This Maximalist LA House Has Some of the Best Color and Pattern Combos We’ve Ever Seen
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Name: Dani Dazey and Phillip Butler, and our dogs Franklin and Yuki
Location: Highland Park — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,200 square feet with 200 square foot ADU
Type of Home: House
Years lived in: 6 months, owned
Multidisciplinary creative Dani Dazey is an expert at combining colors and patterns in incredibly cool and fresh ways. She’s unleashed her signature expertise in a number of different ways and on a plethora of surfaces: You can find her designs on her own clothing line, Dazey LA, in the spaces she designs through her interior design studio, Dazey Den, and most definitely in her own homes, like the one Apartment Therapy previously toured and this one, the house she currently shares with her partner, Phillip, and their dogs, Franklin and Yuki.
Wallpaper on the walls and ceilings, wild tile in the kitchen and other statement spots, even a three-color sectional sofa — there’s not an inch of this house the couple purchased that doesn’t scream bold. “I have a huge passion for empowering others to be a little more daring with design and everyday choices,” she writes. “I’m also very excited to announce that I’m the designer on a new Discovery+ renovation show, Trixie Motel, streaming next summer.”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Inspiration: Color and vintage design is my inspiration across all my design work, whether it be fashion design, textile design, graphic design, or interior design. I love to create unexpected combinations of pattern and hues that magically work together and wow all that walk in. I’m in love with the unapologetic boldness of the maximalist movement and am inspired by pushing boundaries and really having fun with design!
Favorite Element: My living room is absolutely my favorite part of our house. It’s a small space, but really packs a punch. People were doubtful that the tile, rug, and wallpaper would all work but I was confident. I am so happy with how it turned out. The house came with the beautiful cove ceilings and vintage details, and I knew I wanted to draw the eye upward. When the afternoon light hits, it glows and just looks gorgeous.
Biggest Challenge: Making over the kitchen was the biggest challenge. It’s a much smaller kitchen that we would have liked and came with gray counters that I really didn’t vibe with. I’m a sucker for tile and really wanted to do something daring and graphic. I went with a custom colored hand-painted tile from Fireclay Tile. We had to get really creative with how to lay out the tile to work with the pattern, layout, and existing appliances. We were able to simply paint the existing cabinets and replace the hardware to give them an upgraded feel. I was so torn on what colors to paint the cabinets, but ultimately decided to go green and love it.
Proudest DIY: Phillip and I did most of the house ourselves! We both paint and do murals often, so that was easy. The biggest challenge and something new to us was doing the wallpaper. We wallpapered SO much and even decided to do two ceilings. Framing and wallpapering the den ceiling was a big challenge, but felt amazing when we were done!
Biggest Indulgence: Tiling our front door steps, fireplace, and kitchen. Absolutely worth it. I feel like these bold and grounding elements made the house really feel like it was mine.
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? Our home is technically three bedrooms, but we decided to make the largest bedroom a den instead! We didn’t need three rooms and much prefer to have an additional space to work and entertain. It made sense since the “den” has direct doors to all the common areas and a big French door to our deck. Most people don’t even realize it’s technically a bedroom! We made the smallest room in the house our actual bedroom since we work from home and like spending our days in the larger rooms.
We also designed our home to be used as a set for not only my clothing brand Dazey LA, but other people too. We rent our home Dazey Bungalow out for shoots and productions, so I design as many photographable spaces as possible! Having an extra living room helps haha.
What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? My favorite pieces of furniture have to be our statement dining room table and our mixed modular couch. People’s jaws drop when they see our gorgeous Industry West table; it really feel like a piece of art.
And I get questions all the time about our tricolor living room couch; it’s really just an easy hack. I ordered three modular pieces from Joybird, just each in a different colored chenille fabric.
Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Our home was built in the 1920s and there’s minimal storage space. We’ve opted to using a lot of credenzas in our decor so we can store household items in there, too!
Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Don’t shy away from color and making big bold choices! Decor and design can transform a simple or small space into something wow-worthy. Even if you just want to start off with one accent wall or simple mural. It will make an impact on your home and happiness! Your environment can affect your mood and productivity and investing in it will change so many other aspects of your life.
PAINT & COLORS
- Green — Dunn Edwards’ “Pesto”
- Red — Dunn Edwards’ “Aloha Sunset”
- Yellow — Dunn Edwards’ “Golden Appeal”
- Pink — Dunn Edwards’ “Pale Jasper”
- Yellow Couch/desk/side table — Joybird
- Rug — Vintage
- Lighting — Corbett Lighting
- Vanity/sink/hardware — Signature Hardware
- Lighting — My Mitzi/Hudson Valley Lighting
- Shower Curtain/rod — Signature Hardware
This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.
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