Tyler & Kelsey’s Laid-Back, Family-Friendly California Vibe

updated Feb 20, 2019
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(Image credit: Photo by Tyler Parker)

Name: Tyler Parker (a photographer) and Kelsey Harper (a custom floral designer) and their 2-year-old, Harrison Harper
Location: Eagle Rock — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 years; Rented

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Tyler and Kelsey have been thoroughly enjoying their East Los Angeles home. Making room for a baby on the way while raising a 2-year-old, they’ve somehow managed to create a home that is not only beautiful but incredibly functional as well. As full-time freelance business owners, they are lucky enough to enjoy the perks of parenting in this spacious architectural dreamscape.

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

This home resonates with charm and the DIY spirit. Not only are there two artists living here, but these are two people who love to take on renovations and home decor themselves. One of their favorite things in the home is the master bed’s headboard, which was made by Kelsey (along with many hand-dyed pillows and crochet hangings). But it is their growing family that really sets the tone of their home.

One of the main challenges noted is their need for organization and functionality—and how to do so in a stylish way. They believe the most essential part of designing a home is “convenience,” along with keeping life organized. For example, they explained,”When looking for a couch recently, we found a lot of things that we like stylistically, but the reality of having two children lead us to something that was more family-friendly.”

The city of Los Angeles lends itself generously to both Kelsey and Tyler’s personal style. “We have a ton of greenery indoors, especially things native to California,” they said. They feel that LA itself greatly influences the vibe of their home. Not only do they take advantage of the indoor/outdoor-friendly climate, but they have designed their backyard for ample gatherings. The couple noted, “The laid-back California lifestyle has lead us to choose or build items focused around relaxing and entertaining with our friends and family.”

Finally, I have to thank Tyler himself for taking a majority of the photos in this tour. We have been working on this tour for two months now, as I had to go to their house multiple times for different photos—and then ultimately needed his help to complete it. So thank you both for your patience and hospitality!

(Image credit: Photo by Tyler Parker)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: California Cozy

Inspiration: We are inspired by cities and places we travel to together and by our friends who are creative. We browse Pinterest for a lot of DIY inspiration, and being California natives, we grew up thrifting and are inspired by the history of old treasures.

Favorite Element: Our living room is definitely the central hub of our home. We spend a lot of time around the fireplace and love redecorating our mantel as seasons change. The arched ceiling makes the room feel grand in a sense and our most comfortable furniture lives there.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping our home feeling stylish yet baby-friendly has been a challenge. Keeping creative spaces functional and efficient has been challenging along with making use of our space. We also both have had a hard time letting go of things that are sentimental to us to make room for a new baby and newer pieces.

What Friends Say: Everyone really likes our backyard and what we’ve done with the amount of space we have. For the most part, it’s mainly cement, but we’ve added a lot of greenery and lighting along with a lot of smaller nooks to hang out in and also a large area for al fresco dining.

Biggest Embarrassment: How big we go for the holidays although our neighbors share the same sentiment.

Proudest DIY: Our outdoor furniture including a plywood bed surrounded by vines and a couple of picnic benches we converted to make really cozy seating during dinner parties.

Biggest Indulgence: Rent—our home is not cheap to run or maintain, but considering we work from home and spend a lot of time entertaining, it’s money well spent.

Best Advice: Measure twice, buy once.

Dream Sources: Lawson-Fenning, Restoration Hardware, John Derian Company, American Rag Cie Home, Organic Modernism


(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • All walls: BEHR Swiss Coffee
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • Couch: Restoration Hardware
  • Credenza: Organic Modernism
  • Corner unit (toy storage): vintage hand-me-down
  • Cow skull: Olivera Street
  • Throw pillows: Target
  • Fig tree and pot: Downtown LA Flower Mart
  • Lamps: Rose Bowl Flea Market
  • Lampshades: Target
  • Stones print: Gene Prizer
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • Light fixture: IKEA
  • Dining table: CB2
  • Jute rug: IKEA
  • Couch: Shabby Cic
  • Chairs: Lexington Modern
  • Highchair: OXO
  • Pillows: IKEA, hand-dyed by Kelsey
  • Kantha quilt: eBay
  • Clock: Lemnos
  • Print: Alex Prager
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • Bar cart: Target
  • Toaster: West Elm
  • Coffeemaker: Bonita BV1099TS
  • Water boiler: Hario
  • Mixer: KitchenAid
  • You Have Everything You Need print: Reform School
  • Los Angeles print: Ork
(Image credit: Photo by Tyler Parker)


  • Headboard: made by Kelsey
  • Light fixture: West Elm
  • Dresser: IKEA, knobs from H&M
  • Side tables: Target
  • Sheepskin: a thank-you gift from Kelsey’s client Phylis de M
  • Laundry basket: HomeGoods
  • Macrame plant hanger: made by Kelsey
  • Plant and pot: Downtown Flower Market
  • Fan: an Indiana antique mall
  • Dreamcatcher: Native Spirit Lodge
  • Print above bed: Cooper Rogers printed by What Editions
(Image credit: Photo by Tyler Parker)


  • Light fixture: IKEA
  • Curtains: IKEA, hand-dyed by Kelsey
  • Table: IKEA
  • Bookshelf: IKEA
  • Rug: Rose Bowl Flea Market
  • Surfboard: a birthday gift to Harrison from us by Ryan Sakal
  • Surfboard wall racks: Amazon.com
  • Side table: Restoration Hardware
  • Stool: HomeGoods
  • Sheepskin: Costco
  • Plant: IKEA
  • All art: Rose Bowl Flea Market
(Image credit: Photo by Tyler Parker)


  • Rug: Costco
  • Crib: IKEA
  • Crib bedding: Restoration Hardware Baby
  • Rocker: Amazon.com
  • Side table: IKEA
  • Light fixture: Home Depot
  • Prints: Lila X Lola on Etsy
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • Worktables: IKEA
  • Rolling waste bin: Rolling Greens
  • Hanging lights: IKEA
  • Jute rug: IKEA
  • Shelving: made from materials from Home Depot
  • Wine: Scribe Winery
  • Chair: Amazon.com
  • Paper and roll: ULINE
  • What Good Shall I Do This Day sign: Best Made NYC
(Image credit: Photo by Tyler Parker)


  • Desk: IKEA kitchen
  • Chair: Lexington Modern
  • Shelving: IKEA
  • Plant stand: vintage find
  • Books: Man Ray, Monocle Journals, Melanie Pullen, Michael Miller
  • Cameras: vintage family-owned Fuji x100, Mamiya, and Exacta
  • Letter A: Alameda Flea Market
  • Tall shelf unit: IKEA
  • Potted plants: Flower Market Downtown LA
  • Dollar print: Banksy
  • Sketch print: vintage find
  • Car print: Alex Prager
  • Woman in black photo: Hana Knizova
(Image credit: Photo by Tyler Parker)


  • Vintage mirror: Rose Bowl
  • Rug: HomeGoods
(Image credit: Photo by Tyler Parker)


  • Tub: Big Daddy Antiques
  • Fire pit: custom
  • Lanterns: IKEA
  • Pots: vintage
  • Gas lanterns: Rose Bowl Vintage
  • White pot: Target
  • Pulleys: vintage find
  • Picnic bench: Home Depot
  • Bench topper: homemade
  • Bench padding: custom
  • Candle: Home Depot
  • Lounge chairs: IKEA
  • Pillows: custom-made by Kelsey
  • Umbrella: IKEA
  • Hanging lights: Costco
  • Swing: Amazon.com
  • Glass vases: HomeGoods

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Thanks, Tyler & Kelsey! And special thanks to Tyler Parker for the photos!