Vasanti’s Creative and Cozy Silverlake Home

updated Feb 20, 2019
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Name: Vasanti Lackner and her dog, Tango
Location: Silverlake; Los Angeles, California
Size: 650 square feet + 256-square-foot detached art studio
Years Lived In: 5 years; Owned

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You’re either an artist or a musician if you’re a Lackner, and Vasanti and her mother, Diana, are both fine artists. Diana is also something of a house design whisperer who’s been pouring her creative energy and talent into houses for the last 15 years, including their family home in the storied bohemian enclave of Santa Barbara, which Vasanti refers to as her mom’s “masterpiece.” It’s no surprise, then, that when the mother-daughter duo teamed up to transform Vasanti’s home, the result is an inspired live/work space replete with artistic details and design touches that reflect the vision of a creative force at work.

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The two converted the once-unremarkable house into a duplex and set about transforming the design and layout of the two units into cozy, cohesive, beautiful spaces where thoughtful design details are interwoven with function, resulting in a feel that is nothing less than artful.

Vasanti manages the front as a rental unit and set up house in the two bedroom/one bathroom rear unit, which features a private patio and an art studio where she paints.

Intricate doors, designed and hand-painted by Vasanti herself, hang from a corrugated metal fence marking the entry to her patio and home. A rustic, modern vibe continues from outside to in, where the style is both eclectic and harmonious at once.

Updated yet infused with warmth, the Spanish undertones, arched doorways, and colorful encaustic tile work set a stylish backdrop over which Vasanti has layered her art and textiles from her travels in India and Barcelona. In the small but efficient kitchen, the countertop-to-ceiling Jeff Shelton Passion Flower tiles steal the show. The sleek and simple design of the IKEA kitchen cabinets and wood countertops, unified in tone and material, add quiet warmth that supports the tile work beautifully, allowing it to pop. Open shelves display Vasanti’s dreamy, bohemian-esque pottery collection.

The eclecticism continues in her furnishings as well, where a mix of Danish mid-century modern pieces — some inherited from her grandparents collection and some finds of her own — are paired with other distinctive choices such as the woven rattan sofa and chair in the living room and an antique carved wood headboard in her bedroom. The colorful textiles, warm wood, and natural fibers keep the vibe cozy and rich.

In talking with Vasanti about her house, it’s evident that from design to décor, everything here resonates with her. She’s clearly succeeded in manifesting her vision of a living space that is perfectly suited to her — one that reflects the people, places, and art that inspire her and make her feel at home.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic

Inspiration: Hindu and Indian art and culture, travels and family. I double-majored in Fine Art and Hindu Studies. My studies and travels to India and Barcelona, taking in Gaudí architecture there, all of that has influenced my style. Also my grandparents were art collectors, and I’ve inherited a lot of their mid-century modern furniture, which I love. Their home was furnished with modern (for their time) pieces that they mixed with color and art in a way that created warmth, and made for a great feel.

Favorite Element: The size feels cozy and just right… and the view from the bedroom into the living room. After such a long remodel, I love seeing how the place has transformed

Biggest Challenge: The small space means having to simplify and continuously pare down.

What Friends Say: “It’s a perfect expression of you!”

Biggest Embarrassment: It’s not always as tidy as I’d like it to be…not being “guest-ready” when folks pop in.

Proudest DIY: The front gates and the doors that I designed and hand-painted.

Biggest Indulgence: The Passion Flower tile…splurging on enough tile to really make it complete.

Best Advice: Over-thinking leads to inhibition…trust the snap decision; you can always spackle later if you have to.

Dream Sources: Lawson-Fenning, Danish Modern L.A., the markets of India and Mexico


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  • Traditional Vietnamese coat wall hanging: gift from cousin living there
  • Curtains: fabric from India, crafted by her mother
  • Couch: Santa Barbara Consignment
  • Desk: Danish Modern L.A.
  • Rug: Pottery Barn
  • Artwork oil on canvas: by Vasanti Lackner
  • Rocking chair: grandparents’ collection
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  • Paint color: Benjamin Moore Liberty Park
  • Cement tiles: designed by Jeff Shelton
  • Countertops and cabinets: IKEA
  • Dining table: from her grandmother
  • Antique wall-mounted china Cabinet : eBay
  • Goblets, bowls, and assorted pottery: Linda Godlis
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  • Wood carved headboard and bed frame: long-term loan from family friend
  • Curtains: Anthropologie
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  • Hanging planters: CB2

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Thanks, Vasanti!