Without a doubt, searching for a home is exceptionally stressful. Dozens of tours, agreeing on must-haves and picking the perfect neighborhood can take months. Simply moving a street over takes a toll. Now, imagine you’re searching for a new house while abroad. Actor Jasika and Claire, a grants analyst, were in that exact boat when it came time to relocate from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles, CA. On their weekend house-hunting trips, the couple checked out various neighborhoods. Finding an affordable community that was convenient — without feeling crowded — was a challenge. The couple was excited to start fresh in a new city, but months and months of searching, a near-find and a few unaffordable favorites left them feeling a bit dejected. Luckily, all of the strife and searching wasn’t for nothing. Quieter than its more-popular neighbors and with great fixer-uppers, the Eagle Rock neighborhood proved to be the ideal spot to call “home.”
The two fell in love with a 100-year-old craftsman – the perfect project for DIY enthusiast Jasika. In the beginning, it was challenging to accept that making the house into a home would be a process and not an immediate fix. Over time, however, Jasika began to revel in the idea that she and Claire could build their retreat from scratch – a place 100% them. All of their hard work was in pursuit of bringing to life a dwelling that wasn’t “fussy and overdone and too polished,” Jasika explains. That being said, a unified look, natural flow, and space to be creative were of equal importance when it came to the home’s overall design. Handcrafted wall treatments, custom-built furniture and personal accessories are a few of the other touches that Claire and Jasika utilized to make the home their own.
You’ll notice as you click through each room that the projects in this 3-bedroom home never stop. Thankfully, the family wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, it’s one of their favorite things about the space. The home seems to grow as they grow, and change as they change. This allows Jasika and Claire to DIY to their hearts’ content. Putting so much of themselves into many of the improvements means the family’s personality organically shines through in the design. By the end of this peek, you’ll know exactly what Jasika and Claire’s friends mean when they tell them the space is “so YOU!” Enjoy! —Garrett