to hang out in my outdoor area by the fireplace. The garden is very private and quiet even though we live a couple blocks away from trendy Abbott Kinney! People are always surprised how tiny the house looks from the street. They would never have guessed we have a pool in the back! This house is full of surprises...
Biggest Embarrassment: I have a closet only for my shoes.
Proudest DIY: The photo wall in the restroom.
Biggest Indulgence: My Bulthaup kitchen!
Best Advice: Take your time and live in your house for a bit before you decide to turn it upside down!
Dream Sources: I love the shop Caravane in Paris. It's a mix of bohemian chic and Moroccan but super cozy, stylish and simple at the same time.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Ralph Lauren side table
- Painting from Elise Collin
- Minotti sofas
- Caravane table
- Vintage Moroccan rug
- Curtains from Caravane Paris
- Modernica chairs
- Vincent van Duysen table
- Adam Secore photo (surf)
- James Perse sofa
- Fur rug from New Zealand
- Custom made cabinet from Hugh Fitzpatrick
- Curtain from Caravane Paris
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