Actress Riki Lindhome’s LA Loft Has Style, Stripes, and a Swing!
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Name: Riki Lindhome
Size: 1800 square feet
Years Lived In: 5 years, owned
Actress, musician, and comedian Riki Lindhome’s bright and airy loft is the ultimate creative haven. Perched above the bustling Hollywood streets, this surprisingly quiet condo feels like the perfect safe space to let ideas flow. Whether she’s gliding in her swing while her songwriting partner Kate Micucci accompanies her on piano, or relaxing in her speakeasy-esque massage chair room after a long day, Riki has endless opportunities for creative inspiration to strike right inside her home.
It’s obviously a space that works for her and her creative process. Riki is one half of the comedy/folk music duo Garfunkel & Oates (with Kate Micucci). She’s the co-creator of “Another Period” on Comedy Central. And you’ve probably seen her on shows like “Gilmore Girls,” “House,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and more. She can also be seen in the new movie “Knives Out” (which is in theaters this Thanksgiving) and the Fox animated show “Duncanville” with Amy Poehler and Ty Burrel, which premieres in February. Along with all of her theatrical and musical endeavors, she’s also a design enthusiast, and just finished decorating her condo. It’s fun, colorful, and has a lot of quirky elements, such as a soundproof massage chair room, an indoor swing, a forest bathroom, and a mannequin that holds purses and keys,” describes Riki.
Visitors enter her loft through a pastel-coated entryway, which feels like a dreamy portal into her creative mind. Beyond the entry, into her bedroom, bold black and white stripes add an air of sophistication. Color, texture, and spacial planning feel intentional, right down to her self-made walk-in closet (which she built with the help of her mom who, luckily, happens to be very handy architecturally). A lot of her home’s aesthetic appeal is due to this personal customization and mix of high/low design. She’s not afraid to splurge where it counts and has no problem pairing high-end and low-end pieces. She loves to find the perfect affordable furniture items and refinish or reupholster them to give an elevated custom feel.
Having a ton of jobs to juggle (actress, writer, songwriter, and voice talent to name a few), Riki has somehow managed to make her home a priority, slowly building its design to a place where she can feel at ease and inspired to create her best work.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Modern and quirky. A space designed to be creative in.
Inspiration: New York City artist lofts, Dwell Magazine, Domino Mag and the apartment from “Big.”
Favorite Element: My soundproof massage chair closet. I always wanted a massage chair but it’s such an eyesore. So when I was building the closet, I built a special section that was just for the chair and then soundproofed it so I could do voice over in there as well.
Biggest Challenge: I wanted to put a swing in my condo and it was much harder to install than I thought it would be. There was a lot of safety code stuff so I had to hire people to build wood reinforcements in the ceiling. We also had to get the kind of rope they use to tie a boat to a dock.
Proudest DIY: I love the half pink wall with the half pink painting. It was fun picking out the perfect piece and then painting right over it. My friend Kate Micucci and I did that on the same day we did the drip painting on those busts.
Biggest Indulgence: Building the walk-in closet with the massage chair in the back. I had California Closets do the design for the clothing part.
Best Advice: Spend a lot of time making a look book or Pinterest page. Once you’ve collected a bunch of pictures, you can look through and see if there are any common elements or any rooms that stand out to you in particular. Then, you can design each room as a whole before you start looking for the actual pieces you are going to buy.
What’s your best home secret? It’s Marie Kondo style. But instead of, “If it doesn’t bring you joy, throw it out,” it’s “If it doesn’t bring you joy, immediately start looking for its replacement. And have fun getting to pick out something new.” Also, I love shopping on Etsy: I got the swing, my nightstands, my striped curtains, the mannequin, the theater chairs, and a lot of my artwork on Etsy.
- The theater chairs and mannequin are from Etsy.
- The chairs are Lulu and Georgia
- The wallpaper is Spoonflower
- The rug and “broken” chair are from TRNK
- The chandelier is Schoolhouse Electric
- The small table is from Hive
- The couch was super cheap and I had it reupholstered. Same thing with the stool
- The bust is from Walmart
- Artwork on the piano is from Josh Young Design House
- Gray rug is from Blu Dot
- Swing is from Etsy
- “Lindhome” sign is from the side of the hearse my grandfather used to drive
- Chairs are Design Within Reach
- Chandelier is TRNK
- Table is Scandinavian Designs
- Painting is Jolina Anthony on Etsy
- The stools are Miura barstools
- Bed is Room and Board
- Nightstands are Mo Woodwork on Etsy
- Black and white art is also from Etsy
- In guest bathroom: Cole and Sons Wallpaper, painting from Lulu and Georgia.
- In my bathroom: The painting is by Kate Micucci.
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