Stylist Jessica de Ruiter’s Silverlake Midcentury Home

Jessica de Ruiter, the former fashion editor at Vogue and W now a stylist for Drew Barrymore, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Jennifer Lawrence, to name a few collaborated with her husband Jed Lind, an artist at Commune, to create this super cool home in Silverlake, California. Architect Gregory Ain designed this open three level home in 1953. It is filled with light, natural materials, Carrara marble, brass and lots of Belgian Linen. I love the timeless California vibe.

The entry illustrates the couple’s ethos of “less is more.” A console from Galerie Half holds pottery from Californian and Japanese ceramists. (David Korty and Akio Nukaga are favorites.) The front door, designed by Jed, is seen in the BDDW mirror’s reflection.

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The open dining area suits the couple’s entertaining style. “We like to serve family style so that people can make themselves at home,” says Jessica. Stools from Sawkill Co. under a Carrara marble bar and a Michael Snow print make for a nice breakfast spot.

“We adore and collect vintage rugs,” says Jessica. The added textural elements (leather, linen, glass, wood) happened by chance. “It’s always stronger to mix materials and metals. However, our furnishings evolved organically.”

The built-in sofa is the focus of the living room, accented with vintage-linen custom-made pillows. “We like a mix of solids and patterns,” says Jessica. “And we’re really drawn to washed linens and ethnic prints.” The large circular artwork is by Russell Crotty, a California artist and friend.

James (in bunny disguise) lounges beneath one of the home’s many built-ins. Baskets in all shapes and sizes are another common sight. “Can’t resist a good basket,” laughs Jessica. “The bigger floor baskets with magazines are from Dream Collective in Silver Lake and Hollace Cluny in Toronto.”

Jed’s parents and the couple are passionate art collectors, resulting in a bold gallery wall. The piece “hiding behind the tree is one of Jed’s,” says Jessica. The furniture is a mix of “custom, vintage, flea market, and inherited pieces, like a Milo Baughman chair.”

Jessica wanted “a little more ceiling height and lots of natural light” for the master bedroom, making it “a refuge to relax in.” A linen-covered headboard and white bedding keep it airy. A custom bench by Mark Coppos and artwork by Russell Crotty and Sarah Anne Johnson add delicate pattern and texture.

Art appreciation starts early with a wall-mounted swan. “It’s by Tamar Mogendorff,” says Jessica. “I adore her pieces and would love to collect more.” James chose the light pink Farrow & Ball paint for her vintage bed. Layered vintage rugs make for comfy seating. They call the Noguchi pendant “the moon.”

The couple designed James’s room with distinct “components.” In addition to a sleeping area, they wanted a space for “playing, reading, and being cozy,” says Jessica. Jed built the table, which is encircled by mismatched chairs scored at flea markets. The “set” is unified with a light gray Farrow & Ball paint.


The office doubles as a guest room courtesy of a Murphy bed and side tables hidden in the built-in bookshelves. Jed crafted the L-shape Douglas fir desk. Two Kaare Klint Danish safari chairs flank an Alma Allen table. The photographs are by John Divola.

PHOTOS BY Nicole LaMotte


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