Tim Campbell's Custom California Home

Tim Campbell's Custom California Home

Sarah Coffey
Jul 1, 2011

Name: Tim Campbell
Location: Silverlake — Los Angeles, California
Type: Tim designed and built the two-story, single-family home.
Years lived in: 10 — owned

Designer Tim Campbell believes in collaborating closely with his clients to bring out a home's "character, born from its history and the people who have passed through it." In Tim's own home, you can read his personal story. An eclectic contemporary art collection mixes with a Masai sword acquired directly from a warrior on the Serengeti in Tanzania and a few vintage art objects from an Amsterdam junk shop.

In 2001, Tim designed and built his home from the ground up. Over time, he's filled it with an impressive collection of furniture, textiles, and art from a wide range of eras. A puppy by Jeff Koons guards the library, while a Bill Jacobsen photograph hangs over the bed. Antique Turkish and Moroccan rugs are a warm, weathered counterpoint to Bertoia chairs and a minimal wood bed frame by German design house e15. You'll even find some Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel in the mix — as Tim says, the best designers are "fearless and irreverent in every moment," whether that means throwing a Tibetan goat skin across the bed or putting side tables from a catalog next to carved stools from Cameroon.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: All things beautiful with an urban ethnic overlay.

Inspiration: My husband, my dog, nature, art, fashion, music, Andrée Putnam and Tadao Ando. (Not necessarily in that order. And it depends on the day.)

Favorite Element: Light.

Biggest Challenge: Finding the perfect in the imperfect.

What Friends Say: Hopefully that I inspire them.

Biggest Embarrassment: N/A

Proudest DIY: I built the deck in my backyard myself start to finish. It was a solid weekend's work but I still love it.

Biggest Indulgence: Thom Brown made-to-measure jackets. Art collecting.

Best Advice: Be fearless and irreverent in every moment.

Resources of Note:




    • Dining Table: Shelter Los Angeles (no longer in business)
    • Dining Chairs: Tolix Chairs from Paris — I bought them off the street at a shop in the Marais.
    • Art Across from Dining Table: Travis Somerville, Sunday after Church, 2007, mixed media on canvas
    • Artifact on Wall: Masai sword, purchased from a Masai Warrior on the Serengeti in Tanzania
    • Tray: Berbere Custom Imports Los Angeles
    • Candlesticks: Dutch, purchased at a junk shop in Amsterdam
    • Vase: Crate and Barrel
    • Item on Tray: African salt and pepper terrines and candle by D.L. & Co, Barneys New York


    • Horns: From a market in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania






Thanks, Tim!

Images: Karyn Millet

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