As I excitedly thumbed through the new issue of Domino, I came across Rebecca de Ravenel’s Los Angeles apartment. The serene, tropical vibe of her home caught my eye, but it was the layers of patterns, spectrum of blue shades, and unique finds that really drew me in. I was smitten.
As you can see in the picture above (found via de Ravenel’s Instagram account), her living room is a soothing riot of stripes, shibori, chevrons, and medallion prints. The walls are coated in a pale shade of aquamarine, marrying with other blues from indigo to slate. Still, the unique pieces that de Ravenel has collected are what make her home so incredible. For instance, her fireplace is filled with different types of coral and reinforce the tropical feel of her apartment and make for a stunning, sculptural focal point. She also mounted a papier-mâché giraffe head on her wall that sometimes sports a straw fedora.
On page 139 of the Domino 2016 Spring issue, is a closeup of her vintage needlepoint leopard ottoman by Gio Ponti. Serving a s coffee table, chic trays and ceramics are layered on top.
However, my favorite photograph was of her breakfast nook, shown above. I absolutely adore how she displayed her collection of glass evil eyes on a rattan folding screen. (In fact, I have big plans for borrowing with idea–perhaps with a collection of sacred hearts…) In addition, I’m a huge fan of the canvas palms that she has scattered around her apartment–two of which flank the evil eye display. (I’m seriously considering picking up one or two of these as well…) In fact, everything in this space falls into the category of ‘my favorite things’: skirted tables, comfy-looking wicker chairs, colored glassware, an overdyed rug, and hanging lantern. It’s perfection. (See my next post for shopping finds inspired by this room.)
I highly encourage you to subscribe to Domino and get your hands on this issue–not only to see the rest of Rebecca de Ravenel’s apartment, but all of the lovely homes they so lovingly featured.
As a side note, I thought it was interesting to see how so many of the pieces from de Ravenel’s New York apartment were transported, rethought, and replanted in her new, West Coast dwelling. Sometimes, when we move, the temptation to liquidate the old and buy new is strong. It’s less to pack and then unpack. Right? However, I have to applaud de Ravenel for sticking to her aesthetic–city and architecture be damned! Her home imparts the sense that her furnishings are not just possessions, but intimate artifacts from her life. To me, that’s the ultimate goal and what makes a home truly extraordinary.