Living Room

A sofa by Bunny Williams Home upholstered in an outdoor velvet is tough enough to welcome Joe and David’s dog Fred, yet stately enough for their many guests. The antique French butcher’s table that now holds a vivid orange lamp is one of Joe’s favorite finds.

Living Room Details

The David Rattan and Brass Armchair with navy leather cushions is a custom design of Joe’s (available through Harbinger) and adds a touch of Joe’s sailing roots to the room.  Joe found the old orange needlepoint, “David David David” cushion at auction, “and I just had to get it for him!” he laughs.

Living Room Mantel

A white-painted store prop and a collection of pottery add visual interest on the mantel.

Living Room Desk

An antique writing desk and chair add retro appeal to a quiet corner of the living room.

Living Room Details

Tufted armchairs in a lavender Holland & Sherry wool from Harbinger flank a slatted console table placed in front of the living room window.

Homeowners

Joe Lucas (left) and David Heikka with Fred, their rescued Australian Cattle-Korean Jindo mix.

Dining Room

The large dining room is all about high drama and fun. Using overscaled elements—a herringbone wallpaper by Idarica Gazzoni, a Swedish-style carved mirror, and a large antique dining table—sets an uplifting, over-the-top mood for parties. The gesso-painted wood wave chandelier is from Joe’s shop, Harbinger.

Dining Room Details

A stocked bar sits against one wall of the dining room, always ready for cocktail parties and get-togethers. “We are lucky we have a great garden area for guests to ramble out back,” says Joe.

Hallway

Joe and David built a lighthearted vignette with a pair of vintage Shaker-style rush chairs from Harbinger, a collection of mirrors and art, and a papier-mâché zebra head.

Hallway Details

Antiqued glass on the mirror, dried coral, and geometric curiosities add to the personality of the hallway vignette.

Book

Joe and David’s apartment is one of many designer homes featured in Ronda Rice Carman’s new book Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living (Rizzoli, $27). In her book, Carman, founder of the lifestyle blog All the Best, offers readers a sneak peek inside the homes of top interior designers—among them, Charlotte Moss, Madeline Stuart, and Nicky Haslam.

Of Joe and David, she says, “They just have amazing style. Their apartment is whimsical, traditional, and lighthearted yet very current. It completely reflects their personalities.”

Master Bedroom

Encased in Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint, the master bedroom is a study in contrasts. The seagrass headboard from West Elm, the burlap side table from Noir Furnishings, and the mustard linen curtains add texture, while the varied paintings and drawings quietly emit more color and emotion. “We fell in love with the kooky green and the old gold frame in the abstract above the bed,” says Joe.

Master Bedroom Details

The bedroom’s chalkboard paint provides the perfect backdrop for the room’s more neutral elements, and lets the gold drapery from Pindler & Pindler pop.

Master Bedroom Details

Joe and David’s love for artwork spans the past and future, and Joe will commission pieces from family and friends.  The brown paper bag pastel is by Joe’s niece, and the pencil drawing of their dog, Fred, is by Ian Dingman, who Joe commissioned to draw from a photo just days after they rescued Fred from the pound.  Says David, “I tend to like the more abstract and conceptual, and Joe, the representational.” 

Master Bath

Subway tile in the master bath keeps things simple and relaxing. “Pigeon Gray” wall and ceiling paint ground the tiles’ airy white hue.

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Hollywood Home in Warm Neutral Colors

Two designers celebrate their opposing aethetics in one harmonious home

Written by Darra H. Baker
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Hallway Details

Antiqued glass on the mirror, dried coral, and geometric curiosities add to the personality of the hallway vignette.

Chest of drawers (antique, mahogany): Lee Stanton Antiques, 310/855-9800, leestanton.com.
Mirror (antique, Indian): Charles Jacobsen, 310/815-9250, charlesjacobsen.com.
Table lamp (made from Crate & Barrel vase): Crate & Barrel, 800/996-9960, crateandbarrel.com.

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