Name: Victoria & Braden Richter (& Kids Roman & Ryland) - owner and designer behind Jaxon Home
Location: Culver City; Los Angeles, California
Size: 2,200 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year
Victoria and Braden moved their family from a home in the Venice Canals to a charming historic house in Culver City. Although they miss the boho flair of living in the Canals, their new house is so close to their store so it makes trying to juggle a busy family with running a retail store more manageable.
The Richter home revolves around family. The house has a very open floor plan. You can stand in the living room and look through to the play room and then through to the kids' bedroom. The layout keeps everyone connected with no separation between adult and kid areas. Also, the furniture isn't too precious that kids are not allowed to touch or play on the furniture. You can feel a real sense of everyone being a family and the feeling of love is definitely present.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: California, simple, subtle and kid-friendly. Our style is reflected in the pieces that we design for Jaxon Home. As a very busy family, we are all about performance and durability. But because of our backgrounds in design, we crave a grown-up sophisticated vibe too. This is part of why we dreamed up our kids line, Jaxon MINI. We know the lifestyle of the children will dominate our space, so we've worked hard to find a way to blend our style in amid the bevy of toys and games underfoot!
Inspiration: Braden leans a little industrial with a steampunk edge, I (Victoria) like to mix it all in with simple luxurious materials that the kids can get rowdy around. We often live with Jaxon pieces, whether we are test driving new design ideas that we aren't currently obsessed with (see our navy blue tufted velvet sofa that appears to float above its chrome base) or we have taken a piece that perhaps sat on the showroom floor too long. I admit that many pieces came off the showroom floor because they were damaged. We live among the Jaxon Home castaways.
Favorite Element: The pool
Biggest Challenge: 2 designers = 2 opinions
What Friends Say: Didn't you have different furniture here last week?
Biggest Embarrassment: No fence can contain our dog
Proudest DIY: Braden changed a light bulb once
Biggest Indulgence: The spa at midnight
Best Advice: Do not take this too seriously; design should be fun. Buy kid-friendly materials. Layering texture is important, but know when to stop. Go with your gut.
Dream Source: Jaxon Home (of course). We look to artists and true innovators for design ideas, enjoying the deep and more twisted designer types. Typically we try our hand at making things ourselves, but I'm wickedly inspired by Etsy and I spend my time surfing the site for inspiration and gifts.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Artwork by Mark Hobley
- Sofa - Jaxon Home
- Coffee Table - Jaxon Home
- End Table - Jaxon Home
- Leather Basket - Jaxon Home
- Vintage Wine Jug - Jaxon Home
- Shelves - Pottery Barn Kids
- Bunk Bed - Custom by Victoria Richter (contact Jaxon Home for details)
- Play Table - Jaxon MINI
- Rugs - Chandra
- Leather Mini Chair - by Braden - first Jaxon MINI design over 8 years ago, made for Sam
- Artwork - Zonal San Francisco
- Artwork - David Fink
Thanks, Victoria & Braden!
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