My house is a work in progress.
Nothing is finished. It’s been more than a year and we’re still working on about EVERYTHING. Everything, but my studio. My studio is where I am writing you from right now, and it’s finished. It is my favorite place in the whole house, that place where I can close the door and just be me.
Making this room a happy one was easy. I knew what I wanted (isn’t the secret of everything “I Knew What I Wanted”?) I wanted a place where I could work, dream, have tea with friends, meditate, take photos. A place that wouldn’t look or feel like an office, but that would still be functional.
I started by importing my favorite table from New York. If you’ve followed me for a little while, you’ve seen it in many photos, and I might have had sex on it once or twice (I mostly work on it though). It’s a white, wood table from West Elm that feels warm and sensual (I have a hard time working on glass tables) but also light in shape and bright in color.
The rest was opened to my imagination. It felt so natural to collaborate with West Elm on that room. I already own so many things from the brand. I also love their collaborations (the Eric Trine outside furniture is going to be a collector. I am sure of that!) and their collections are to die for.
I immediately fell for the Boomerang Sofa and decided it would be the main accent of the room. From there, figuring out how to work around it was easy. Bring some life with a giant plant, add something fuzzy for comfort. And the idea of the rug came from Jon Wheat, who worked with me on decorating and is part of the (free!) West Elm Design Crew from the West Elm Los Angeles store.
I had chosen something more modern to start with, but he was right. You can’t have everything be new and sleek, or else you look like a Starbucks Reserve. It’s important to break it up. So, we brought in a handwoven traditional Moroccan rug.
For functionality, we picked two of the same media consoles, which are discreet and light but where I can hide all my mess inside – and show all the pretty stuff outside.
I’ve never liked a desk that’s directed at the wall, I love looking out the window, or being able to have a conversation with whoever has decided to come work on my sofa.
Oh, oh, oh, I was about to forget. DON’T JUDGE. I had never thought I would put MY art against the wall. But then Erin, who has the coolest job of “making stuff” for the West Elm store (she can make absolutely anything) decided to take some of my drawings and transform them into wall art.
I decided I couldn’t refuse.
Her and Jon where like wait it’s your STUDIO, of course you need to put up your work. I thought about it for a second, then I agreed and the three of us we left, holding hands, in the sunset.
Now, the rest of my house is still a MESS, but don’t I look like an achieved and proud woman in these photos? I cant wait to tell you more about the renovation of the whole house, cause yeah, I did buy a new house, but I want to change everything in it, because unlike every other facet of my life, I Know What I Want.
Alright, come visit soon!