Being the son of Smith & Hawken co-founder Paul Hawken, Aidan is no stranger to impeccable design. His keen eye led him to this sunny, 1940s Los Angeles home where he and wife Andrea are raising their smiley son Gabriel. It was clear from the beginning that this couple was a match made in design heaven. Andrea’s love for mid-century pieces, Aidan’s crush on modernism and their shared desire to create a home that’s open, bright and uncomplicated has resulted in today’s pretty Golden State peek.
When they first moved into this two-bedroom space, a good purge was in order. Good thing neither of them are known for hanging onto anything for too long. “We had lots of things – enough furniture for our previous home which had three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an office. We were moving into a much smaller place, with smaller rooms and much less storage,” Andrea says. Letting go of so much has helped the couple truly appreciate the items that remain and has made their home feel “so much more open and comfortable.”
As renters, non-invasive tweaks were the only options when personalizing their home. In order to fill the space with as much natural light as possible, the two painted all the walls a brilliant white. New, dimming light fixtures and fresh hardware were also some of the first changes the couple made when they moved in. “We’ve been renters for a long time, and as a result, we don’t shy away from improving on a space even though we don’t own it,” the couple says.
Not only is the home’s interior gorgeous, it is located in a national, historic landmark so the views are spectacular. LA’s Village Green neighborhood is “nestled within acres of hundred-year-old trees and grass fields as fas as the eye can see,” so Gabriel can run and play without the worry of speeding traffic. If that wasn’t enough, the home even sits on the migratory path of many butterflies and birds, so once springtime hits, all types of little critters call The Green home. Living in such a place where hummingbirds, hawks and wildflowers are right outside the door is exactly the type of childhood Andrea and Aidan always wanted for Gabriel. “I am most thankful for the chance to raise our son in a place that he can run outside and play and climb trees,” the proud parents gush. Enjoy! —Garrett