This Entrepreneur Used Wallpaper and Tile to ‘Create & Cultivate’ Her Dream Home

published Mar 18, 2020

This Entrepreneur Used Wallpaper and Tile to ‘Create & Cultivate’ Her Dream Home

published Mar 18, 2020
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Name: Jaclyn Johnson, husband David Kaul, and dogs Noah and Winnie
Location: Atwater Village — Los Angeles , California
Size: 1400 square feet
Years Lived In: 4 years, owned

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After noticing that resources for young, female entrepreneurs were sorely lacking, Jaclyn Johnson (already a successful entrepreneur herself) started Create & Cultivate, “an online platform and offline conference for women looking to create and cultivate the career of their dreams.” Create & Cultivate has a massive following, as does the book Jaclyn wrote, “WorkParty,” as well as the podcast, also called “WorkParty.” Jaclyn’s talents are clearly in the arena of encouraging and motivating others, so it’s no shock to see that the house she shares with her husband and two dogs is also inspiring.

“My husband and I were searching for a house for almost two years and after putting in offers on 15 places, we managed to snag the home of our dreams!” Jaclyn explains. “We were touring the house, and [the owner] had all these art books and skate books from the ’90s—my husband is an artist, and he was geeking out. He wrote a letter and put together some art and stuff about skate culture. The guy was the creative director at Vans, and was also an old dad who like to skate, so he kind of bonded with my husband. I feel like that’s what got us the house.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Mid-Century, Boho, Californian 

Inspiration: Sarah Sherman Samuel; Amber Interiors; Anything Californian, clean, modern but still lived in! 

Favorite Element: The living room absolutely sold us on the home. The A-frame and fireplace are from the ’20s and it has so much character that we absolutely fell in love. We did add the tiles to the fireplace and refinished the floors to make it a bit more modern.

Biggest Challenge: The renovations are definitely intense. Everyday, there is a new decision to be made and a new problem to tackle. But, on the flip side you are able to customize something exactly how you want it. I would recommend not rushing with making any of these decisions; take your time so that you find exactly what fits best with your style and needs. 

Proudest DIY: I would say our garden in the front! We ran out of money (as you do with a home renovation) so my husband and I decided to flex our landscaping skills and put together the front yard. We used left over succulents from our wedding (some of which are huge now!) I am definitely proud of it, does it look great?

Biggest Indulgence: I would say my fire pit area. I love it My first chair or the regular size chair?because it feels like Ojai or Napa to me. I will absolutely kick back with my husband and pups and have a bottle of wine after a long flight home or long day of work!

What’s your best home secret? When in doubt, wallpaper! I love wallpaper so much. It’s the perfect way to create the real statement without relying solely on artwork and gives you a great bang for your buck. 



  • Dunn Edwards — Vanilla Shake 


  • Office wallpaper  —  CB2 
  • Perforated Desk  —  CB2 
  • Walkaway Chair  —  CB2 
  • Natural bamboo baskets  —  CB2 
  • Light fixture  —  Cedar and Moss 
  • Flat Iron Linen Apartment Sofa  —  CB2 


  • Darbuka Brass Coffee Table  —  CB2 
  • Iclandic Sheepskin Throw  —  CB2
  • Braided Hemp Jute  —  CB2
  • Uno Two Piece Sofa  —  CB2
  • Tessa Bronze Bookcases  —  CB2
  • Cue Chairs with Black Legs  —  CB2 
  • Light fixture  —  Cedar & Moss 
  • Fireplace Tile  —  Granada Tile
  • Leisure Black Velvet Pillow  —  CB2 



  • Kitchen Countertops  —  Cambria 
  • Brass Drawer Pulls  —  CB2
  • Hex Brass Handle  —  CB2
  • Kitchen Sink  —  Kohler




  • Tropez Natural Sofa  —  CB2 
  • Chuck Log Holder  —  CB2 
  • Acapulco Black Egg Outdoor Chair  —  CB2

Thanks Jaclyn!