Kristin & Derek’s Musical Laurel Canyon Lodge

published May 29, 2015
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Name: Kristin, Derek, and their children, Jackson and Luella
Location: Hollywood Hills; Los Angeles, CA
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years; Owned

Nestled amidst the storied hills of Laurel Canyon, Kristin and Derek’s rustic home is every bit as charming as you can imagine. Laurel Canyon is famous for its past musical residents,- Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, David Crosby, Graham Nash, the list goes on and on. Derek, a musician and a DJ, has played with numerous bands over the years including Girls and The Entrance Band. Kristin, an interior designer, lends her keen design skills to enriching their home visually. Before Derek moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, previous musical tenant friends lived in his Laurel Canyon home. Derek and Kristin have kept the Canyon music flame burning on, filling their home with musical instruments and assorted sonic ephemera.

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Jackson and his daddy. (Image credit: Bridget Pizzo)
(Image credit: Bridget Pizzo)

Situated on a quiet hillside with a view overlooking the canyon, a tree filled backyard, and wildlife galore, it’s easy to forget how close you are to the Hollywood hustle and bustle. Built in 1946, the secluded log cabin home includes three bedrooms, two baths, a loft, a sunroom, and a detached music shed in the yard. The breathtaking chandelier hanging in the high-ceiling main room is original to the home. Kristin and Derek have lovingly restored the property and have done most of work themselves. Derek rebuilt the front deck and the shelving wall housing their records and books in the main room himself. In recent years, the main design focus has been on childproofing the space for their two children, son Jackson and baby daughter Luella.

Derek and Kristin rent out their home for film and photo shoots. Contact them at to inquire. To contact Kristin regarding her interior design work, her website is Derek can be found on twitter and on soundcloud.

(Image credit: Bridget Pizzo)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Whatever feels good.

Inspiration: California, craftsmanship, texture

Favorite Element: Wood, surrounding nature

Biggest Challenge: Finding the balance to keep things toddler/baby friendly

What Friends Say: Treehouse in the city!!

Biggest Embarrassment: Tile job gone awry in our bathroom

Proudest DIY: Stained-glass windows

Biggest Indulgence: Custom built record-shelving with library ladder

Best Advice: Stay away from trends and invest in quality

Dream Sources: The untapped estate sale is always the dream source

(Image credit: Bridget Pizzo)

Resources of Note:


  • Benjamin Moore “Navajo White” throughout
  • Benajmin Moore “Bermuda Blue” (kitchen door and shutters)

  • Mid-century sofas – craigslist/Chicago
  • Florence Knoll end table – salvaged from a project
  • Peruvian rug – estate sale/Laurel Canyon
  • Stool/Side Table by Los Angeles designer Carlos Morera
  • Print by Los Angeles artist Becca Mann
  • Mid-century lamp – thrift store/Chicago
  • Sofa textile – vintage African embroidered denim/private sale LA
  • Chandelier – original to home (1946)

  • Thonet dining chairs – Hernandez Furniture/Craigslist/LA
  • Mid-century teak dining table by Lane, Hernandez Furniture/LA
  • Kilim rug – consignment shop/Florida
  • Mid-century credenza – Design Utopia/LA
  • Piano – original to the house
  • Africa mat – Rose Bowl/Pasadena, CA
  • Mexican Wall Hanging Tapestry – thrift store/LA
  • Geometric painting – thrift store/Oceanside, CA
  • Abstract print – estate sale/ LA
  • Wicker chair – thrift store,/Oceanside, CA

  • Schoolhouse electric cabinet hardware
  • Heath Ceramics, Vintage Dansk
  • Lots and lots of thrifted wood bowls & stoneware
  • Chopping block by Jose Regueiro purchased at Heath
  • Afghani throw rug / Rose Bowl Pasadena

  • Teak bookshelf – Hernandez Furniture/ LA
  • Kilim throw rug – PCC Flea Market / Pasadena
  • Heathered wool throw rug – West Elm
  • Textile at window – Victorian lace from PCC Flea Market
  • Vintage Godard poster – thrift store / LA

  • Platform Bed – Ikea
  • Bed Quilt – Handmade by great-grandmother
  • Nightstands – Salvaged and repainted with new hardware from Liz’s Antique Hardware
  • George Nelson hanging lamp – Rose Bowl / Pasadena
  • Crib – Ikea / stained ourselves
  • Vintage cabinet & bookshelf – estate sales / LA
  • Antique rug – estate sale/ LA
  • Elephant print – Bread & Puppet /Vermont
  • Vintage Capricorn print – gift
  • Vintage Peruvian owl tapestry – PCC Flea Market Pasadena
  • Woven driftwood sculpture – made by Kristin with antique Mexican textile

  • Jukebox – craigslist Chicago
  • Mid Century desk – belonged to grandparent
  • Steen Ostergaard red cantilevered chairs – ebay
  • Desk Accessories – Nickey Kehoe
  • Vintage brass pharmacy lamp – consignment shop Pasadena
  • White parsons table by Lane – thrift store Oceanside/CA
  • Thonet style rocking chair – thrift store / LA
  • 1940’s throw rug – Hidden Treasures / Topanga Canyon
  • Macrame and other plant hangers / estate sales LA

  • Bedframe and dresser (set) purchased at Laurel Canyon estate sale
  • Bed cover – Nickey Kehoe/ LA
  • Afghani rug – PCC Flea Market Pasadena
  • Wood stump end tables – Craigslist/LA
  • Bedside lamps – thrift stores / Chicago
  • Ornate gold mirror & antique school desk – thrift store / Michigan
  • Folding wicker screen – PCC Flea Market / Pasadena
  • Original collage – by Guy Blakeslee
  • (Image credit: Bridget Pizzo)

    Thanks, Kristin and Derek!

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