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An Airy Los Angeles Treehouse

by Annie Werbler

According to animal lover Eva Goicochea, nothing is precious when you have five rescued pets. Eva, the Los Angeles-based founder of eg° studio, a branding and web design practice, and her husband Ian Goicochea, a mechanical engineer, created a clean, thoughtful interior that works with their structure’s modern exterior — while also keeping up with the pace of a “zookeeping” life. The team from The Platform Experiment helped the couple strike a balance between the natural textures and refined color palette they sought, and the practical considerations of everyday life. Eva jokes, “Think: Hey, thanks for burying your dog bone under the couch!”

Eva and Ian both work from home in a shared office, and in addition to their day jobs, are co-founders of several startups. They each spent parts of their lives in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest, and bring both geographic sensibilities to their combined aesthetic. The 1930s four-story Spanish Revival treehouse is nestled into a lush, green Mt. Washington neighborhood hill. With two humans, two cats, and three dogs in the main house and a guest house (rentable on Airbnb), the property still feels small and cozy. They bought the house nearly four years ago from a flipper who selected beige for everything. The Goicocheas recently upgraded the kitchen with more bright, simple, and functional finishes. They also made the living room built-ins, as well as the bench seating and dining table in the kitchen. When Eva looks out the front window, she can’t help but feel like she’s sitting high up in a tree, even while surrounded by all her land-dwelling loves. —Annie

Photography by Jessie Webster

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In the living room of Eva and Ian Goicochea's Mt. Washington, Los Angeles home, neutral finishes in soft textures mark the space.
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An IKEA sectional, though light in color, is a practical investment for the family of two people and five pets. A wall-mounted swing lamp by onefortythree adds a metallic touch.
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Ian and Eva Goicochea with their three dogs, Colette, Addy, and Midge, who is 13 years old and has been with Eva since her college days in New York. "She has a wheelchair and is blind! Our resident Golden Girl."
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Built-in shelving constructed by the homeowners holds decorative objects in neutral tones.
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Addy was left in someone's backyard to die after being attacked by German Shepherds. "She was a scrawny, hairy mess when we fostered her. Needless to say, we fattened her up and kept her," Eva says. "She's deaf and adorable."
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Vintage prints above the sofa drive the high-contrast scheme up the wall.
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A slender Crate and Barrel coffee table provides a place to set things down without adding much bulk to the room.
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On the other side of the room, a tufted Crate and Barrel sofa lends some mid-century character and a hint of earthy color.
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More built-ins with collections of a decidedly southwestern palette.
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Detail of color-coordinated book stacks and neutral crafts.
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Winnie the cat found the most comfortable and camouflaged spot in the house. She's an eight-year-old rescue recently adopted by the family from an elderly person.
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A vintage hexagonal side table is reminiscent of the residents' time in the Pacific Northwest.
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Looking through the whitewashed dining area and into the kitchen toward an IKEA credenza, Marmoleum floors, and a bench and table built by Eva and Ian.
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Winnie is super friendly and wanted to be in every photo. Her sister Bea, equally as cute, is a shy rescued Persian cat who looks just like Puss in Boots, but she didn't feel like having her picture taken.
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The Goicocheas selected IKEA butcherblock countertops, white tile, and Marmoleum floors as a nod to the era of the house, in place of the beige finishes selected by the previous owner, a flipper.
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Dishes by Heath Ceramics and Anthropologie mingle with lucky vintage finds on shelving from West Elm.
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An extra bedroom is used as a dressing room with a vintage credenza. "We call it the coat check," Eva shares, "But if you asked the dogs and cats, they'd tell you it was their room."
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Colette, a "foster failure," started to trust again when she came to stay with the family after an abusive past. She's now a friendly ball of fur who rules the roost.
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An El Dot Future Primitive chaise lounge and stool in the dressing room.
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"The treehouse -- What we love most about our house is how it offers peace and respite from the busy city." - Eva and Ian Goicochea
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The dark wall color of the master bedroom makes the space feel like a hidden cocoon, an ideal setup for Eva, who is a sensitive sleeper.
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The minimalist decor includes a Room & Board chair, a vintage rug and soft throw, and table lamps to warm up the space.
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A Lindsey Adelman light hangs over the bed fitted with locally-sewn MATTEO linens.
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Together, the couple are co-founders of several startups, including adult product shop Maude, and Tinker Watches. The dogs go down to work with them every morning, and then they all go upstairs when it's time for lunch and treats.
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Eva and Ian each have a large L-shaped desk in their shared office built from IKEA parts.
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The four-story 1930s Spanish Revival home is nestled into a hillside.
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A porch entrance amongst the treetops.
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Overlooking the street, an outdoor lounge area offers an aerial outdoor escape from the city's frenetic energy.
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Illustrated layout of the Goicochea treehouse.

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