Kelly Lamb’s Warm, Welcoming Backyard Boho Guest House

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Kelly Lamb
Location: Los Feliz—Los Angeles, California
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 1.5 years

Kelly is an artist, ceramicist and designer living in the Hollywood Hills end of Los Feliz. While she remodels the main house, Kelly has been living in the property’s guest cabin. What I loved most about this guest house is how it encompasses the quintessential Los Angeles vibe: bohemian, warm, welcoming and completely drenched in natural light.

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The most essential part of designing a home in Kelly’s opinion is the indoor and outdoor flow of the space. I completely agree, as she is surrounded by tons of trees and an impeccable view of LA. “The climate of LA has changed how I look at spaces—especially my awareness of light and how I work with and incorporate outdoor living areas with indoor.”

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Though this home offers plenty of outdoor bliss, inside there are some obvious treasures, like all the amazing windows and the fireplace/hearth. Though she added an AC and ripped up the flooring during renovations, there is plenty of original charm and great bones to this layout. It’s essentially an open floor plan, except the quaint bedroom and bath, which hide off to the side.

With its vaulted ceilings and serene atmosphere, I’m sure she’ll make the best use of this guest house as she finishes the extensive custom renovation to the main house.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Bohemian Eclectic

Inspiration: Isamu Noguchi

Favorite Element: The view and windows

Biggest Challenge: Creating a comfortable, contemporary space while working with the quirks of a vintage property

What Friends Say: They’re in love with the fireplace/hearth

Biggest Embarrassment: My non-existent green thumb

Proudest DIY: When we tore up the old shingle floor to uncover the original flooring.

Biggest Indulgence: My collection

Best Advice: Figure out how you use the space first, then build and style around that.

Dream Sources: Paris, India, Italy



  • Dunn-Edwards White Dew380
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  • Restoration Hardware Chunky Hand-Braided Jute Rug, Honey
  • Pillows, Sunbrella, Sailcloth Sailor
  • Geo Sculpture, Kelly Lamb
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  • Pierre Cardin Vintage Chairs
  • Black Stack Vase, Kelly Lamb
  • Ikea Docksta Dining Table
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  • Ikea Domsjo Sink/ / Vimmern Faucet
  • Fly-Painting John Knuth
  • White Porcelain Teacups, Kelly Lamb
  • Vintage stove
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  • Pillows- Rose Bowl Flea Market find
  • Bedcover- gift from India
  • Smith & Noble Blackout shades
  • Eames-inspired vintage wire-base night stand with marble top

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Thanks, Kelly! And many thanks to Kristen Hettich for lending a hand in styling up Kelly’s home for this shoot.