As somebody who likes to get sentimentally drunk, it’s exhausting for me to see this home belong to another person. That is our home. Mine and Ian’s. Purchased in 2010. This was the home for the pilot episode of Secrets and techniques from A Stylist. And this can be a story that I by no means instructed you.
In 2004 Brian and Ian Brennan met as actors in an off-off broadway play in New York and have become in a single day life-long nice mates. It’s what you name a “Showmance”. We frolicked regularly, having fun with the hell out of our 20s as broke artists in New York till Ian mysteriously moved to LA. We moved to LA in 2008 and inside weeks bumped into him at a celebration. We had no actual mates there and it was an on the spot reunion. We moved to Los Feliz and created a good friend group that was inseparable all by means of our 30s. Ian and I’d have dinner with out Brian if he have been out of city, the three of us have been very shut and nonetheless are. In the meantime, Ian wrote a screenplay for a darkish film, set in a highschool known as Glee. He gave it to somebody, who gave it to somebody, who gave it to Ryan Murphy in a steam room of Equinox in Weho (a few of this may be city legend at this level however I’m not going to fact-check it as a result of I like this model). Ryan turned the screenplay into the sequence Glee, and Ian’s profession took off instantly (after years and years and years of working exhausting, writing so many failed scripts). It’s a real Hollywood story and he stays nonetheless considered one of, if not the, hardest working individuals in Hollywood.
Round that very same time, I received DesignStar and the producers of my present, Secrets and techniques From a Stylist, requested me if I knew of a home we might makeover for the pilot – but it surely needed to be a secret (it could be months till it was introduced I received). Again within the day, whoever received DesignStar would have already produced their pilot that might run instantly after the ultimate episode aired. Then based mostly on how nicely it did was what number of episodes they’d order. Ian was trying to purchase a home, so I instructed him if he purchased one quick sufficient we’d furnish it utterly for the pilot. So sure, it was HIS home, however we went home searching collectively figuring out that it couldn’t be an enormous renovation and he discovered the sweetest bungalow in Beachwood Canyon. It occurred so quick and I at all times feared that I compelled him into shopping for his first home, however he’s doing simply wonderful now so even when I did I feel he’s over it 🙂
It remained a time capsule of the present makeover for years. A number of years later he met his now spouse, Trilby, who turned an expensive good friend of mine and introduced her personal type into the home, as one does. It was at all times a joke amongst our mates that when she redecorated or moved issues round that I’d passive-aggressively transfer it again, or remark in an “oh, nicely isn’t that completely different”. I did have a really robust sentimental attachment to the home and nonetheless cherished how we did it for Secrets and techniques, however clearly knew that issues would change, as a result of they at all times do. However it was nonetheless humorous. 🙂
Ian and Trilby and their two children are nonetheless very shut with us, and now they’ve upgraded to a STUNNING home I can’t wait to point out you sometime, however in the meantime, I believed it could be enjoyable for individuals who have been following since 2010 to say goodbye to this home and name out what I nonetheless cherished in regards to the unique decor, nearly 13 years later.
FDR Stylish – 12 Years In the past
Y’all. I nonetheless actually actually like that room! I feel it was as a result of it’s simply eclectic and stuffed with classic so it’s exhausting for it to really feel dated (these bookshelves and all of the home windows don’t harm). Ian and I really secretly shopped collectively for among the items to be sure that he would love them. I believed it could be enjoyable “store” the room and circle all of the issues that I’d need proper now.
That’s so much I do know. I really nonetheless love the Moroccan pendants, however since I do know we might get these once more (they have been black and we spray painted them) they’re much less of a steal for me.
How It Was Staged To Promote
It’s at all times enjoyable to see how they stage issues for actual property. I feel they have been possible making an attempt to make it really feel larger and like there was extra space, in order that they lowered the “stuff”. I can’t consider that couch made it 12 years – it was tremendous pale after 2 years from the solar.
I nonetheless love that chair, rug, and that portray. Enjoyable reality in regards to the portray – it was a film prop that I purchased at Tini (a classic retailer throughout my heyday of procuring in LA) and it’s of William Henry Harrison – a president that obtained a chilly the evening he was inaugurated and died from it 32 days later. It’s not humorous after all, however its additionally fairly humorous to have this tremendous severe portrait of possible probably the most ineffective president ever. I hope SO BADLY that they saved it (I’m too scared to ask as a result of in the event that they didn’t I’ll be bummed and I don’t actually have the proper to be bummed).
Staged To Promote
I like toile, and I nonetheless love these chairs. They have been little and rickety then and I’m positive not any higher now, however nonetheless cute.
Staged To Promote
We at all times meant to redo their kitchen, but it surely’s not so easy to simply “redo” a kitchen so we didn’t. He was a bachelor and it was actually ok.
My Design – The Household Room
I actually like how again within the day, once I had no concept what I used to be doing, I discovered these two gooseneck desk lamps and determined to wire them to be sconces. They by no means actually lined up completely, however I nonetheless like the thought.
Additionally, I feel that is the primary and final time I did grasscloth and I actually need to do it once more. I’m making an attempt to persuade Brian to let me do that linen wallcovering from Ashley Stark that’s so extremely gorgeous someplace within the farm.
Staged To Promote
Staged To Promote – The Child’s Room I Helped With However By no means Shot
Once I helped with this room it was a nursery, 6 years in the past and I by no means shot it (however meant to).
My Design…Kinda Of – The Visitor Room Turned Daughter’s Room
This room was solely barely designed, I feel we simply took leftover classic furnishings that we shopped for and adorned it in right here. It was cute, for positive, however wasn’t completely dialed in.
Staged To Promote
A number of years in the past they’d their daughter and Trilby put up this lovable wallpaper, which I like. They staged it as a visitor room after all.
My Design – The Main Bed room
I made that headboard, btw. Not my finest work but it surely lasted 12 years. And there we go once more with the desk lamp as sconce transfer. I do not know if that’s authorized, by the way in which.
That’s a number of stuff on a dresser 🙂 Trilby purchased this desk just a few years later after we really shot a few of these rooms and I actually cherished it. I miss that wall clock – so cute.
Staged To Promote
Not so much modified! Even that girl portrait made it in there.
For some time, they thought-about protecting it as a rental property which gave me some hope that I’d be capable to correctly say goodbye (this all occurred throughout lockdown after we moved to Arrowhead after which Portland). Sometime I need to shoot their present home, which I didn’t design as a result of I wouldn’t have been capable of do the job since they wanted a full-time, full-service staff, however belief me it’s actually stunning and particular. And when you’ve got been right here since that first episode – thanks, thanks, thanks. xx
* “My Design” Pictures by Bethany Nauert
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