How would you describe your interior design style?
This sounds chaotic to me. There is a rhyme or reason for everything. I like a mix of old and new. I like architectural elements; there is a color palette that's very neutral. And I like to add flavor with art and sculptures.
For my home in Lake Tahoe, which has a lovely log cabin feel, and is my main residence, I really like the natural elements. It's up 8,000 feet elevation, has beautiful trees and is probably going to add 10 quality years to my life. I am very thankful. I absolutely love that you can walk out the front door, take off, and literally be in the middle of a national forest.
What do you like about each room in your homes?
Each room has to have the feeling like you're home, no matter where you are -- the power could go off and I'd know exactly where the heck I am going. So you are not bumping into anything. It's a wonderful challenge to try to make every room feel comfortable -- like a really lovely hotel. I have been blessed to have stayed in a few fantastic ones over the years. I probably ripped some ideas off of the ones I've stayed at!
I love nature, I am really into it. That's why I enjoy landscaping. It makes me feel like I am not raping the forest too much. It sort of feels like I am blending into the environment, as much as one can. Having solar panels, working with water in the proper ways, and staying off the grid is very interesting to me. I am pretty much off the grid for my house in L.A. and Tahoe is much tougher because the weather elements are too strong for solar.
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Where do you like to shop for home related items?
All over the place! But mostly estate sales and auction
houses. There are a few stores here and there that I like to fill in with a new
piece that I might occasionally need. I also like scrap yards; I like finding
some cool piece of iron that I can turn into a door handle. It's definitely a
mix of old and new.
Where do you like to watch movies in your home?
I have a screening room in the house in L.A. My home in
Tahoe, I have a television that I use in case we get snowed in. Otherwise, there
are too many things to do up there! Rather than watch TV, I'd rather be
outside, going on a pine cone hunt with my daughter!