Name: Simone LeBlanc
Location: Silver Lake - Los Angeles, California
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 8 year
Not long after I met Simone we were fully engaged in a conversation about her ultimate love story - meeting a guy in northern California, moving to Paris together, and living under the Eiffel Tower (the story was right out of a movie!). Unfortunately, the story ended with her moving back to Los Angeles while he stayed in Europe. As I looked around her home there were definitely remnants of her memories and treasures from Paris.
Simone may not have come back to Los Angeles with love, but she returned with many inspirations to create her new home. She intentionally keeps the overall lighting in her home dim to set a comfortable and sexy mood for the space. Simone's home is filled with personal treasures collected from travels, gifts from friends, and decor passed down from family.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Rustic chic, relaxed and filled with personal treasures
Inspiration: Creating a comfortable environment for memorable nights with friends and family. The lived-in love of a European country home. Unique objects that when put together create a story.
Favorite Element: My collected treasures from my family, friends, and travels. I love that I have a painting that I found on the streets of Paris and next to it a hand carved wood serving tray that my grandparents brought back from Africa in the 1950s. Objects of experiences each carry memories which create a rich life.
Biggest Challenge: Editing beloved objects. I'm a high end gift consultant, so I meet incredible artisans and collectors. It goes without saying that they often have something I love. Editing is important; know what to pull out and what to put away.
What Friends Say: They ask if they can move in or at least come and spend evenings in my garden.
Biggest Embarrassment: My kitchen counter space is incredibly limited (as in I have none), which makes for a fine challenge when cooking with friends.
Proudest DIY: My entire home is a DIY; the curation of it all. I also love my reupholstery of my dining chairs - who knew white vinyl snakeskin could be a good thing?
Biggest Indulgence: Cashmere throws, linen robes, and a hand knit cotton bedspread that's worth its weight
Best Advice: Quality over quantity: purchase well made pieces that maintain their appeal.
Dream Source: Pottery shops in Dogtown, California, estate sales in Galveston, Texas, the flea market in Merida, Mexico, and local artisan shops everywhere. Treasures live in unexpected places.
Resources of Note:
- Benjamin Moore
- Roger Dunn
RUGS & CARPETS
- Rugs from travels to Palm Springs
- Rugs from estate sales in Yountville, California
- Matteo Home
- John Robshaw
- Elder Statesmen (throws)
Images: Marcia Prentice
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