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Two Traveling Photographers At Home In Los Angeles

by Maxwell Tielman

Caroline and Jayden Lee are lifestyle and travel photographers whose work takes them around the globe. When not working and taking in new sights, however, the couple longed for a place to call home—one that would allow them to reboot, rejuvenate, and get re-inspired. After some time spent hunting down apartments in various sections of Los Angeles, the two finally decided on the city’s Atwater Village neighborhood. “[It] was a location that we kept finding ourselves visiting—mainly because so many of our friends live here, work here, or simply wanted to grab coffee, lunch or do Bikram yoga together here. We were instantly drawn to the calm vibe of the neighborhood and after offloading most of our bank account into the local coffee shops, bakeries and boutiques, we found ourselves saying ‘You know, this place really is the dreamiest!'” Once Caroline and Jayden secured a lease, they enlisted the help of Jessica from Disregarden Design Co. to turn their decor dreams into a reality. “To be honest,” Caroline says, “this entire process was very reminiscent of a couple of kids in a candy store – we just kept everything fun and kind of playful. We wanted our home to reference our adventures, the places and the people who are so dear to us, but happen to be scattered around the globe.” The space fits these goals perfectly—it is a colorful, yet minimal oasis with the excitement of travel and the comforts of home. —Max

Image above: The right side of the living room. Because the left side is so colorful, the couple opted to make this side more subdued, employing a more monochrome palette. Hanging chair purchased on Craigslist. The pillow and pouf were purchased on a trip to Morocco earlier this year. The credenza was found at the Long Beach Flea Market (and “in case you’re wondering, YES!, it fits in a Prius,” Caroline says). The hanging fiber art piece was crafted by Caroline. 

All photos by Caroline and Jayden Lee.

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Image above: A pink chair, dubbed “The Pink Throne” was a Craigslist find. Clay mask by Bertha at Heartside Gallery in Grand Rapids, MI. Painting by Melbourne-based artist Adam Lee. Framed piece is a sample of hand-painted wallpaper from the 60s. Pillow from Elephant Landing.

Click through for the full home tour after the jump!


Image above: “We love the vibrant light and warmth of brass and glass,” Caroline says. “Also? Jayden isn’t a huge fan of indoor plants, but turns out, if you only bring one home at a time, you can get away with creating a gradual jungle.”


Image above: Planters were spray painted by Caroline and Jayden. Flamingo lawn ornament found at the Long Beach Flea Market.

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Image above: After moving to the United States from Melbourne, Caroline’s sister-in-law sent her every issue of Frankie Magazine from Australia. “I was so homesick for the incredible design and fashion of Melbourne that she took pity on me for the first few years, I think. The magazines no longer arrive each month, but I keep/cherish each issue that I have.”


Image above: The dining space is quite narrow, but Jessica from Disregarden helped to find a midcentury table that fit perfectly. The dining set was found at Sunbeam Vintage in Highland Park. Chairs reupholstered by Jessica in Caroline’s favorite shade of green.


Image above: The main entryway and living space. Sofa is a vintage find from West Coast Modern. Pillows a mixture of handmade and purchases from Urban Outfitters and Little Korboose. Shelving and lamp from West Elm. Coffee table from Urban Outfitters. Rug from Coco Carpets. Painting by Adam Lee


Image above: An alternate view of the dining room. Painting by Adam Lee, vases from CB2


Image above: Built-in shelves in the dining room styled by Jessica from Disregarden. The orange hand is from a mannequin found in a dumpster in Madrid. Glasses from CB2


Image above: The bathroom. Shower curtain from Society6.


Image above: “Because when you live in a small home, you use every nook and cranny!” Caroline says. Midcentury dresser from the Long Beach Flea Market, Moroccan rug from Coco Carpets, vintage porcelain cat.


Image above: “If ever a friend or family member asks what is on our ‘wish list’ for Christmas or a birthday, we always tell them a great coffee table book that we have our eye on,” Caroline says. “My degree is in art history, and I still adore learning from the greats who came before us, or are still creating incredible work now.”


Image above: The bedroom. “Just looking at a photo of it makes me smile,” Caroline says. “This was the room that we ‘did’ last, and it came together so quickly and perfectly. It was a dream of mine to own an original piece by the incredible Mercedes Helnwein (her use of pink literally slays me), and when Jayden saw this one with the dinosaur, he was sold.” Lamps from Urban Outfitters, pink pillows handmade, black and white pillows from Elephant Landing and Little Korboose. Duvet cover is Plum & Bow for Urban Outfitters.


Image above: Jayden’s side of the bed. Bedside table is a vintage find from Sunbeam Vintage. “Never Give Up Print” was a gift from a friend.


Image above: Of the various items on Caroline’s wishlist for the home was a peacock chair and a piñata, because “WHY NOT?” Chair from Etsy and the piñata from LA’s piñata district. Rug from Coco Carpets. Curtains from Serena & Lily.


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