Emmy-awarding-winning producer Denholm and her husband Dave were way ahead of the curve when they bought their downtown LA loft 10 years ago. Even though the city was “extremely rough around the edges,” the loft’s potential was obvious. They loved “…the view, exposed brick, big windows and high ceiling” so much they decided to take a leap of faith and bought the loft when the price was right. The investment has proven to be a positive one, however, with developers breathing new life into many of the once-derelict parts of the neighborhood. Watching the California city rise anew has been a treat for the pair.
Just like the neighborhood, the loft has been a work in progress for the past decade. Construction was minimal, but finding pieces and a configuration that properly fit the open-air feel had Jeannine and Dave scratching their heads. “Our ceilings are almost 16 feet high and the windows are so big, scale was definitely an issue,” Jeannine says. Initially, the Denholms thought that filling the space would provide the best living arrangement, but they quickly realized that having many tiny pieces in a big space left their home feeling cluttered. Larger and fewer pieces of furniture now act as walls dividing the loft into living, dining and working areas without making it feel disjointed in any way. One rule has stayed consistent throughout the design process: bringing in a new piece means one or two existing ones have to go. This keeps the home feeling open and uncluttered.
With the larger design decisions accounted for, the couple then layered each nook with meaningful touches. Using mementos from their many travels has brought to life their vision of a home where guests “can put their feet up and be comfortable.” Aesthetically, the home’s an obvious winner, but I especially love the many sentimental memories that each piece of artwork and accessory represents. As you’ll see when you click through, Jeannine and Dave’s candor about each piece makes this peek that much sweeter. Enjoy! —