When decorating their downtown Los Angeles loft, Jon and Nina Hans decided to channel mid-century Hawaii. They are both from the islands and grew up surfing and running through jungles. Luckily, they live right down the street from the Flower District, so it’s easy to keep their home filled with plants and flowers. Nina is an , so she’s experienced in creating visual environments. This is a particularly special home for the couple because they moved in just after their wedding a year ago. They were so excited to decorate their first home together as husband and wife that they spent the first several weekends searching local thrift stores, the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market and Craigslist to find great deals and unique pieces. Thanks, Jon and Nina! And a big thanks to and for the lovely photos! — Amy Azzarito
Image above: This is my little at-home desk. I found the chair at a little furniture store here in LA called Revival, and I’m obsessed with it! It came already upholstered in that fabric, I couldn’t believe it; it’s like it was made for me. I also love the vase on my desk by Brett Freund. I’m such a huge fan of his work!
Image above: Our living room is such a fun place to host parties; Jon loves to make cocktails at the bar, and in the winter we always have a fire going. When we got married, our friends all got together and chipped in to get us this super nice projector for our wedding present. So now we often host movie nights — we roll down the blinds and project right onto the walls. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! The white porcelain dear head we got as a wedding gift, as well. It’s from . We went ahead and put it on our registry before we’d really figured out what vibe we were going for in our new place. Sometimes I feel like he’s a little off for the jungle theme, so I like to throw a lei on him to make him fit in better.
See more of Jon & Nina’s Los Angeles home after the jump!
Image above: This Tommy Bahama swaying palms fabric is our favorite thing in the world! We have to hold ourselves back from covering the entire house in it.
Image above: Our coffee table is a good mix of both of us. We both love design and surfing, and Jon loves motorcycles. Another vase from Brett Freund, a plate from Waylande Gregory and coasters from Anthropologie. I picked up the anthurium bowl and koa honu bowl on our last trip back home to Hawaii.
Image above: I found the swinging chair at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, got pillows made for it, and wrapped the metal rods that make up the back support because they were a bit scratched up. Our ceiling is cement, so you can really swing far in it! The water dispenser is from Anthropologie. I wanted it for over a year, and finally we splurged on it this past winter. The stand it is on is a simple cart from Target. I had a new top made for it from and got it powder coated at Arnaco Powder Coating in what else but mint, of course! I love powder coating! It can take a typical looking item and jazz it up for a really low cost; it doesn’t scratch like spray paint.
Image above: This table spread was to die for! Our dear friend made these gorgeous cheese boards in all different shapes and sizes. I love the individual and unique handles, which also make them great kitchen art when hung. Chris came over and styled the food spread for the party we had the night of this photo shoot. I got the flowers in the flower district, and he made all that you see in this photo happen. The Cord Chandelier is from friend and product designer . The Cord Chandelier is one of my favorite pieces in the whole loft. It’s a balanced tensegrity structure, and its simple but elegant frame almost disappears when lit (we do have it on dimmers), making the bulbs appear to float! It really was the final piece in bringing our whole home together.
Image above: This may be my favorite photo. The plates from really make it all shine. I had been searching for jungle-inspired plates everywhere and freaked with joy when I found these beauties. Whenever we have dinner parties I get these Monstera Deliciosa leaves from the flower district down the street.
Image above: I love our bar from CB2. It’s funny because this used to be my dining room table when I was single and living in a studio. The stools are designed by Joseph Pitruzzelli and licensed by . I used to be the art director at , so I got to brand this product, choose colorways and market it. It was a ton of fun. Mint is my favorite color, so it was my obvious choice. We also sold them in dark gray and white, but the mint was the biggest hit for sure. The stools typically come with reclaimed beech wood tops, but I had the walnut tops made instead because they matched our home better.
Image above: In the kitchen there’s this fun little piece by Ray Young Chu. I first saw it in a coffee shop in the Arts District and just knew I needed it. I got the little kissing surfer salt and pepper shakers on our last trip to Hawaii. Jon and I are always trying to bring home little pieces of where we grew up.
Image above: Plants, plants, plants! I can’t get enough of them. The Audrey Kawasaki piece is a pretty special piece to me. My husband, Jon, bought it for me years ago, when we were just friends, which makes it extra special now.
Image above: Our canopy bed is a blast. Since our loft is so open, it gives a little sense of privacy when we have guests spending the night. Jon put it up one day while I was at work, so when I came home that day I freaked! I love it! The rug was a wedding present from Anthropologie, from my sister-in-law.
Image above: Cheese board by