Jessie Webster is a photographer specializing in lifestyle and interiors, and the blogger behind Sweet Thing where she shares photography as well as her love for fashion and interior design. Today’s peek inside her Silverlake, Los Angeles home is so together, it makes it hard to believe she’s only lived there since Valentine’s Day. As soon as Jessie walked in, she fell in love with the charming craftsman details, built-ins and moldings of the home that was built in 1913 (old for Los Angeles!). Jessie is always drawn to spaces that mix eras and her own style leans towards vintage with a slight modern edge. Ultimately, she wanted her home to be warm and a place people want to be; the fact that she works from home so much was extra incentive. Thanks so much, Jessie (and for the awesome photos)! – Anne
Image above: I found this set of antique bentwood chairs on eBay. They are from the Mayo Civic Auditorium and date back to the ’40s. I like to imagine all the music they’ve heard and all the people who’ve sat in them. The dining table is from Restoration Hardware and was on my wish list for quite sometime. As soon as it went on sale, I snatched it up. The pendant is from Ikea and the antique kilim rug gives my house a needed pop of color amongst the many muted tones.
Image above: My bedroom is simple and peaceful. The rug is an eBay find and one of my favorites in the house. It’s worn and slightly falling apart, but I love it. Those three Polaroids hanging next to my bed, were part of a friend’s wedding invitation. I also have one of my Instagrams framed sitting on my nightstand. It goes to show, art doesn’t have to be expensive, just meaningful. The Crate and Barrel bed I found on Craigslist and the kantha and pillow are from West Elm.
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Image above: The first thing I did when I moved in was paint everything white with BEHR Premium Plus in Ultra Pure White Flat paint. Many of the walls were dark brown or gray and all the trim was a yellowy cream. I lived in a house for seven years where practically every room was a different color, so for this house I wanted a change. The chandelier in my living room is by OneFortyThree. I am such a fan of his light fixtures. Next on my wish list is the swing arm wall lamp. The rug and the sofa are both from West Elm. It took me a while to find a sofa that was both modern and comfortable, but the Dunham sofa is just that. The Pioneer chair is from a lovely shop called Joinery. The mid-century magazine rack holds vintage Seventeen Magazine’s with my mom on the cover!
Image above: My father is also a photographer and well known for his rock and roll photography from the 60s-70s. That era and his photographs are a constant source of inspiration for me. Two of my favorites, The Rolling Stones and Nico, sit above my fireplace. The built-in bookcases hold my collection of vintage books and cameras.
Image above: This wall is filled with so many things I treasure. Some are more recent finds like the pyramid wall terrarium from Etsy, or the brass Nate Berkus lamp. Others were picked up in my travels, like the bowl from my time spent at the Zia Pueblo in New Mexico or the various rocks and shells from the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard. Two of my favorite pieces are the carved wooden face my mother purchased at Nepenthe in Big Sur during her hippie days and my grandfather’s ID card from his time spent in Africa during World War II.
Image above: My office is very adorable at just 36 square feet. It’s right off the kitchen and dining room, so it must have been a pantry or breakfast nook at some point. It’s just big enough to fit my desk and photo equipment, which is really all I need.
Image above: The print on my desk was given to me as a housewarming gift by my dear friend and artist Lauren Spencer King. An antler is currently serving as a washi tape holder.
Image above: Having built-in storage in an old house is such a treat. I love to make cocktails and it’s the perfect place for my bar and collection of vintage glassware. The two paintings are actually one cut in half. It’s a thrift store find, but my mom had the brilliant idea to cut it in two and place them in frames side by side.
Image above: The sun sets outside my kitchen window and since living here, I look forward to this time of day most of all. I turn on music, cook dinner and watch the palm tree-filled sky turn all shades of pink and orange.
Image above: I’ve always loved to cook. As a kid I preferred cooking shows to cartoons and would spend my weekends making up recipes for my family to try. A few of my favorite and most used cookbooks are Love Soup and Tartine.
Image above: A painting by my mother hangs in my sunroom (yes, everyone in my family is an artist), along with a suitcase I found on a street corner and a good fortune ball given to me as a gift years ago from Rooms and Gardens.
Image above: I’ve dreamed of having a clawfoot tub for quite sometime, so when I found this house it felt too good to be true. I painted it black and I love how it grounds the room and balances out the dark wood of my deco dresser.