On a Los Angeles hilltop, designer Molly Luetkemeyer incorporates kick-back-comfortable moments into a home that is a vibrant and highly-personal gallery of treasures. "I wanted the white house with white furniture and caramel throws, but I couldn't do it," she says. One look at her multilayered home in the Hollywood Hills shows how right she was to take a less minimalist path.
The entry's artwork is back-painted Plexiglas by Colin Glasgow, from Consort in L.A. Vintage Gabriella Crespi stools are covered in Scalamandré's Tigre velvet. The mirrored console and lamps are vintage.
The mural by Jeff Robinson was inspired by the imaginary jungles painted by artist Henri Rousseau. The vintage Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs have cushions in a Beacon Hill linen. Above the collection of busts is a Slopes mirror sculpture by Neal Small and a pair of Triple Shell sconces by Jason Koharik.
The living room is oriented around a fireplace mantel embellished by decorative artist Kaveri Singh. "The curving snake relief is both subtle and engaging," Luetkemeyer says. The Bamileke feather headdress is from Nickey Kehoe.
A 1950s Italian alabaster lamp (one of a pair) is from the Dana John gallery. To jazz up the shades, Luetkemeyer made "headbands" from African mud cloth. The designer hand-carried the silver elephant home from a trip to Rajasthan, India.
The custom sofa is covered in a dog-friendly indoor/outdoor fabric by Robert Allen. Luetkemeyer designed the curtain pattern. 'The dusty jade in the mix — I call it "my grandmother's green" — cools and anchors the other colors, which wouldn't work without it,' she says.
In the lounge is a chandelier by Downtown, an Ochre chaise and a Jonathan Adler side table.The rocking chair is by Charles Hollis Jones, an artist and furniture designer known as Mr. Lucite.
In the master bedroom, one-of-a-kind textiles — like an antique suzani from Tulu used as a wall hanging and a hand-embroidered boudoir pillow from Pat McGann Gallery — meet crisp Leontine Linens shams (and the designer's dogs, Edgar, left, and Paco).
"If I don't see them, I won't wear them, so I populated my bathroom wall with small acrylic knobs for my necklace collection," Luetkemeyer explains. "I reorganize them regularly by color and length, which helps me to see them with fresh eyes." She found the knobs at Koontz Hardware in Santa Monica.
On the deck, a Restoration Hardware sofa with hand-painted pillows by Emily Wagner and a pair of Summit chairs surround a custom fire table. Overhead, the pergola has retractable solar shades. At night, the designer lights sconces and votives that she tucks away inside geodes.
"My home can never be too stimulating," Luetkemeyer says.
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This story originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of Miescisko.