Just six months ago, after a nine-month-long renovation, graphic designer Megan Garrett moved into this 1924 Spanish-style home in Altadena, California (just 14 miles from downtown Los Angeles). When it came time to decorate, Megan had just returned from an amazing trip through Africa (including Morocco) and came back with lots of inspiration (and a few goodies). She had completely gutted the kitchen and bathrooms and outfitted the home with lots of modern amenities but she still wanted to keep things looking light, bright and relatively 1924 period-appropriate with a little Moorish/Moroccan thrown in. So she rehabbed and reinstalled as much of the hardware and woodwork that could be reused and made tile and fixture choices that would have looked at home in the 1920s. Her furniture is a mixture of antiques, hand-me-downs, repurposed, designer and inexpensive stuff. She operates under the “buy what you like and it will go together” principle. Her overall goal is to keep things comfortable. She doesn’t want anything to feel so precious that you’re afraid to put your feet up or help yourself to the fridge. And since she’s only been the in house six months, Megan has plenty of plans for its future. In fact, there’s still a bedroom waiting to be decorated. Megan says that sometimes she gets a little impatient, just wishing for it to be perfect. But she tries to remind herself that awesome spaces take time and for that, she’s super excited to see how her house changes over the years. And so are we! (Check out Megan’s blog here to keep up with all she does!) It looks pretty amazing for only six months. Thank you Megan! And a big thank you for the fantastic photographs! (You can see her Instagram account here) -Amy
Image above: The floor paint color is Dunn Edwards “Caribbean Cruise.” It’s a bold color for the floor, but it’s a great color and satisfying to know my mom and I worked our asses off painting it ourselves. It makes me happy every time I walk into the room. I love my Wolf range! It was totally worth the extra expense and I love the signature red knobs and oven’s blue interior. I didn’t want outlets all over the gorgeous marble backsplash, so I had the electrician put strip outlets under the cabinets – a trick I found on Pinterest. Worked out pretty well. Painting above the stove is by James Willis. Butcher block countertops are Ikea. The rug is Anthropologie. The walls and cabinet paint color is Dunn Edwards “Whisper.”
Image above: The painting over the couch in the Library is by James A. Willis, who is an absolutely awesome guy and is super nice. After a slight debacle and miscommunication with a gallery, he invited me to his studio (when it was in an old warehouse on the West Side highway in NYC) which was one of the coolest, relaxed and comfortable creative spaces I’ve seen. I’m kind of obsessed with his NYC street scenes, he has a great ability to capture light and his brushstrokes are amazing. The brass star sconces are from Circa Lighting, I became obsessed the second I saw them. Sputnik-style chandelier is Johnathan Adler. Pink pillows are made of vintage Peruvian (I think) textiles from Juxtaposition Home in Newport Beach. The blue pillow is Imogen Heath.
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Image above: I wanted to balance out the wood in the kitchen and bring more warmth into the room; I was able to use the scraps of the butcher block counters for the floating shelves. The 2 winnowing baskets on the top shelves were brought back from Kenya. Holding a place of honor on a shelf is a vintage jar filled with honey harvested from the beehive that my Mom and I keep together. Grey counter top is Ceasarstone in “concrete.” Pendant light above the sink is Barn Light Electric.
Image above: I absolutely love my mint green Big Chill fridge. It’s a modern fridge made to look old. They make them in several different colors and they are all so much fun. The milk glass ceiling fixture is original to the house, it was in the bathroom so I cleaned it up and gave it a place in the kitchen.
Image above: Table and upholstered chairs are West Elm. The rug is Serena & Lily. The vintage wood dining chairs I got from a Found Vintage Rentals warehouse sale.
Image above: The sconces are from Morocco. The black and white rug is an African mud cloth I brought back from Senegal (I believe this type of mud cloth is originally from Mali) (featured on D*S #dsnicerug!). The antler table my Mom had made up in Montana in the early ’80s. It made from naturally shed antlers and was in my family’s house while I was growing up. It was broken by movers when my parents relocated and has been sitting in the attic for the last several years. I told my Mom I wanted to get it fixed, so she gave it to me. The paint colors are Benjamin Moore. The trim is “Bittersweet Chocolate” and the walls are “White Down.”
Image above: The rug is an antique Moroccan Zaiane tribe kilim (featured on D*S #dsnicerug!). Artwork at the end of the hall is by Gregory Euclide.
Image above: The drawer pulls are an eBay find and are cast iron from an old Hamilton letterpress type cabinet. They were painted red at some point and they’re chipping now, which gives them great personality. The iVictrola I bought several years ago, by Made-Craft – so glad I got one before Restoration Hardware ripped them off. The little neon pink canvas is by Megan Whitmarsh, was given to me as a gift by a gallery owner. The rug is an antique Navajo rug (featured on D*S #dsnicerug!) that I got from an awesome Native American arts store in Laguna Beach called Indian Territory.
Image above: The cast iron tub is original to the house. The mirrors are a mix of new and antique from flea markets and eBay. Along with the “Eagle Mountain” piece in the bedroom, the “Nouveau” poster is a Shepard Fairey Obey Giant poster I got in 2006. Back then, I had my pick of about 15 different designs. Now, his stuff sells out in 5 seconds. How times change! The wall color is Benjamin Moore “Steamy Spring.” The trim and wainscot color is Dunn Edwards “Whisper.”
Image above: I am totally smitten with linen sheets. Give me linen over any 1000 thread-count cotton any day. The Otomi fabric is from Mexico. Rug is from Serena & Lily. The wall color is Benjamin Moore “Wickham Grey.”
Image above: The trunk next to the door is another piece that I remember as a kid in my parents’ bedroom. My mom bought it at an antique store for $25 in the 1970’s after my parents were married. It was horribly rusted so they water blasted it and my Dad lacquered it to keep it from rusting again. The water damaged the wood a bit, but it still looks pretty good! Painting of the Chrysler Building at sunset is another James Willis. Red and blue blankets are from the Masai Mara, Kenya.
Image above: This bathroom is a really small space and I wanted a big punch of color – this is Dunn Edwards “Deep Sapphire.” To bounce light around, I used a high gloss paint and added lots of mirrors and reflective surfaces. The chandelier is from Morocco and slightly too large for the space, but I loved it so much I had to put it up. The mirror over the sink was originally in the master bathroom. The silvering is coming off the edges in a gorgeous way and I loved the shape of it so I just relocated it. The tile is from a great company called Fireclay Tile, handmade in California from 70% recycled material.