Clockwise from Left to Right: Charcoal Garden Posey Platter £150 Rachael Cocker, The New Craftsman / Cooperage Dining Table and Chairs Fort Standard / Marble Terrazzo Board £49, Folk Interiors / Seaglass Crackle Tile from $122 per sq.ft, Stan Bitters for Heath Ceramics / Serra Low Planter $78, Liefshop / Hand Dipped 3 Colour Candles £24, Brassica Mercantile
Day-dreaming about transportive spaces and making lists of places to visit based on interiors I covet is a hobby of mine at the best of times so it is no surprise that I like many others have fallen through even more rabbit holes these past months.
One such space I happened upon and has very literally been ‘giving me life’ through it’s immersive Instagram stories is The Flamingo Estate nestled in the hills of Los Angeles. Stories feature sun-dappled walk-throughs from the property’s lush palm studded poolside into it’s eclectic vintage kitchen abundant with fresh produce and local guests baking delights like cardamon buns infused with garden plucked rose petals.
I first bookmarked the estate’s kitchen earlier this year made up of a symphony of earthy pattern clashes. I imagined it belonging to a heritage trust or a room as part of a design museum but not long after delightedly stumbled upon it’s Instagram account which plummeted me into a rich world of vintage Cali interior inspiration.
Built by a pair of entrepreneurs in the 1940s, the Spanish colonial style estate situated high in the Hollywood Hills has a storied past. Over the course of decades it served as the headquarters for an erotic film company, a creative retreat for artists, a pirate radio station, a publishing house, a political centre and a cultural hub. In 2016 it was restored by Richard Christiansen the founder of media agency Chandelier Creative who enlisted famed Paris-based Studio KO (recognised for their Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech) to restore it, adding architectural elements as well as work from artists like David Hockney, Ken Done and Andy Warhol.
The estate is a private residence but is rented out for star-studded Hollywood launches and events and has an online shop selling wellness products inspired by the estate’s garden and various organic produce in collaboration with artisanal LA businesses.
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the interiors and how to achieve the eclectic look using affordable but beautiful products so here is a little ‘Get The Look’ inspired by The Flamingo Estate. Enjoy!
Clockwise from Left to Right: Petal Chair £299, The Rattan Company / Waves Vase Cornflower Edition €140, Los Objetos Decorativos / Shabby Velvet Ochre Cushion £65, Folk Interiors / Blue and Green Marbled-Ceramic Espresso Cup, £16.80, Penny Morrison / Wood Side Tables from £140, La Redoute / Dark Blue Stripes Encaustic Tile £5.21 per tile, Otto Tiles / Marie End Ceramic Table in Rust £146, Smallable
Clockwise from Left to Right: Abstract Seaweed Print £83.37, Ashley Mary / Face Vase £99, The Conran Shop / Ex 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale ceramic tiles by Granby Workshop £306 per square metre + VAT, Lassco / Luxe Cadet Blue Velvet Bar Stool €355, Oliver Bonas / Ceramic 70’s Dessert Plate £7.60 Folk Interiors / Khai Coffee Table £499, La Redoute
Clockwise from Left to Right: Spencer Armchair £995, Habitat / 70s Coffee Pot £35 SCP / Terrazzo Tiles / Skye Mc Alpine Splatter Bowl £68 and Cake Stand £98, Anthropologie / FREKVENS Side table £29, Ikea / Large Blue Poppy Rug £150 French Connection Home
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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