Home Tour: A Jewellery Designer’s Glam Pacific Palisades Home
Leave it to a jewellery designer to have the edgiest house in town. After she and her husband, Pat, purchased their two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath cottage in Pacific Palisades, L.A., Amanda Thomas, the mastermind behind accessories brand Luv Aj, averted her eyes and creative endeavours from ear cuffs and body chains to wide-plank wood floors and French doors. After four months of renovations and months of décor shopping, the couple created an open, airy, and hip home, which she aptly describes as a “love den,” thanks to its shag carpet accents, fireplace, bookshelves stacked with firewood, and romantic Moroccan accents.
“I wanted our home to feel airy and light but still very modern and not too beachy,” she says of the bluff-adjacent property, which overlooks the beach. “We went for whitewashed wood plank floors, which I think are one of the focal points of the house. When you walk in, it just feels bright and makes our house feel open and much larger than it is.”
The decorating process was definitely collaborative for the newlyweds. “I would scour the Internet and stores for pieces I loved and would give him a few options, and we would choose the final piece from there,” she explains. Though that’s not to say there aren’t a few ladylike touches. “We think our place feels homey and warm with some feminine accents, like our giant hot-pink shag carpet silkscreen on the wall and our brocade mirror in the bedroom,” she says.
In many ways, the interiors reflect Thomas’s personal style—white blouses, black leather pants, and gold and rose-gold accessories are a recurring outfit—and the edgy yet elevated aesthetic of her brand. Her furniture and décor, she points out, have a very neutral palette: nudes, whites, and metal accents. “Seeing as I am a jewelry designer, we had to make sure there were some really dope metal pieces around the house,” she admits. “We got custom bezel-set crystal quartz knobs for our bathroom, sequined Moroccan wedding blankets for the couch and guestroom, and bronze candelabras for the bedroom.” It was “impossible” for her fashion style not to trickle in, she states. “They’re both extensions of my personality, as well as Pat’s.”
Since Thomas and her husband tend to wear a lot of black in their daily lives, they chose contrasting shades for their decorating. “Our color palette is white and oatmeal, with pops of light pink and tons of metallic, like gold, bronze, and rose gold,” she says. “Making everything white made it really easy to shop—all of the major furniture would be neutral, and then all of the accents and smaller pieces would be colored.”
That said, budget, as it is for most people, presented a challenge. “I have very expensive taste, but a lot of my dream items are just that—in my dreams,” she says. “So it was a matter of finding the right look for the right price.” Soon enough, Thomas became “a bargain junkie, only purchasing discounted pieces, comparing prices on tons of sites, and shopping vintage.” In the long run, the price hunting “made all of our purchases that much more thoughtful,” she says. She recommends buying major furniture pieces at reputable yet affordable retailers and then “filling in the blanks with vintage pieces.” As she says, “Scouring flea markets for the finishing touches is the most fun anyway!”
Though searching high and low for affordable pieces isn’t always the most efficient way to shop, sometimes it’s the most impactful. Thomas tells us she and her husband spent six months looking for a light fixture to hang over their fireplace, to no avail. “Then during the Black Friday craze, we found the coolest Moroccan-inspired hanging glass balls and were able to buy two for the price of one,” she reveals. “They are one of the first things people comment on when they walk into our home. We love them so much.” What kind of love den would it be without those cool ’70s-esque fixtures?
Do you like the style of Thomas’s home? Share which pieces you love in the comments.