Pom Pom at Home Founder Hilde Leiaghat's Historic LA Home

Pom Pom at Home Founder Hilde Leiaghat's Historic LA Home

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Jessica Isaac
Apr 23, 2018

Name: Hilde Leiaghat
Location: Los Feliz — Los Angeles, California
Size: 2000 square feet
Years Lived In: 23 years, owned

Linen designer Hilde Leiaghat's effortlessly romantic home is full of artifacts and antiques reminiscent of her time spent scouring the local Belgian flea markets as a young girl. Starting out as an interior retail store in Los Angeles in 1991, her linen company Pom Pom at Home offers soft Belgian flax linens that are the quintessential tactile representation of hygge.

While the juxtaposition of soft dreamy linens and ornate antiques is what makes Hilde's home uniquely her style, the bones of this historic Los Feliz house are an integral part of the home's overall feel. Built in 1911 (the first house built on the street), the layout of the structure has not changed since its construction. It's rare to find a home this old that hasn't been gutted or converted to an open concept, which is probably why it feels like the soul of the home has remained perfectly intact for over 100 years. Simple, small, sectioned-off rooms combined with high-quality construction and attention to detail not only make the space feel intimate, but also give it an indescribable character that only time can manufacture.

The cherry on top of this structure's museum-worthy appeal is Hilde's eye for antiques and love of textiles. Adding texture with a variety of soft goods is the designer's favorite way to add style to her home of 23 years. She attributes her style, which she describes as, "a melting pot of European culture […] combined with a cozy-American country feel" to growing up in Belgium. Being in the interior design retail business for nearly 30 years, it seems she has honed a talent for creating beautiful design that doesn't feel staged or sterile, advising, "I don't take design too seriously, and I like to have fun while designing a space."

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I would describe my style as comfortable and elegant at the same time. We used to say our home combined "European elegance and American comfort." I don't take design too seriously, and I like to have fun while designing a space. I like to think of my style as a juxtaposition of modern and classic.

Inspiration: My inspiration comes from growing up in Belgium, which has also been the inspiration for my stores and brand—simple living with influences from England, Holland, Scandinavia and more. In a sense, it's a melting pot of European culture that I have brought with me here and combined with a cozy-American country feel. This created a little more romance and lightness by contrasting European style against our new California backdrop.

Favorite Element: Textures and textiles around the home. Finding the best textures and applying them to different rooms and spaces. That is where my passion for textiles comes from and why I created a business based on textiles. It is so easy when working with textiles to bring in different textures, a quick change that can alter the entire design of a space.

Biggest Challenge: The home was the first house on the street and built in 1911. The structure of the home has not been changed since and the bedrooms have remained as is. So, the hardest challenge was working with a historical home where the master bedroom also happens to be the smallest room in the house!

What Friends Say: I am lucky to have friends that have always loved our style and the look of our homes. Although, I think they dare not say anything else (haha!). This is why we started our business—our friends have always commented on our style and how we had a particular eye for finding unique items when visiting the Belgium flea markets. When we came to California, we remembered our friends' comments about our style and the design of our apartment, so we decided to create a business out of that.

Biggest Embarrassment: I find myself going back to my original love for the more antique, romantic look that I had started my original business off with. It is something that is dear to my heart and although styles constantly change, it will always be something I draw inspiration from.

Proudest DIY: Finding my husband, Reza, who can do everything DIY.

Biggest Indulgence: I have to have fresh flowers in the house. Growing up, we always had them in our home in Belgium and I loved it. Flowers are such an easy way to make your home feel fresh and happy as well as giving it a pop of color.

Best Advice: Do what your heart tells you to do. Create your own home and stick to your gut, as it is often the best way to go. Also, it is always okay to mix and match, if it works for you, do it!

Dream Sources: Belgium designers, like Axel Vervoordt and Dries van Noten.

Resources:

PAINT & COLORS
Behr – Decorator White

OUTDOOR ENTRY
Outdoor Wicker Chairs – Pom Pom Vintage
Morgan Throw – POM POM AT HOME
Door Mat – Nickey Kehoe

LIVING ROOM
Emma Sofa – Moss Studio
Eva Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Iman Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Emma Chairs – Moss Studio
Sheepskin Cushions – Auskin
Coffee Table – Dovetail
Jute Rug – Surya
Wood Planter – Target
Console Table – Dovetail
Table Lamp – Noir
Wood and Stoneware Planter – Target
Lamp – Aidan Gray
Sideboards – Noir
Finials – Pom Pom Vintage
Mantel – Pom Pom Vintage
Art – Hayley Mitchell
Glass Knots – West Elm
Clap Stripe Vase – Target
Clay Vase – Target
Natural Linen Bench — Pom Pom at Home
Galileo Wall Art Indigo – HD Buttercup
Wood Candles – HD Buttercup
Linen Curtains – Pom Pom at Home

SEATING AREA
Bowie Big Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Baya Baskets – Pom Pom at Home
Niko Chaise – HD Buttercup
Montauk Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Side Table – Vintage Pom Pom at Home
Manhattan Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Montauk Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Jute Rug – Surya
Campanya Chair – HD Buttercup
Morgan Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Metal Coffee Table – Pom Pom Vintage
Padron Bench – HD Buttercup

DINING ROOM
Dining Table – Pom Pom Vintage
Dining Chairs - Pom Pom Vintage
Sideboard - Pom Pom Vintage
Mirror - Pom Pom Vintage
Table Lamps Pom Pom Vintage
Chandelier – BOBO
Newport Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Montauk Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Linen Curtains – Pom Pom at Home

KITCHEN
Appliances – Viking
Rug - Pom Pom Vintage
Art – Zoe Bios Creative
Pendant Light — Rejuvenation
Art – Barbara Cosgrove

MASTER BEDROOM
Montauk Big Pillows – Pom Pom at Home
Louwie Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Grace Pillowcases – Pom Pom at Home
Poppy Body Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Blair Duvet – Pom Pom at Home
Trestles Throw – Pom Pom at Home
White Bench – Pom Pom at Home
Morgan Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Montauk Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Cane Side Tables – Bliss Home
Linen Curtains – Pom Pom at Home
Art – Carol Benson-Cobb

GUEST BEDROOM 1
Jackson Duvet – Pom Pom at Home
Oslo Coverlet – Pom Pom at Home
Layla Pillowcases – Pom Pom at Home
Venice Big Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Montauk Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Portrack Side Table – Aidan Gray
Halsey Baskets – Pom Pom at Home
Monte Rug – Pom Pom at Home
Linen Curtains – Pom Pom at Home

GUEST BEDROOM 2
Huntington Coverlet – Pom Pom at Home
Zoe Duvet Set – Pom Pom at Home
Dash Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Vintage Crochet Pillowcases – Pom Pom at Home
Tula Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Poppy Blanket – Pom Pom at Home
Finn Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Hiba Wall Hanging – Pom Pom at Home
Skala Side Tables — HD Buttercup
Linen Curtains – Pom Pom at Home

TV ROOM
Venice Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Laguna Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Antwerp Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Huntington Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Finn Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Baya Basket – Pom Pom at Home
White Table – IKEA

HALLWAY
Wooden Bench – Pom Pom Vintage
Serena Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Trestles Throw – Pom Pom at Home Pom Pom at Home

BATHROOM
Sinks – Kohler
Mirror – Pom Pom Vintage
Chair – Pom Pom Vintage

OUTDOOR PATIO
Chest – Pom Pom Vintage
Mirror – Bliss Home
Lamp – Aidan Gray
Wicker Chairs – Pom Pom Vintage
Crown Side table – Dovetail
Neela Big Pillow — Pom Pom at Home
Indigo Stripes Pillow — Pom Pom at Home
Daybed – Pom Pom Vintage
Hampton Coverlet — Pom Pom at Home
Love and Peace Pillows – Pom Pom at Home
Indigo Dots Pillows – Pom Pom at Home
Finn Throw – Pom Pom at Home
Patio Dining Chairs – HD Buttercup
Long Outdoor Dining Table – Big Daddy's Antiques
Iman Pillow – Pom Pom at Home
Red Pillow – Shupaca

Thanks, Hilde!


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