Home Tour: A Youthful, Whimsical L.A. Home
When one of our new favorite Los Angeles interior designers, Taylor Jacobson, told us she’d just completed a project for a “fun-loving, vibrant couple,” we had a sneaking suspicion the results would be beautiful, but as it turns out, the interiors she created for her clients are much more whimsical than we could have ever imagined. The designer’s clients are a young creative couple—he works in film, and she’s a writer—and Jacobson wanted the home to reflect their spirited mind-set.
Located in Los Angeles’s Franklin Hills neighborhood, the three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home, a 1937 Georgian Revival–style house, has classical architecture. “They really wanted to enliven the traditional bones of the house with color, pattern, and whimsy,” Jacobson tells us. “The goal was to bring in a youthful edge through the furnishings and décor.”
To do so, Jacobson sought to “create a mix of old and new that feels appropriate for the house itself yet reflects the vitality of the clients,” she says. “Because my goal was to create an environment that reflected them, it was freeing to push my own boundaries and select décor that spoke to their fun-loving nature.”
Because her clients had been living abroad before relocating to Los Angeles after an extended period away, “we were basically starting from scratch and needed to furnish the entire space,” she says. In some ways, this is a designer’s dream—not having to make old furniture work—but of course it also means there’s a much bigger shopping list to check off.
Throughout the interiors, Jacobson instilled a current of blue, be it a dark denim rug, soft-blue kitchen cabinets, or richly painted built-in bookcases. “I am always attracted to the color blue and relied on it here to draw a common thread through the home,” she explains.
Another common thread is patterned wallpaper! Jacobson used Nathalie Lété’s adorable deer-print Fôret Noire Wallpaper in the dining room, an Osborne & Little wallpaper of classic Penguin books in a powder room, and Schumacher’s feminine Birds and Butterflies Wallpaper in one bathroom. “Wallpaper has a huge impact on the mood of room,” she says. “Oftentimes it can set the tone for the rest of the space.” Therefore, she recommends choosing a paper you’re prepared to live with long-term—it’s also notoriously difficult to remove.
Jacobson’s greatest find for the home, she says, was Jason Koharik’s Nautilus Star ceiling light fixture, which she used in the living room. “It’s the centerpiece of the space and elegantly marries beauty with whimsy.”
Whimsy is all around in this home. We can only imagine how lovely its owners must be.
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