This 1930s Spanish casita in Los Angeles has undergone a wild and whimsical makeover
In an upstairs boudoir of a 1930s Spanish house in Silver Lake sits a chair that once belonged to all of the big little lies. Of course, the theatrical setting isn’t just a coincidence – it’s a subtle nod to its actor owners, Barbados-born Deidrie Henry Dickerman (also a writer and activist) and creative life coach Douglas Dickerman, whose wild and whimsical signature extends far beyond the bedroom seats. “But it wasn’t always so pretty, and finding Faith was the big adventure,” Deidrie laughs.
It would be Faith Blakeney– founder and designer of her eponymous interior design company – whom the couple found after a chance Instagram exchange with the wrong Blakeney. “I think I first saw one of his beautiful drawings while looking through magazines at the library. It was his sister, by Justine kitchen,” recalls Deidrie. “There was just something incredibly bold and vibrant about it. Of course, at the time, I thought Justina was the designer, and I messaged her directly on Instagram. She replied in thanking me for the compliment, but pointing out that the designer was actually her sister, Faith, and that I should call her. When they met, Faith says their synergy was instantaneous. The project just naturally took off. flight.
For Faith, it was important that the house’s Spanish style heritage remain its crowning glory. “It also helped set the stage for a lot of warm colors, patterns and art,” she notes before Deidrie chimes in. “I showed him pictures of what I wanted and wasn’t surprised when we laughed together that most of the pictures I ‘hearted’ were his work,” Deidrie adds. the brief was, in a nutshell, brief, in terms of describing what I like.” In an effort to dial in the pizzazz, each space was designed and decorated with different shapes and finishes, promising new surprises around every corner. The entry hall, for example, hosts a custom shoe cabinet inspired by a vintage white and cherry dresser that takes its hat off to the same tone window trim.Moroccan tile alcoves dazzle in the bathroom. bath and Roman clay walls breathe fresh air into the master bedroom.And the boudoir – with its gorgeous wallpaper of gold filigree palm trees, dusty pink chair and teal dressing table – could easily have fallen from a Old Hollywood locker room.
The living room, however, is the ultimate cabinet of curiosities. Here, pristine white walls showcase the original architecture and custom reclaimed wood shelving serves as a piece de resistance. wedding present – who desperately deserved a home. “Now the cart accompanies us to our famous Crab Shacks backyard parties and quietly returns to its place when not in use,” says Douglas, confessing that the living room and backyard are likely his everyone’s favorite spaces because “they are suitable for both intimate parties and fun get-togethers.
Over the years, the Dickermans have collected many works of art and decorative objects. “They had so many beautiful pieces and needed help displaying them in all their glory,” Faith notes, adding that much of the furniture already belongs to the couple. “Faith was amazing at finding and finding the perfect items. What she couldn’t find, she custom-made,” Deidrie shares.
For Douglas and Deidrie, both practicing Buddhists, the house serves as a spiritual oasis away from the fanfare and limelight of set life. “I believe we’ve exceeded our vision for our first home,” says Douglas. Deidrie totally agrees: “I knew I needed someone who could bring out the beauty and uniqueness that lived in the bones of our home. Faith really hit the bullseye.
Originally appeared on Architectural Summary