When it arrived to her have family’s lush and leafy oasis in Venice, Los Angeles–based designer Kate Driver commenced off, amazingly, by abandoning her aesthetic roots. In September 2016, she and her spouse spontaneously deserted their renting life—and Driver’s lengthy-held aspiration of possessing an “old property with character,” not as opposed to the Georgian-design houses of her native Atlanta—to dive head-initially into owning a new-create home with no real architectural soul to speak of.
“But when we walked by, it felt like no location we experienced ever been right before, like a tropical wonderland,” Driver, the founder of the inside design studio West Haddon Corridor, claims of the home’s soaring home windows and proliferation of palms. “So that evening we felt truly influenced. We stayed up till 3 a.m. googling ‘how to obtain a house’ and put in an provide the next day.”
In the eyes of a lesser visionary, the house’s grand 25-foot heights and 4,500 sq. ft of concrete flooring may have felt too much to handle to furnish. But for Driver, who at the time experienced just discovered she was pregnant with her initially youngster, the dwelling was basically a blank canvas. “I just became obsessed with generating the dwelling truly feel like it has been listed here eternally,” she suggests.
Introducing vintage and antique parts was the easiest—but not the only—way. “I’ve been accumulating items from distinctive eras and distinct sections of the earth for a long time,” states Driver, who has very long admired Roman couturier Giambattista Valli’s eclectic cache, shown in his Paris apartment in seemingly improvised style.
“I aspire to that variety of layering—rich and textured but pretty personal,” Driver says. To wit, the dwelling room in Driver’s home is a worldly pastiche of collectibles aged and new, manifesting as a spontaneous and synergistic tableau. A relatively prim Fritz Hansen midcentury settee, coated in lush Liberty floral velvet, features a stage of decorum offset by the humorous geometry of Ettore Sottsass’s well known Tahiti lamp, a playful postmodern interpretation of a flamingo. In other places, the gravity of twin walnut espresso tables by West Haddon Hall—emblematic of Driver’s want to structure pieces that are “distinctive and purposeful anchors in the visible atmosphere”—are challenged by the charming granny fringe of an antique floor lamp or American printmaker Denise Kupferschmidt’s punchy cobalt painting. That painting, in transform, sourced by Driver’s pal, art advisor Illa Gaunt, is a nod to the free forms of Henri Matisse.
The dwelling is frequently in flux, growing and contracting with items and persons: For example, the decorator’s far more tenured objects frequently depart for clients’ residences when refreshing finds like the Roger Capron tiled coffee desk in the guest apartment, or the entryway’s concrete Willy Guhl planter, arrive from global markets like Marché Paul Bert, Driver’s favored Paris flea. And when a legion of buddies will come in excess of for a taco brunch, like they did recently to fête Driver’s now-eldest baby on her fifth birthday, often they really don’t depart until finally immediately after dinner. According to Driver, these accidental all-working day situations owe their period and ease to the home’s normal warmth and overall flexibility.
“I love planning areas that come to feel intimate for a greater team but also lively and whole for a smaller sized team,” says Driver. The upstairs landing was reworked into an personal sitting space, the place the designer positioned a 1970s Luis Montiel tapestry—a “retro rainbow,” as Driver calls it—in distinction to a needlework rug with a far more critical palette. An outdoor dining room, which hosts the resident family members of 5 on West Haddon Corridor picnic benches as simply as it accommodates 25 browsing taco buffs, is heated and suitably foliaged, anticipating the scarce situation when Southern California’s perpetual balminess—and the garden’s perennial palmy-ness—aren’t up to al fresco eating expectations.
As it turns out, creating a house that feels like it is been all around permanently is right proportional to the degree of languor exhibited by friends who just cannot believe of a additional enjoyable place to devote their total working day. ”I like that it feels like home to them much too,” Driver suggests.