Liz Roth. TRADE:
Interior designer and founder of Elizabeth Roth Home
Midcentury eclectic with modern art accents. ABODE:
A second story apartment in Hancock Park, Los Angeles.
When you climb the stairs to Liz Roth
's second-story apartment in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, you're immediately aware someone important resides there -- or soon to be very important. The home is not garish or boastful in the slightest, but carefully curated as only someone with a trained eye and discerning taste could do. Roth, who recently assisted acclaimed interior designer Cliff Fong
, launched her own design firm, Elizabeth Roth Home
, in February of this year. It didn't take long for Roth to have a growing roster of clients and a full workload. Her extensive knowledge of antiques and contemporary art (Roth serves on the Directors Counsel at MOCA) are just a couple of reasons why clients have come flocking.
Roth, a native of Beverly Hills, began her career as a wardrobe and fashion stylist. "Interior design was always my passion though," she says. "They are very similar; you're styling something. But, interior design is so intimate." Indeed, Roth seems to become very close with her clients, choosing everything from bed linens, to silverware, to art. Doing so with an understanding of who they are, and how they will live in the home. "I don't want to leave a stamp of Liz Roth. I prefer to make it their own space."
Although Roth's French bulldog Oscar may inspire a manlier look for the home, she inherently balances masculine and feminine style with ease. "The key is neutrals," she says. Her well-chosen antiques also inform a gender-balanced look. "I work with important French and Danish furniture with clean lines. The Borge Mogensen settee in the living room, for example, is clean and streamlined, but also curvy and kind of sexy."
Every corner turned in Roth's apartment is a new opportunity to experience a great work of art. "My family is heavily involved in the art world, but I only started to collect about a year and a half ago." Her pieces really shine in the space, as the furnishings are kept neutral, a key strategy in Roth's designs. Although she can now be described as an avid art collector, her true passion for collecting lies in furniture. "I like furniture you can't find anywhere else. The Bruno Mathsson
chairs, for example, you don't see often, they're like a piece of art." And although her home could be a museum for modern art and midcentury antiques, it's undoubtedly comfortable. "I try to make it so when people come over they're not afraid to sit anywhere. Those chairs are so comfortable and so worn, they make you want to sit down and have a drink." Anytime Roth, anytime.
For more of Liz's work go to Elizabeth Roth Home
Photography: Chris Patey