What's Your Style: Tour the Sleek LA Home of a Stylish Trendsetter

Film director Lwany Smith brings her minimalist sense of style to her Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, home.

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March 02, 2020
Los Angeles creative director Lwany Smith.

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Los Angeles director Lwany Smith, husband Aaron and dog Kansas.

Photo by: Jason Travis

Jason Travis

Los Angeles director Lwany Smith, husband Aaron and dog Kansas.

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Los Angeles film director Lwany Smith wears vintage Levi's denim jacket, Are You Am I bodysuit, Etnia Barcelona sunglasses and Zara trousers.

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Lwany wears a vintage Levi's denim jacket, Are You Am I bodysuit, Etnia Barcelona sunglasses and Zara trousers.

Photo by: Jason Travis

Jason Travis

Lwany wears a vintage Levi's denim jacket, Are You Am I bodysuit, Etnia Barcelona sunglasses and Zara trousers.

In What's Your Style? HGTV visits stylish people in their cool homes and finds out what their key influences are.

A large watering pail is the best way to water a raised bed.

Watering Pail

A large watering pail is the best way to water a raised bed.

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Neighborhood and city: Eagle Rock, Los Angeles

Occupation: Film director

Glass and brass boxes provide a pretty way to display jewelry on a tabletop.

Jewelry Display

Glass and brass boxes provide a pretty way to display jewelry on a tabletop.

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Jason Travis

The lift-up lid and linen lining on our Glass Shadow Boxes make them the perfect spot for organizing jewelry or showcasing keepsakes. They look especially charming atop dressers, shelves and vanities.

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Biggest style influence and why? Brigitte Bardot has always intrigued me. Her style is timeless, feminine, simple and yet comfortable. She somehow managed to be sexy without being vulgar. There are many other French style icons who I also admire, but none have the body or curves that make Ms. Bardot so relatable.

Two modern white vases on a table feature dried flowers.

Modern White Vases

Two modern white vases on a table feature dried flowers.

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Jason Travis

Made from ceramic stoneware with a slight glossy finish, our Pure White Vases come in a range of shapes and sizes. Collect a few for countless arrangement possibilities on mantels, ledges and tabletops.

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Color that is rocking your world right now? Red

Fashion accessory you can’t live without? Pointy shoes! Currently my vegan suede boots from Mat & Natt.



The movie star who should play you in the story of your life? Eva Mendes

Favorite hobby? Walking my dog.

Pointy white shoes make a stylish statement.

White Shoes

Pointy white shoes make a stylish statement.

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Jason Travis

Lwany Smith wears her grandmother's wedding ring on a gold chain around her neck.

Wedding Ring on Necklace

Lwany wears her grandmother's wedding ring that Aaron used to propose on a gold chain around her neck.

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Jason Travis

Lwany wears her grandmother's wedding ring that Aaron used to propose on a gold chain around her neck.

The city that most inspires your style? Copenhagen

Favorite style blog? tommyton.com

A modern globe tabletop lamp.

Modern Lamp

A modern globe tabletop lamp.

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A West Elm exclusive, we worked with New York City-based design studio Pelle to create this table lamp. You'll love the soft light its two salt-blasted glass globes give off.

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A minimalist, modern home office with retro globe lights shows how you can blend form and function.

Sleek Home Office

A minimalist, modern home office with retro globe lights shows how you can blend form and function.

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A woman works in a modern, functional home office.

Home Office

A woman works in a modern, functional home office.

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Jason Travis

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Our Wire Frame Dining Chair was inspired by mid-century school chairs, but with head-of-the-class comfort and style. We paired it with a cushioned seat and back with an angular, exposed metal frame for modern clarity.

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How would you describe your personal style? Nonchalant sophistication

A modern bedroom with a striking piece of wall art.

Modern Los Angeles Bedroom

Lwany's cute white shoes are from Beyond Skin.

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Jason Travis

Lwany's cute white shoes are from Beyond Skin.

A vintage sewing machine is a sentimental addition to a Los Angeles living room.

Vintage Sewing Machine

Lwany found this vintage sewing machine at a garage sale. "It was such a good bargain!" she says. "It was in pretty bad shape. First, I sanded it and refinished it. I then took it to get fixed."

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Jason Travis

Lwany found this vintage sewing machine at a garage sale. "It was such a good bargain!" she says. "It was in pretty bad shape. First, I sanded it and refinished it. I then took it to get fixed."

Your home vibe in two words? Rustic modern

Favorite place to shop for your home? For decor, Target, and for furniture, West Elm.

A matte metal globe sconce is placed next to artwork featuring the homeowner's dog.

Globe Sconce

A matte metal globe sconce is placed next to artwork featuring the homeowner's dog.

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Jason Travis

Create lighting with a custom feel with our Sculptural Glass Globe Sconce. With a gleaming glass shade, it's just the thing to add illuminating intrigue to your hallway, entryway or the bathroom.

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Your current soundtrack: Sigur Rós actually.

A sturdy travel trunk doubles as a table in this Los Angeles living room.

Storage Trunk

A sturdy travel trunk doubles as a table in this Los Angeles living room.

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Jason Travis

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Storage doesn't have to be boring - expand your storage solutions with this Seward Trunk Classic Collection 31" Footlocker Trunk. This classic black trunk with rose gold hardware is constructed of durable engineered wood and covered with heavy, easy-care vinyl and is built to last. It features antique styling, so it looks great while offering ample storage. This trunk features a paper-lined interior to protect contents along with a dust- and moisture-resistant tongue and groove closure. The trunk also features two latches and an easy-open magnetic closure that can also be locked with a padlock for added security. It's great for storing just about anything, from seasonal items, heavy linens and holiday décor to memorabilia and keepsakes. Two side leather handles make it easy to carry.
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Lwany wears a stylish white jumpsuit from Big Bud Press.

White Jumpsuit

Lwany wears a retro-cool white jumpsuit from Big Bud Press.

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Jason Travis

Lwany wears a retro-cool white jumpsuit from Big Bud Press.

A woman in a white jumpsuit shot from above on a green lawn.

Drone Shot

A woman in a white jumpsuit shot from above on a green lawn.

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Jason Travis

A medium-haired dog lays on the ground outside his home.

Cute Dog

Lwany and Aaron's dog Kansas.

Photo by: Jason Travis

Jason Travis

Lwany and Aaron's dog Kansas.

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