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Name: Tim Campbell
Location: Silverlake — Los Angeles, California
Type: Tim designed and built the two-story, single-family home.
Years lived in: 10 — owned

Designer Tim Campbell believes in collaborating closely with his clients to bring out a home's "character, born from its history and the people who have passed through it." In Tim's own home, you can read his personal story. An eclectic contemporary art collection mixes with a Masai sword acquired directly from a warrior on the Serengeti in Tanzania and a few vintage art objects from an Amsterdam junk shop.

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In 2001, Tim designed and built his home from the ground up. Over time, he's filled it with an impressive collection of furniture, textiles, and art from a wide range of eras. A puppy by Jeff Koons guards the library, while a Bill Jacobsen photograph hangs over the bed. Antique Turkish and Moroccan rugs are a warm, weathered counterpoint to Bertoia chairs and a minimal wood bed frame by German design house e15. You'll even find some Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel in the mix — as Tim says, the best designers are "fearless and irreverent in every moment," whether that means throwing a Tibetan goat skin across the bed or putting side tables from a catalog next to carved stools from Cameroon.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: All things beautiful with an urban ethnic overlay.

Inspiration: My husband, my dog, nature, art, fashion, music, Andrée Putnam and Tadao Ando. (Not necessarily in that order. And it depends on the day.)

Favorite Element: Light.

Biggest Challenge: Finding the perfect in the imperfect.

What Friends Say: Hopefully that I inspire them.

Biggest Embarrassment: N/A

Proudest DIY: I built the deck in my backyard myself start to finish. It was a solid weekend's work but I still love it.

Biggest Indulgence: Thom Brown made-to-measure jackets. Art collecting.

Best Advice: Be fearless and irreverent in every moment.

Resources of Note:




    • Dining Table: Shelter Los Angeles (no longer in business)
    • Dining Chairs: Tolix Chairs from Paris — I bought them off the street at a shop in the Marais.
    • Art Across from Dining Table: Travis Somerville, Sunday after Church, 2007, mixed media on canvas
    • Artifact on Wall: Masai sword, purchased from a Masai Warrior on the Serengeti in Tanzania
    • Tray: Berbere Custom Imports Los Angeles
    • Candlesticks: Dutch, purchased at a junk shop in Amsterdam
    • Vase: Crate and Barrel
    • Item on Tray: African salt and pepper terrines and candle by D.L. & Co, Barneys New York


    • Horns: From a market in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania






Thanks, Tim!

Images: Karyn Millet

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