Tour a Los Angeles Home With a New Spin on Vintage

An L.A. designer teaches old stuff lots of new tricks. Take a tour with HGTV Magazine.

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October 25, 2019

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

The Home

First rule for new homeowners: If your parents ask if you want some old furniture, say yes! While you might have to politely decline that overstuffed couch from their rec room, sometimes you get treasures. Designer Amy Sklar and her husband Randy, a comedian, inherited more than a few parental gems after they bought their place in Los Angeles — ideal since Amy wanted a look that reflected the house’s 83-year-old bones. “A lot of the original features were still intact, like the floors, molding and doors,” she says. “I loved that it didn’t feel blurred out.” She supplemented the pieces she got from her family with old-school goodies from area thrift stores, then paired them with contemporary picks. Neutral colors and natural wood help everything mesh. “There’s history here, but you never feel that this house takes itself too seriously,” says Amy. “It feels so good to see bits from my childhood around me. I hope one day when my kids have houses, I’ll get to do the same for them.” Here, homeowner and designer Amy, stands by a custom console that holds the family’s vinyl record collection. The quilt above it is a crafts fair find.

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The Family

Randy and Amy with Georgia, 12 (left), and Daisy, 14.

Entryway

Yes, fancy old furniture can look cool. The vintage chest, bought at an antiques store, and the hand-me-down mirror perk up next to a cheeky thrifted fossil lamp, wallpaper with billowing clouds by Cole & Son, and a geometric wood pendant from Ralph Lauren Home.

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Living Room

Can you spot the vintage piece? No, it’s not the perfectly faded rug (that’s from Living Spaces) or the cowhide ottoman (Room & Board). The leather and wood safari chair from the ’60s is the real deal. Amy matched its mid-century style with a sectional from Lawson-Fenning.

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Kitchen

New cabinets with Shaker-style doors, painted Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore, and bronze pulls from Rocky Mountain Hardware have traditional chops; Calacatta marble counters and a sleek gold faucet are of the moment. Amy had the reclaimed wood on the floors laid in a herringbone pattern for a unique twist. Vintage hand-me-down copper pots decorate the back entry. “My mom hung pots this way, and I always loved the working-kitchen look of it,” Amy says.

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Breakfast Nook

The bay window at one end of the kitchen was a great spot for a vintage Saarinen Tulip table and matching chairs. Amy had cushions for the bench and chairs made from graphic Zak + Fox fabric, laminated for easy cleanup. She hung a funky light from Roll & Hill that’s mod, too. “We call it the fanciest paper clip in the world,” says Amy.

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Master Bedroom

Amy craved max softness, so she started with a custom upholstered sleigh bed. “When I lean back against it to read, it’s as comfortable as a sofa,” she says. Underfoot, a sheepskin over a wool rug doubles down on coziness. Amy turned her grandfather’s old writing desk into a nightstand/vanity. The flea market armoire is topped with a gift from Amy to Randy: a blown-up page from Randy’s childhood journal.

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Bathroom

Amy’s clever hack for the teeny-tiny powder room: Scrap the vanity and put in a slim reclaimed-wood shelf with a vessel sink (by Elite Bath) and a wall-mount faucet. Combined with terra-cotta floor tiles from Ann Sacks that have a rough-hewn look, the space got instant vintage vibes (no waiting decades required). For a bit of spunk, she hung an angled globe pendant from Flos.

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