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When did you first realize you were interested in interior design?
I grew up in a 1920s California Spanish home that my mom designed. She was the first person to introduce me to design and would take me to all the flea markets when we traveld to the Midwest to visit family.
…and when did you first realize that you were good at it?
I started building and doing wood-refinishing jobs in high school. I would find cool objects and sell them to my friends who owned bars and restaurants. Shortly after, they would ask me for design help and it just grew into a business from there.
Wow, amazing! Do you remember your first design job? How did it go!?
First job I did was a bar in Culver City. I tried to keep the aesthetic authentic.
What kind of approach do you take when designing?
Definitely go by my gut feeling, which makes my approach different from most interior designers today, who use computer programs to lay out every aspect of the job.
What kind of guidelines do you follow when designing for a space?
I like to see how I can bring out the natural beauty of the space. If it’s a more challenging space I try to find ways to give it character. I love using old french doors/windows and adding beams to the ceilings.
Which is your favorite restaurant in LA to eat?
Gjusta and The Tasting Kitchen are our go-to brunch spots.
…and what about your favorite restaurant or bar in LA for the interior design element?
The Little Door.
Favorite hotel in LA for design?
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Salvador Dali — we visited his home in Cadaques, Spain.
Your family is so darling! What do you guys love to do when you have free time?
We love to travel together or be out in nature but, when we’re in LA, we spend time at home cooking dinner with our friends.
How did you two meet?
We’ve been together since high school!
Scout is hilarious — how would you describe her in three words?
Funny, engergetic, strong-willed.
What’s playing on your record player right now?
Bon Iver, Ray LaMontagne, Neil Young, Hall & Oates.
What qualities do you look for in an antique piece?
Eclectic pieces that aren’t too over-the-top.
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture in your house?
Our French leather club chairs.
Flea markets and estate sales are always fun and I have a couple shops in LA that I visit frequently.
What advice would you give someone looking to decorate their home or apartment?
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone with certain things.
And do you have any advice for aspiring interior designers?
Get out there and visit other parts of the world. It’s the best way to find inspiration.
Thank you, Matt and Tara, for sharing your home with us!
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