Regina O'Brien: Set Decorator and Production Designer and Hardy Wronske: Principal Heyday Partnership Location: Happy Valley, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, California Size: 1700 square feet Years lived in: 6 years Regina and Hardy live in this fun place called Happy Valley. It is just past downtown Los Angeles and is perched up on a small hill. Since Hardy's firm, Heyday Partnership, specializes in affordable architecture, his own home is an example of his work. Both lots were purchased for an incredibly low price and he was very frugal with the cost of building the two homes. Regina and Hardy live in the "Jill" of the Jack + Jill and another design enthusiast lives in the "Jack."
Proudest DIY: I had a dream where I painted a "stripe" pattern with diluted paint using what we in the Art Dept biz call a Hudson. I tried it in my office and it looked even better than I thought! Also, since the house was brand new when we moved in, there was no garden to speak of, and learning which plants will grow in our soil, and look good, not all be succulents, and not be eaten by gophers, was a real challenge. After some guidance from some landscape architect friends, the garden is getting close to the wild, rambling and random feeling I was hoping for. Partially inspired by the lovely, thoughtful gardens in England. The succulent roof garden over our bedroom keeps it nice and cool and cuts down on the air conditioning costs. Biggest Indulgence: I love to collect art and always try to score a good deal, but sometimes for pieces I really believe it — like my Tony Duquette starburst candle holder — I break down and splurge. Some pieces I have left over from my art school days, including the large Tony Mendoza hanging over the stairs, which was originally painted for an underground club I ran in the 80's called Plastic Passion. There are so many great little galleries in town and so many great artists coming out of LA art schools. Good work is hard not to find. Best Advice: Your environment is so important to how you live. Surround yourself with what you like and you will be happier, and know yourself better Dream Sources: Any sort of auction, Clark Cierlak's or LAMA for example, provides great opportunities to get things that happen to pop up — like kismet! I love eBay, but can't tell you the number of times something has shown up as a shrunken version of what I thought I was buying. Now, if I don't know the item, or if it isn't relatively inexpensive I let someone else "win" it.
- Pacific Sales
- Amana Refridgerator
- Door Knocker vintage Don Drumm
- Mortarless vintage tiles
- Ikea cabinets
- Ceasarstone counter
- Ceramics: Gainey (factory outlet) in Sante Fe Springs
- Raymor Ceramics
- 1968 Charmglow Barbecue: parents
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