Holly Liss and Max Michaels may have grown up a stone’s throw from each other in Encino, CA, but they only began dating when they were over 2,000 miles apart, when Holly was in New York and Max was in San Francisco. After a few years of Big Apple-living together, they eventually found their way back to their home-state in search of more space — and a yard for their French Bulldog, Chester, to play in. “You know, you always dream of gardening or summer BBQing in a backyard with friends, especially after those rough East Coast winters,” Holly shares. After seeing over 25 places, they landed on this Spanish-style gem in West Hollywood.
With large rooms, high ceilings and plenty of original charm, the couple’s home is filled with an eclectic mix of what Holly likes to refer to as “investment pieces: things we can’t throw out that have sentimental value; fun found objects; family heirlooms; and rad vintage pieces from the various cities we’ve lived in.” Just as they were pleasantly surprised to discover some of the unexpected quirks the home offers (such as the round fireplace in their living room and the many inset wall nooks), so too did they not anticipate the drastic shift in their career paths. Having previously worked a mixed-bag of jobs, within two years of moving to LA, both Holly and Max started their own businesses from home: Holly launched ENLISST, a digital creative consultancy that specializes in social media marketing, and Max co-founded the record label Quality Time Recordings.
With their careers more established and their roots firmly planted, the process of decorating their space was an enjoyable and cathartic one. After living in rentals for years, Holly was thrilled to finally invest in the more permanent fixtures that she had previously never been able to justify, such as updating lighting, hanging their good art, and purchasing those more room-specific pieces she had never splurged on before. In combination with the addition of some West-Coast touches, namely plenty of plants and shag rugs, the couple’s abode is airy and boasts pops of color in just the right spots, a vibe which also extends into their zen backyard. “Our home is the nucleus to everything in our lives,” Holly explains, “Work, life, family, friends, love, joy, laughter — everything happens in this space.” All of these moments take place in a backdrop that’s fittingly, “fun, warm and welcoming with a hint of cool.” –Sabrina