A Creative Couple Shares How They Built Their ‘Jungle Gym House’ in L.A.


Interior of the dining, kitchen, and entry in the background. The bar/console was custom designed by Open for Humans.

Interior of the entry looking into the living room and outdoor deck in the background. The planters are from the Case Study Ceramics series by Modernica, the ottoman is by Hem, and the couch is by HD Buttercup.

Since they moved in last May, the duo use their house as their studio too. “Like most people, home has become our entire world. We feel like we’re on a spaceship,” Melanie says. “It was a game-time decision to turn the second bedroom into an office with built-in desks, and we’re so glad we did as we’re both working from home. I’ve also turned the loft area into my gym space, with a mirror, yoga mat, meditation cushions, and pilates equipment.”

All the interior areas reflect the couple’s personality and taste. “They are minimal and unfussy, and sort of unisex, with masculine and feminine energy,” Melanie says. When we first moved in, we felt so small in it compared to living a high-rise-apartment life for so long. There is room to breathe, but it’s not overwhelming to take care of and handle. Having a vegetable garden has been so therapeutic as well.”  

After spending many hours thinking about every detail, Melanie and Todd can now enjoy their beloved, very personal home, which has become both their urban refuge and an inspirational place.

During the pandemic, Melanie and Todd transformed their loft into a meditation space. The meditation cushions are by Walden.

⚒ Do It Yourself

Use a piece of furniture to separate different areas in the same space. In their L.A. home, Melanie and Todd custom-designed the entertainment/bar fixture to delimit the dining room and living room without closing them off, which creates continuity.

Introduce many plants to bring some freshness. The presence of vegetation in Melanie and Todd’s home adds some pops of color. The use of different types of plants and flowers can help change the space.

Create a multifunctional room. It could be a guest bedroom/office, a study/yoga room, or a TV room/library. Designing flexible spaces is a good way to transform your home according to new needs.

Interior of the primary bedroom and office nook. The mirror is by Crate & Barrel and the Vitra Wiggle stool by Frank Gehry was custom fabricated.

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