When it got here to her circle of relatives’s lush and leafy oasis in Venice, Los Angeles–based mostly designer Kate Driver began off, surprisingly, by abandoning her aesthetic roots. In September 2016, she and her husband spontaneously deserted their renting life—and Driver’s long-held dream of proudly owning an “outdated home with character,” not in contrast to the Georgian-style properties of her native Atlanta—to dive head-first into proudly owning a new-build house with no actual architectural soul to talk of.
“However once we walked by, it felt like no place we had ever been earlier than, like a tropical wonderland,” Driver, the founding father of the inside design studio West Haddon Corridor, says of the house’s hovering home windows and proliferation of palms. “In order that evening we felt actually impressed. We stayed up till 3 a.m. googling ‘find out how to purchase a home’ and put in a suggestion the following day.”
Within the eyes of a lesser visionary, the home’s grand 25-foot heights and 4,500 sq. ft of concrete flooring could have felt overwhelming to furnish. However for Driver, who on the time had simply found she was pregnant along with her first baby, the home was merely a clean canvas. “I simply grew to become obsessive about making the home really feel prefer it has been right here endlessly,” she says.
Introducing classic and vintage items was the simplest—however not the one—means. “I’ve been accumulating items from completely different eras and completely different components of the world for a very long time,” says Driver, who has lengthy admired Roman couturier Giambattista Valli’s eclectic cache, displayed in his Paris condo in seemingly improvised trend.
“I aspire to that sort of layering—wealthy and textured however very private,” Driver says. To wit, the lounge in Driver’s house is a sophisticated pastiche of collectibles outdated and new, manifesting as a spontaneous and synergistic tableau. A relatively prim Fritz Hansen midcentury sofa, coated in lush Liberty floral velvet, gives a stage of decorum offset by the humorous geometry of Ettore Sottsass’s well-known Tahiti lamp, a playful postmodern interpretation of a flamingo. Elsewhere, the gravity of dual walnut espresso tables by West Haddon Corridor—emblematic of Driver’s want to design items which can be “distinctive and purposeful anchors within the visible environment”—are challenged by the charming granny fringe of an vintage flooring lamp or American printmaker Denise Kupferschmidt’s punchy cobalt portray. That portray, in flip, sourced by Driver’s good friend, artwork advisor Illa Gaunt, is a nod to the free types of Henri Matisse.
The house is continually in flux, increasing and contracting with items and other people: For instance, the decorator’s extra tenured objects usually depart for purchasers’ residences when contemporary finds just like the Roger Capron tiled espresso desk within the visitor condo, or the entryway’s concrete Willy Guhl planter, arrive from international markets like Marché Paul Bert, Driver’s favourite Paris flea. And when a legion of associates comes over for a taco brunch, like they did not too long ago to fête Driver’s now-eldest baby on her fifth birthday, typically they don’t go away till after dinner. Based on Driver, these unintended all-day occasions owe their length and ease to the house’s pure heat and adaptability.
“I like designing areas that really feel intimate for a bigger group but additionally vibrant and full for a smaller group,” says Driver. The upstairs touchdown was remodeled into an intimate sitting room, the place the designer positioned a Nineteen Seventies Luis Montiel tapestry—a “retro rainbow,” as Driver calls it—in distinction to a needlework rug with a extra critical palette. An out of doors eating room, which hosts the resident household of 5 on West Haddon Corridor picnic benches as simply because it accommodates 25 visiting taco buffs, is heated and suitably foliaged, anticipating the uncommon event when Southern California’s perpetual balminess—and the backyard’s perennial palmy-ness—aren’t as much as al fresco eating requirements.
Because it seems, designing a home that feels prefer it’s been round endlessly is straight proportional to the extent of languor exhibited by friends who can’t consider a extra stress-free place to spend their total day. ”I like that it appears like house to them too,” Driver says.