House Tour: Tyke and Jon's Topanga Canyon Casa

House Tour: Tyke and Jon's Topanga Canyon Casa

Jul 20, 2006

Name: Tyke and Jon
Location: Topanga Canyon, CA
Size: 1200 sq. ft. (including back house)

Tyke and Jon have a fantastic home in Topanga Canyon, which also has an interesting history.... Read more details after the jump.

Years lived in: 2 years

Inspiration: Histories, happy accidents, and things we see in magazines, books, museums, travelling, and almost everywhere else.

Our Style: A hodgepodge of old and new, and respect for the quirkiness and difficulty of the house itself.

Do you have an idea for a house tour? Let me know! jonathan at apartmenttherapy dot com

Favorite Room: The living room, because of the big 1950s window.
Most talked about element: The house's history; it was the rehearsal studio for The Doors and—reputedly—The Eagles.
Most embarassing element: The washer and dryer outside by the front door (but at least you can's see it from the street!)
Proudest DIY: The tear-down of a low ceiling covering 2/3 of the living/dining room. Now we can see the beautiful pine ceiling.
Dream source or item: Anything from Arp (3rd Street), especially by Ted Muehling.
Reality source: Antique stores out in the desert, especially the ones along Highway 62 in Yucca Valley.
Best advice: No budget is too small. We began acquiring the things we love in this house when we were finishing graduate school and renting an apartment, and we are still on a specific budget. Certain jobs need professionals, but we do whatever we can ourselves.
Found treasure: We bought our Eames recliner and ottoman for $120 from a woman in Ojai who said she'd heard it was by "some designer named Reames, but you just can't believe what you hear."
Had forever: Tyke has had the Heywood Wakefield bureau (in living room) and nightstands (in bedroom) since about 1990. They are so sturdy and well-made, why ever get rid of them?
Just got: Fresh flowers, as always.
Any additional plans?: Always! Little by little!

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