The LA Home of Minimalists Who Also Love Art and Color
March 30, 2018
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Minimalism does not have to equal stark or bland. Just take it from these self-proclaimed minimalists. While they like clean lines and the simplicity of Japanese and Scandinavian styles, they also have a ride or die love of pops of color and loads of art. With the help of Hutch, they translated that unique blend into a bright and happy Los Angeles home perfect for these two creative souls.
Jonpaul is a creative photographer and director while Anica is a producer and currently works on the Global Marketing team at Netflix. Anica is also the creator of LA Pug Meetup, which is as cute as it sounds. When the couple moved into their space a little over a year ago, they instantly "fell in love with the large windows, natural light, oak wood floors, and clean lines - -- it seemed like the perfect blank canvas for us to build upon."
When asked how they would describe their design style? We are minimalists but love mixing art, pops of color, and texture to create a homey feel. We are both drawn to the simplicity of Japanese and Scandinavian design styles.

Biggest challenge? Filling such a large space! We’ve always lived in lofts or tiny studios, so this was the first time we had to design a home with multiple rooms and over 2,000 sq ft. We laugh that we still aren’t quite used to having a house where we can close the bedroom door. The office also presented its own unique challenge, as we wanted it to reflect Jonpaul’s personality as his work space but also function as a guest room. When putting together that room we aimed to find a balance between functionality and a space that inspires creativity.

Easiest part? Picking out pieces that we liked; however, the challenge was making them all work together. That’s where Hutch came in and helped tremendously.
Feeling you were trying to invoke with the design of your home?
We wanted our home to feel cozy and inviting -- not only to us, but also to any friends and family that come over.

Favorite space? Where do you spend the most time?
We spend a lot of time in our living room. It’s the best of both worlds -- the soft light and our oversized sofa make it really nice for relaxing, but the same room doubles as the perfect communal hang out space for when we have friends and family over.
Some of your favorite items that you own and have incorporated into your decor? Any “must-have” items you planned your design around?
A lot of the art and ceramic pieces in our home are hand made by friends, or collected during past travels. We feel really lucky to be able to fill our house with our friend's work. We also love to support local artists. The credenza in the living room, which was from a small local shop in Highland Park, was definitely one of our “must have” items -- we pretty much based our entire living room aesthetic around it.

Where do you find design inspiration?
Our home style is always developing, as we pull from experiences together, but recently we’ve found design (and life) inspiration from Wabi Sabi. We used to worry about mixing too many different styles together, but Wabi Sabi taught us to find the beauty in the not-so-perfect. What matters the most is making our space feel like our own.
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