Taylor & John's Peaceful Echo Park Perch

Taylor & John's Peaceful Echo Park Perch

Alison Gilbert
Jun 7, 2012

Name: Taylor Jacobson, John Knuth and turtle Earl
Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, Calfiornia
Size: Approximately 750 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; Rented

Taylor and John's little apartment in the Angelino Heights part of Echo Park is a living testament that you don't have to have a lot of square footage (or be a minimalist) to live comfortably.

Taylor's bohemian modern style is evident in every nook and cranny ‐ her collection of mid-century lamps, her thoughtfully placed sleek ceramic vases, and her penchant for brightly colored accessories. They have really made use of the space in the apartment without making it look overcrowded ‐ this is evident right when you walk through the door and are met with an adorably creative office nook.

Taylor and John's curated look is not an accident. Taylor spent 6.5 years working for an interior designer and has recently broken out and started her own design business www.taylorjacobsondesign.com. Her husband John is the Assistant Director at the Ambach and Rice Gallery in Los Angeles and an artist himself ‐ he created the "Freedom Forever" work that hangs in their bedroom by using emergency smoke flares on large panels out in the desert.

Even though Echo Park Lake is under construction for now, the very best part of Taylor and John's apartment is the expansive living room window looking out above the lake and the surrounding neighborhood. Only one more year until the lake renovation is complete!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: A mix of clean lines, natural materials, bright patterned fabrics and classic design elements.

Inspiration: Countless shelter magazines, travel, browsing in shops that are aspirational (meaning beautiful but currently beyond my means), learning about the history of design, decorative arts and architecture.

Favorite Element: The light that pours in from all the windows in the living room.

Biggest Challenge: The lack of space.

What Friends Say: People say our place has 'good vibes' and that they feel calm and relaxed here.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our apartment looks out over Echo Park lake which is in the middle of a two year renovation process. It's an eyesore and loud and dusty during working hours.

Proudest DIY: the corner shelves in the bedroom - Taylor and John stained the wood and installed them.

Biggest Indulgence: The custom sofa from The Sofa Company.

Best Advice: Take your time, keep your eyes open and you can find treasures in the most unexpected places.

Dream Sources: JF Chen, Nickey Kehoe, Pat McGann, OK, Lawson Fenning, BDDW, 1st Dibs, VandM.com, Raoul textiles.

Resources of Note:


    • Desk - an Echo Park vintage store no longer in existence
    • Metal Desk Chair - garage sale
    • Japanese Lantern - O.K. in LA
    • Shelf and Brackets - IKEA
    • Mirror- Pasadena Community College Flea Market


    • Sofa - The Sofa Company
    • Coffee Table - Sunset Bazaar (vintage store in Echo Park)
    • Danish Rope Chair - Sueno - LA store now out of business
    • Bookcase - Gift
    • Desk - Gift
    • Black wire table lamp - Living Room in Silver Lake
    • Photos of Sofa - Simone Lueck
    • Side Table - Lane; bought at Sunset Bazaar
    • Kilim Rug - Ebay
    • Blue ceramic table lamp - Gift


    • Table - Craigslist
    • Chairs - IKEA
    • Hanging Ceramic Lamp - Found in Idyllwild, CA

• Shelves: Made by Taylor and John
• Wood lamp: Pipandestella.myshopify.com
• Bamboo/glass side table: Rose Bowl flea market
• Ceramic lamp: Craig Olsen on La Brea
• Sofa - Gift; reupholstered in Rogers and Goffigon linen
• Vintage Rug - was Taylor's moms'
• Sheepskin Rugs - Ikea
• Wood Chair - Sueno
• Emergency smoke flare paintings: John Knuth
• Woven ottoman: Sueno
• Bedding (duvet): West Elm

• Stool - Target
•Small painting: Michelle Levy

•Framed drawing in kitchen: Brook Perdigon
•Painting in hall above wood bookcase: Ami Tallman
•Painting to left of bed: Ami Tallman
•Photos to right of bed: Taylor's grandparents on their wedding day

Thanks, Taylor and John!

Images: Alison Gilbert

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