Luz's Mid Century Mini

Luz's Mid Century Mini

Janel Laban
Jul 21, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for the bedroom photos being missing earlier. I communicated with Alison and we got it sorted out. Please enjoy the full tour!

Name: Luz and her (giant) Doberman Jackson
Location: Highland Park — Los Angeles, California
Size: 790 square feet
Years lived in: 4

Luz's house, perched high up on a hill, may be tiny but packs a big punch. She has spent years perfecting the space – testing out different furniture configurations, trying out different sofas and dining tables and generally making her home the perfect reflection of her personality. She has always been drawn to mid century modern furnishings, and has a great eye for modern lines and solid construction. But, it is her eclectic collection of artwork that really makes her house shine.

Every piece in her house has a story – from the custom made mahogany bed built by a friend to the 60's sofa she spotted in the garage of a neighbor. The antlers above the mantel come from two deer her cousin hunted near Carlsbad California. The Philippe Starck "Mr. Impossible" chair was spotted while living in London for work. The artwork on the walls are like an ever changing gallery. With more art than wall space – Luz shifts things around quite a bit. Once in a while she even "re-discovers" something that has been lingering in her collection but hasn't been displayed for years. She recently dug out a pair of vibrant newspaper illustrations she bought years ago in New York City, which she mounted and framed for her office.

One of the best features of Luz's house is the backyard. In the spring, the giant Jacaranda tree blooms bright purple and covers the lawn in color. The small yard is the natural gravitation spot for social gatherings, sunbathing, and playing with her (very tall) Doberman, Jackson. Luz has recently been successful in growing an abundant herb garden and tending to her many gorgeous succulent plants!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I like a little bit of everything. I love mid-century modern, but mostly I'd say my style is simple and clean.

Inspiration: Art is my inspiration, but more specifically color and contrast. I am inspired by things that seem to be opposites.

Biggest Challenge: Definitely the bathroom – and maybe the countertops in the kitchen, I am not a huge fan of the way they look and the way they've held up over the years.

What Friends Say: Cozy. They also say that my house is very "Luz"!

Biggest Embarrassment: The price I paid for the house. I bought at the very height of the bubble…

Proudest DIY: Converting the small garage into an art studio!

Biggest Indulgence: My bed. I had it custom made by a local furniture designer.

Best Advice: Don't follow any rules!

Dream Sources: Design Within Reach, great "finds" at flea markets, being able to cherry pick from my childhood homes!

Resources of Note:

Bookshelf/Divider, Living Room chairs, Dining Room Table, Office chairs: eBay

Wood dining room chairs: IKEA

Eames Molded Plastic dining chairs: Design Within Reach

Bedroom dresser, entry console table, office side table and office desk: Pepe's (furniture re-sale shop in Silverlake)

Most everything else is other people's hand me downs.

Artwork: everywhere – friends, local artists, trades, found objects and gifts.

Thanks, Luz!

Images: Alison Gilbert

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