Open House: A punk-inspired LA home

From the pages of Livingetc, take a look inside this amazing home. The owner may live in LA but her heart remains firmly back in London – inspired by the UK’s punk style, anarchic sensibility and anything-goes aesthetic.

Speaking of the iconic bubble chair, which takes pride of place in the living room, the owner says, ‘It’s actually a difficult chair to place as it’s so deep. This was the only spot where I could hang it without interrupting the flow of the room.’

She has designed the space without a TV to encourage friends and family to hang out here.

‘I love the decadent dining room even though we don’t sit and eat together as much as I’d like, mainly because I don’t like to cook,” the owner grins. ‘But this table has seen some great dinners with really fun people – so much so the wooden top was beginning to look very tired so I decided to paint it in the colours to match the Jamie Reid print in the living room. I figured if I messed it up, it wouldn’t look any worse than it already did.’

‘I needed an office more than a patio,’ says the owner of this space’s transformation. ‘Raising the ceilings made it seem bigger – it’s more than a foot higher than the rest of the house now.’ The circular entrance to the room is an eye-catching feature that adds to the home’s architectural edge.

‘As it’s where everyone tends to hang out, I wanted the kitchen to be a fun place to be,’ says the owner. ‘I added a window seat so it was comfortable and social. The soft pink of the cabinetry was more of a challenge. ‘Not sure how I decided on pink, I didn’t want anything too girlie, so I can’t tell you how many paint samples we went through before choosing this one. It’s not for everyone, but I love it.’

‘My friend gave me the bed head – it was plain white, so what did I do? I put a Union Jack on it, it’s the only thing I’m expert at painting!’ says the owner with a laugh. She also made the shelves herself from old leftover floorboards, using plumbing pipes for brackets. ‘It’s the thing I get complimented on the most.’

The bathroom was difficult to design because it was small but the owner managed to squeeze in a double sink and this dreamy bathtub. ‘It’s the most comfortable bath I’ve ever been in – pure heaven!’

‘I spend most of my time in this bedroom – I adore this space,’ says the owner. My bed is super comfy and I love that I can look out onto the garden,’ she says. She gave it a cosier feel by painting one wall charcoal. ‘I thought it would make the room feel smaller but it did just the opposite,’ she says.

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