In this home, art makes every room special

  • By Lisa Boone Los Angeles Times
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012 4:35pm
  • Life

As a designer of custom jewelry, Amanda Keidan sometimes takes delicate vintage pieces and reworks them into intricately sculptured, modern collections.

The same could be said of her sunny, art-filled Venice, Calif., home, where gold accents blend with sparkling glass and vintage barrel chairs share the living room with new Ikea ottomans and a cool lamp bought off the flash sales site Gilt.

“Everything is very specific,” Keidan said of her decorating style. “I want your eye to look at something. I like having things to look at, things that are pretty.”

In the otherwise all-white cottage kitchen, a startling blue contemporary triptych by Venice artist Melissa Harrington catches your eye. In an otherwise staid, traditional guest room? A red abstract painting.

“I enjoy those pieces every day,” she said, noting that the red painting was by her grandmother. “Those pieces make me happy.”

The multitude of artworks throughout Keidan’s house creates an ambience that is elegant yet whimsical, and deeply personal.

“I love that there is a story behind each artwork,” she said. “It’s as though my friends and family have left thumbprints on my home.”

After buying the home last year, Keidan embarked on a four-month renovation to give the 1947 home a cleaner look.

“I wanted it to be light and airy and cheerful,” she said.

Mustard and red accent walls were painted museum white and soothing neutral tones. The exterior went from dark blue to more white. New windows were installed to bring in natural light, and new landscaping made the most of outdoor spaces too. Small fixes, such as smoothing the home’s warped walls, helped to achieve the clean-lined look Keidan wanted.

And though much changed, Keidan was careful to keep what worked: the original floor plan and striking leaded glass windows that Keidan said were from the old Helms Bakery on the L.A.-Culver City border.

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