Alicia and David's Natural Elements Abode

Alicia and David's Natural Elements Abode

Bridget Pizzo
Aug 30, 2013

Name: Alicia Lawhon, David Huffman, and Lola (dog)
Location: Silverlake, Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,835 square feet
Years Lived In: 13; Owned

Alicia places something in my hand that looks like a dried leaf — and, in fact, that is exactly what it is. She draws my attention to its velvety texture — “Doesn’t it feel like peach fuzz?!” Later, I realized that in that moment, Alicia was asking me to pause and consider the textural and sculptural beauty of an item that others would throw away, but that she instead chooses to honor by displaying on her dining room windowsill. This same reverence for humble beauty and natural elements is reflected throughout Alicia and David's Silverlake home.

Alicia, a realtor at Extraordinary Real Estate, and David, a lawyer, are artists at heart. Alicia previously worked as a wardrobe stylist, and her creative talent lends itself well to interior design. David used to work in set design and handcrafted many of the items in their home, including the coffee table and the spiral staircase and banister to the lower floor.

Neutral colors with occasional pops of oranges and blues complement the home's natural furnishings, many of which are handcrafted by Alicia and David’s artists friends or by the couple themselves. Vintage, thrift shop, and flea market finds blend seamlessly with their growing art collection.

Tactile and textural elements are a strong theme throughout their home. The tiny metal leaf-like sculpture protruding from the den wall is actually a clever dimmer which adjusts the room's light with a touch of the finger. Preferring a less clinical stainless steel look, Alicia took it upon herself to cover the refrigerator and the dishwasher in a more aesthetically interesting fabric. In the living room, the fireplace wall takes center stage. Hand-constructed by David and his friends using cement, the wall is a tactile installation that sets the tone for the open room in the most subtle way. Just like the dried leaf, you can’t help but touch and revel in its simple beauty.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Dries Van Noten in huaraches.

Inspiration: Vibrations, fast moving natural lights in sunrises, palm trees clapping, spider webs, the detail in wood rings, tiny flashes of unexpected color, tropical birds, bird feathers and bird watching, cat eyes, how my friends and I have aged, changed and how you can’t make new old friends, wet rocks, shadows, falling leaves, lace-like leaves, beads of water on the long haired grass in the sunlight creating tiny rainbows, the way my nail color changes in mineral waters, the way warm water feels, moving clouds, star gazing, the petrified forest, fruit trees, dirt roads with fallen flowers, headlights, lightning, artists over 50, touching Lola’s velvet ears, and the way she greets us.

Favorite Element: How perfect the living room, dining room, and kitchen are for entertaining.

Biggest Challenge: The backyard. It’s crying for a pool.

What Friends Say: “Where did you get THAT and can I buy one?”

Biggest Embarrassment: The downstairs bathroom. Untitled and unfinished.

Proudest DIY: Landscaping the front yard after a trip to the Getty. The palo verde tree we planted in front of our living room window greets us with blooms of yellow flowers, which attract the hummingbirds.

Biggest Indulgence: Will be the pool.

Best Advice: Create and share. Good work and authenticity go a long way. Buy real estate and art.

Dream Sources: Gifts and flea markets.

Resources of Note:



  • 70’s mission couch found at thrift shop and reupholstered
  • Custom made bookcases for under both windows by John
  • Stan Bitters pottery
  • Ceramic based lamp in front of fireplace purchased in Palm Springs
  • Table created by David Huffman
  • Planters on coffee table from TW Pottery aka Tracy Wilkinson
  • Vase and dish in front of fireplace available at Yolk Silverlake
  • Dimmer by Simon Story
  • Couch by Moderica
  • Blanket by 100xbtr Brendan Sowersby
  • Lovers sculpture by Bari Ziperstein
  • Rug from thrift shop
  • German depression milk glass pendant lamps
  • Leather and suede bandaged and knotted bar stools on Italian frames
  • African fabric on refrigerator
  • Zoe Crosher photos from the LA Like series
  • Tied Dyed towels and apron from Yolk

  • Chairs reupholstered in leather from flea market
  • Black coco kiss lamps from CB2
  • Dining room table was a gift from a friend
  • Rug purchased from friend at garage sale
  • Burwood macramé table from thrift shop
  • Dried leaves with peach fuzz on window seal from the front yard
  • Window coverings from thrift shop
  • African beaded twill tape with seashells from African shop downtown LA

  • Bed by Moderica
  • Zoe Crosher photo from LAX series
  • Deedee Cheriel lovers painting
  • Damask wallpaper in black by Simon Story
  • Lamp from Flea market

  • Damask wallpaper in black by Simon Story
  • 50’s-esque heads by Bari Ziperstein
  • Spools for hanging scarves purchased at an antique shop in Paso Robles
  • Dresser from Flea Market
  • Felt cubbies available at Yolk Silverlake

  • Painting by Deedee Cheriel
  • Marni-esque printed shower curtain thrift shop
  • Silver 50’s drawer knobs from Liz’s Antique Hardware

  • Birthday triptych photo by Zoe Crosher
  • Vintage rugs and chairs
  • IKEA (rugs, table with wheels, and couch)
  • Cork wallpaper from Astek
  • FJS Pillows from Yolk Silverlake
  • Chair purchased in Palm Springs at consignment shop
  • Planter from Moderica
  • Painting of David by Phil Bower

  • Painting from Jessica Wood
  • Photos by Zoe Crosher
  • Lamp from thrift shop
  • Rug IKEA

  • Table and benches by David
  • Chairs and table from Yolk Silverlake
  • Planters are a mix of TW Pottery, thrift shops, and gifts
  • Thanks, Alicia and David!

    (Images: Bridget Pizzo)

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