Elizabeth and Jeremy’s Urban Jungle Townhome

published Nov 16, 2015
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Name: Elizabeth and Jeremy, their dog, Wally, and their cats, Milo and Patrick
Location: West Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; Rented

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If you wake up on an overcast Sunday morning in Los Angeles and are wondering where you can score a fresh slice of homemade pizza and a carefully crafted cappuccino, then please allow me to direct you to the home of Elizabeth Berger and Jeremy Roth. When I arrived at their West L.A. townhouse, they were still basking in the glow of a Mets playoff win the night before (Elizabeth is from Queens), and I wasn’t about to turn down the celebratory refreshments that they offered up.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)

Jeremy and Elizabeth—both television/movie screenwriters—have made their mark on this rental property, filling it with signs of their interest in art, theater, gardening, cooking, film, TV, and music. Their two striking Bengal cats seem right at home among the ample plant life that gives this townhouse its jungle-y vibe, while Wally the dog can be found lounging on the living room sofa or hanging out in his spot at the foot of Jeremy and Elizabeth’s bed.

A recent minor remodel (more on that here!) has brightened up the kitchen and dining room, and upgraded appliances and a much-needed ventilation hood have been game-changers for these two. Jeremy assumes the role of head chef in the house, while Elizabeth doubles as sous chef and lead taste-tester. From Rosh Hashanah dinner for ten on their rooftop to gnocchi and dumplings made from scratch, an average evening at Elizabeth and Jeremy’s features home cooking with a degree of quality and ambition that most would be proud to achieve even once a year. Real words out of their mouths: “We’re big into pretzel-crusted schnitzels.”

And did I mention the pizza? There’s always pizza. For the full effect, just try to imagine the smell of it as you peruse the photos of this cozy home.

(Image credit: Jeremy Roth)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Industrial jungle rustic.

Inspiration: Flea markets, cozy cafes, Jeremy’s family’s provençal farm, Elizabeth’s childhood home in Queens.

Favorite Element:

Jeremy: The painted Indian door coffee table in the living room.

Elizabeth: The upright wooden bookcase in the living room.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping the cats from destroying the furniture.

What Friends Say: “Oh wow! Love the mix of colors, textures and fabrics!” Actually, that’s our fantasy. What they really say is, “Cool place, are your cats always this loud?”

Biggest Embarrassment: Our three humidifiers, which are usually on display but were hidden for this shoot.

Proudest DIY: Exposed ventilation ducting for hood in kitchen.

Biggest Indulgence: Our Breville Barista Express espresso maker.

Best Advice: Cool is good, but warmth and coziness is even more important. And if you live with someone, always consult on bigger purchases but still try and sneak a few things in on your own.

Dream Sources: Melrose Trading Post and Rose Bowl Flea Market, Craigslist. Nothing feels more satisfying than finding something we love that has character and history.


(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)


  • Master bedroom, wall leading from underneath stairs into dining room/kitchen: Benjamin Moore – Somerset Peach
  • Guest room: Benjamin Moore – Marina Grey
  • Rest of the home: Glidden – Pacific Mist White
(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)


  • Rug: from the Universal Studios prop department, inherited from Jeremy’s former roommate who works in props
  • Grey sofa: CB2
  • Throw on grey sofa: CB2
  • Pillows on grey sofa: CB2
  • Espresso sectional: Craigslist
  • Hand-painted Indian door coffee table from the 1940s: Craigslist
  • Vintage steamer trunk: Craigslist
  • Table lamp on trunk: Anthropologie
  • Blue factory cart: Melrose Trading Post
  • Turntable: Technics 1200
  • The turntable’s table: Urban Home
  • Wooden book cart: Melrose Trading Post
  • Tall wooden table at base of stairs: Melrose Trading Post
  • Ukuleles: cigar box ukulele by artist Roger Sadauskas; other one by Kala
  • Upright bookcase: Rose Bowl Flea Market
(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)


  • Reclaimed wood dining table: Urban Home
  • Dining chairs: Urban Home
  • Copper corner table: La Fuente, Mexico
  • Art by corner table: vintage promotional material for the 1923 Carl Laemmle film The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Industrial upright cart: Urban Outfitters
  • Diptych above shelf: by Jeremy’s friend Mike Z Wong
  • Brass dining room pendant: Lamps Plus
  • Table runner: Anthropologie
  • Spittoon: from a now-closed antique shop in Silver Lake
  • Bar stools: Urban Home
(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)


  • Jadeite pendant lights over bar: Barn Light Electric
  • Spice rack: Melrose Trading Post
  • Goofy animation cell: Rose Bowl Flea Market
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show animation cell: Melrose Trading Post
  • The Simpsons animation cell: gallery in Australia, via Comic Mint
  • Espresso machine: Breville Barista Express
  • Ingham Marsala poster: Craigslist
  • Range hood: The Range Hood Store
  • Teapot: Target
  • Orange cake stand: Anthropologie
(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)


  • Nightstands: Urban Home
  • Lamps: Cost Plus World Market
  • Desk: Urban Home
  • Desk Chair: A gift from Jeremy’s former boss, writer David Milch
  • Art over bed: The Hallucinogenic Toreador (signed lithograph from 1969) by Salvador Dali
  • Art to right of bed: In The Land of Retinal Delights (signed) by Shepard Fairey
  • Planter: Hashimoto Nursery
  • Bedding: Anthropologie
(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)


  • Orange parlor chair: CB2
  • Espresso leather love seat: Craigslist
  • Rustic coffee table: Urban Home
  • Metal bed: Mendocino by Pottery Barn
  • Bedspread: Anthropologie
  • Wooden desk: Urban Home
  • Green leather desk chair: Etsy
  • Art over sofa: vintage metal Manhattan triptych from Etsy
  • Floor lamp: Cost Plus World Market
  • Furry throw: Restoration Hardware
  • Ottoman/pouf: Etsy
  • Pendant light: CB2
(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)


  • Art: Hunters (signed lithograph) by Kozyndan
(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)


  • Bistro table: Orchard Supply Hardware
  • Chairs: Craigslist
  • Clay chimney: Home Depot
  • Table with small potted plants: Melrose Trading Post
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Floor plan for Elizabeth and Jeremy’s townhouse (Image credit: Jeremy Roth)

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