Canyon OakFarmhouse Living Room, Los Angeles
Lee Manning Photography
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Pro tip: Couches upholstered in velvet add a whole new level of luxury and comfort. Purchasing your sofa (or having it custom made) in a rich and vibrant velvet can make an otherwise simple room feel much more luxurious.
A deep cobalt sofa. Did anyone else notice that this rich jewel tone replaced a sea of neutral sofas this year? Designers used the hue with many different color palettes. Here an antique Oriental rug ties it all together. See the rest of this homeSofa: Anthropologie; vintage chairs: Hans Wegner; sheep: Hansa; rug: Lawrence of La Brea
Fiddleleaf figs have become favorites in part because of their quirky character. This one has grown quite large (the trees can reach 12 feet indoors), whimsically stretching out over the room in a renovated 1938 Los Angeles home.
The living room is on the opposite side of the dining room from the kitchen. The grandfathered-in wood-burning fireplace is original, as is the paneling behind it. Because new wood-burning fireplaces are no longer allowed in the area, Troyer didn’t touch it. He nestled a cozy window seat just past the fireplace in front of a bay window. If you squint, you can see a trapeze bar; the couple’s sons use it for somersaults and play. Troyer broke through the existing low ceiling to the attic, raising it into a vault, covering it in more tongue and groove paneling, and reusing the original joists. “We thought about painting the joists, but they had such a great aged patina, and they even had little notes the original framers had written on them intact,” he says. “The living room has a barn-like feel. It seemed natural that we put a sheep in here,” Kretschmar says with a laugh. The live-edge coffee table is another eye-catching piece; it was designed by the Offerman Woodshop collective. She cannot praise these creative and talented craftspeople enough. “Their manager, Lee, is fantastic, and the whole crew are wonderfully passionate, talented people,” she says. “Our table is a work of art that we get to interact with every day — it’s not sitting behind glass on the wall. I know it will change over time, and I like thinking about how it will look when our kids are old enough to fight over who gets to take it to college.”The steam-bent oak floor lamp is another piece that’s special to Kretschmar; her uncle made it.