Behind the Seams at the House of
Hunter and Harper

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Name: Timothy Dahl and Laura Dahl
Location: Palms, West Los Angeles, CA
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 3.5 years; Rent

He's the mind and muscle behind one of our favorite home renovation blogs, Charles & Hudson. She's the creative talent behind her own fashion brand. Together, they've collaborated and launched Built By Kids, a site sharing the virtues of the "ABC's of DIY". They're a duo best described as a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n roll, reflected all throughout a home dedicated to their adorable son, a rambunctious canine, and showcasing an affinity for travel, home improvement projects, fashion, and most of all, family.

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The Dahls property is really a small compound, a long lot with a modest 900 square foot, 2 bedroom home in the front and three additional smaller structures zig-zagging to the back. A main courtyard shaded by a canopy of large trees shields the family from the sound of surrounding traffic, while also affords them a relaxing SoCal indoor/outdoor area to relax and entertain. Altogether, the Dahls home reflects their easy-going and welcoming nature, where Laura's sense of fashion drapes Timothy's love of the functional.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic with a solid foot in 1920's French.

Inspiration:  Our travels, impressive quality and workmanship.

Favorite Element: Indoor/Outdoor living.

Biggest Challenge: The shape of our living room - it's long and narrow with. doors on one side forcing all the seating to be on the other side.

What Friends Say: They remark our home is so comfortable and casually unpretentious.

Biggest Embarrassment:  Pink stucco...we're renting!

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Proudest DIY:  probably our laundry room, a makeover project we documented as a before and after.

Biggest Indulgence: Flou bed and DWR chest

Best Advice:  Life is best when lived amongst vivid memories.

Dream Sources: ABC Carpet, and Home, any international bazaar

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Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS

  • Valspar

Living Room

• Design Within Reach chest
• Room and Board couch
• French swivel chair and ottoman
• Deco side table from Las Vegas Vintage Market
• Commissioned artwork by Aaron Morse
• Vintage poster, France 1921
• Vintage sketches from a flea market in Avingnon, France
• Miniature busts of family - Santa Monica Pier
• Eames chair - MOMA
• 1960's lamp inherited from Grandma
• Floor Mirror - free on NYC street
• Vintage French 1920's chandelier

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Dining Room

• 1960's table and chairs inherited from Grandma
• 1970's high chair from Laura's childhood
• Metal cabinets - Sam Flax
• French mirror side table - LA Flea Market
• Ethan Allen corner table from Laura's childhood bedroom
• Pendant lamp - Lowes
• Mirror - Brooklyn hardware store
• Old family photos
• Photography by Laura
• Drawings by Laura's brother, Matthew Gray Gubler
• Silhouette art by the old man on Disneyland's Main Street

Kitchen

• Elf "countertops" with drawers - Container Store
• Various artwork by Aaron Morse

Bedroom

• Flou bed
• Ghost chair
• Mirrored French replica chest
• 1960's side tables inherited from Grandma
• Various artwork including photography by Laura, a landscape rescued from my parent's attic, vintage 1930's poster and the proverbial wedding photo Wallpaper art

Nursery

• Chest and rocking chair from Laura's childhood room
• Military trunk originally from Timothy's dad and well used by Timothy himself
• Bookshelves from IKEA
• Vintage chandalier from the Las Vegas Sand's Hotel pre-implosion sale
• Crib from IKEA
• Tin Tin art bought in Vietnam
• Map collage by Aaron Morse
• Vintage Calder poster from LACMA 1969
• Horse head coat rack from Timothy's childhood room
• Hat rack from Laura's childhood room
• Various books and stuffed animals from Timothy and Laura's childhood

Laundry Room

• Deer taxidermy head hand-me-down from Laura's brother
• Shelving, mirror, light from IKEA
• Vintage rug from San Francisco vintage store

Backyard

• Furniture from Lowes
• Handmade planter boxes
• Elephant from Mumbai, India
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Thanks, Laura, Timothy, Hunter (and Harper)!

(Images: Gregory Han)

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