We’re each writers (he writes songs; I write books, amongst different issues), so our course of started with jotting down phrases that saved our intentions in focus: more room, extra daylight, extra serenity. The dream was to go from the highest ground of a Mattress-Stuy brownstone to a classy hideaway within the Hollywood hills. However we had been midway up a very perilous, winding single-lane highway after I mentioned aloud to our actual property dealer, Ikem Chukumerije: “I don’t care what this subsequent home seems to be like; there isn’t any approach I’m doing this drive day by day.” In fact, the second I walked by means of the doorways I simply knew: This was our house.
The 13-foot pitched ceilings, the spacious, sun-drenched patios, the suave views, wooden beams, and ethereal, open areas—it immediately delivered on wow issue. It additionally possessed a sure inventive soul we each instantly tapped into. Later we discovered the modern Spanish-style dwelling, in-built 1977, was beforehand owned by the prolific movie director and actor Robert Townsend. We beloved that there was sufficient house to develop into the two.0 variations of ourselves. Little did we all know then that lower than a 12 months later we might be designing the house with a brand new member of the household on the best way.
In NYC you spend money on what you placed on to depart your home. In L.A. you spend money on the issues that make you by no means wish to go away your home. As a first-time house purchaser keen to revamp each facet of our lives with intention, I Marie Kondo’d the hell out of my existence and refused to buy something I couldn’t envision sparking pleasure for years to return. This over- zealous plan inevitably backfired when six months later we had been nonetheless residing like faculty children in an deserted frat home, sleeping on outsized beanbags and consuming pizza by the hearth on a card desk from House Depot. It was form of romantic for some time, however the attraction rapidly wore off and we had been able to really feel like precise adults. With a burgeoning TV profession requiring me to be bicoastal, we knew it was time to enlist assist from professionals.
Enter Night time Palm’s Tiffany Howell, an in-demand inside designer who brings a moody, cinematic aptitude to her tasks. We met serendipitously over our mutual love affair with a settee at Pop Up House, a vintage-furniture retailer and gallery for underrepresented artists. I finally pursued her after seeing her work in my pricey good friend Mara Brock Akil’s beautiful workplace house. Fortunately, the celebrities aligned, in addition to our style in sofas, and she or he signed on to assist us get our act collectively. I knew it was a match made in design heaven when she scored us a fair higher model of that couch at a fraction of the worth (saving cash is the last word pleasure!).
Howell’s love of music and vogue overlapped with our inventive backgrounds; we spoke the identical language. “I need the home to really feel like a Stan Getz track,” she mentioned, noticing we had been having a bossa nova second. We had been all drawn to the house’s bones and Spanish soul, so it was necessary to pre- serve them in any respect prices. With the expansive rounded hearth as our muse, we landed on the concept of making a zen, fashionable sanctuary that offers Brazilian tree home vibes.