Hello, my name is >> Lauren Spencer King
I live in >> Los Angeles, California
I am an >> Artist
My home is >> An apartment in a 1920's building on top of a hill, with lots of original details and a beautiful secret garden courtyard.
My most favourite part of my home is >> My neighbors. I am close friends with two of my neighbors, and that just feels so rare these days, especially in LA. I feel so grateful. My favorite things in the apartment are the lavender bathtub which I have grown to love, the old ice box, and the large window in the living room that looks out into the treetops.
My favourite room is >> The living room. It's really all about that big window. There is the most amazing light in the afternoon, and there is a moment when the house is full of rainbows. I also get to watch mourning doves and humming birds all the time, and ocassionally I see a hawk. Dreamy.
My most recent purchases for my home are >> Palo santo wood which I love to burn, a shallow white dish from Astier de Villatte to add to my collection, and a Morocan cookbook.
My favourite place to shop for home wares is >> The storage space where I have all of my mum's and both my grandmother's belongings. They each collected things from all over the world. My mum was a big collector of Native American artifacts, her mom was an amazing painter, and my other grandmother loved danish design and kept all of her original mid century furniture. I feel my home is a mix of all of their things and their styles. There is so much in storage I wish I had room for. I always want a more minimal home, but with so much amazing stuff from my family in a small space it tends to get a little "more is more" in here.
For me the most important thing about a home is >> That it is full of books, that everything has a place and yet not everything is perfect, and that it has lots of light. As a homebody, it's important that it is the one place I want to spend more time than anywhere else. It's important that I always have fresh flowers by my bed and that when I look out my windows I see trees.
A house is only a home when >> Things are placed with intention. Even if it is one thing. I remember when I lived in Paris years ago I rented a furnished apartment. When I walked in it felt like a house, but not yet my home. The first thing I did was stick a post card of a favorite painting on the wall in my bedroom, and then I walked to the flower shop and bought myself a plant.
And here is a sneak peek around her stunning home...
What a beautiful space... And how lovely is this floral painting...
Thank you Lauren!