Four years ago, Julie Maigret started her interior design business focusing primarily on modern residences in the Los Angeles area. Today we have a special peek inside her own Los Feliz home that she and her husband, Rob, created to represent their individual styles and tastes (and compromises), following the advice she always gives clients: Always surround yourself with things you love. Since the house was built in 1961, they wanted to stay true to its mid-century modern roots while injecting it with their own casual and comfortable vibe and also finding ways to integrate technology without hurting the aesthetic. Thanks to Julie and to Rachel Thurston for the great photos! Click here for some bonus images! — Anne
Image above: I love this Slim Aarons photo of Britt Ekland. When I look at it, I wonder what kind of crazy stories she has about being married to Peter Sellers.
The rest of Julie and Rob’s home continues after the jump . . .
Image above: The chair is by Danish designer Illum Wikkelso. I love its deep comfort and unique legs. Much of the furniture in our house is Danish. The textured wooden table to the right is a unique creation circa 1970 found at a now-defunct Palm Springs consignment store. I have never seen anything like it. And Palm Springs has some of the best vintage shopping in existence.
Image above: When we bought the house, there was tan shag carpet in the dining room and tan grass cloth wallpaper on the walls. Pretty drab. So we went completely in the opposite direction. The floors are a bright white linoleum that looks like milk. Does it have to be cleaned all the time? Yes. Is it worth it? Totally.
The artwork is by Los Angeles artists Simmons & Burke and are stunning digital collages of layered photographs of fire. We went for the classic Saarinen Oval Dining Table, Executive Armchairs and a Nelson Bubble Lamp from DWR. A big pet peeve is uncomfortable dining chairs. We were determined to splurge for the most comfortable we could find. Mission accomplished. The vases are all from Jonathan Adler, and the wall color throughout the house is Dunn-Edwards Swiss Coffee.
Image above: The lacquered artwork is by San Francisco artist Rex Ray. The vintage 1970s op art mirror was purchased at a yard sale for $5 and remains one of the great finds of my lifetime. The vintage sideboard is Danish. The vintage Laurel Lamp and wood sculpture are eBay finds. I cannot say enough about the durability and versatility of Flor tiles. A must for households with small children, pets and/or clumsy people. I wish I invented them. Ours are in Sweet Dreams/Caramel. They remind me of suede bucks, my favorite shoes.
Image above: This guest room is based around the oranges & browns in the painting, which was done by Rob’s father in the late 60s/early 70s. I adore this vintage Calze Ortalion poster advertising women’s stockings. It’s from the 1960s by Italian artist Rene Gruau. It keeps the room from taking itself too seriously and makes the ceiling seem even higher. The “Onion” bedding is by Fold, the pillows from Jonathan Adler & Judy Ross. The lamp is also from Jonathan Adler. The mirror was a great find from the usually tame Pottery Barn.
Image above: The framed b&w is from the online Conde Nast store, a great resource for affordable photographic prints. The towels are by Missoni. I like to have an orchid in each room. They are affordable, last for months . . . and a little bit of fuchsia in a room goes a long way.
Image above: The master bedroom was wallpapered in a tan grass cloth, and we didn’t like how dull the walls looked against the white terrazzo. We stripped it and painted the walls Dunn-Edwards Swiss Coffee, which is used throughout the house. We added a long, thin mirror along the back wall, which makes the already large room seem even larger. The mirror reflects the pool, trees and mountains outside, and it’s just bright and beautiful and happy. James Perse has a line of bedding that is lined with jersey material on the inside. It’s incredibly soft and comfortable, just like all their clothes, of which we are both huge fans.
Image above: We commissioned the steel sculpture from San Francisco artist Killean Evans after seeing a similar piece of hers in a house we rented in Sonoma. The pieces are hollow and made of five different lightweight interlocking pieces, so we can move them around and change it up easily. She is a great talent; the piece was astoundingly reasonable, and she turned it around in a few months. When it’s lit up at night, it casts stunning geometric shadows on the wall.
Image above: For three years, we were undecided on what to do with the upstairs balcony. It got so much intense sun during the day, it was rendered nearly unusable. We finally decided to install a canopy that followed the lines of the pitched roof, so it looked like it was part of the architecture. An uneven floor required a custom built-in chaise, which is made of ipe and Sunbrella fabric. It was well worth waiting until we were certain of what to do with the space. The balcony is now a mini haven.
Image above: This is us standing on our balcony sofa. Dress from Anthropologie!