Tour the Hip L.A. Home of Fall Out Boy's Guitarist
Combining furniture from their former homes in New York and Chicago, Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman and his wife Marie Goble “had a big list of furniture and accessories to play with from the get-go,” says interior designer Mat Sanders of Consort Design (who also happens to be Domaine’s creative director). “The process was definitely a lesson in editing down,” he adds. “Our previous homes had completely different styles, and some of the furniture was so specific to those spaces,” Goble tells us. Trohman was headstrong about reusing as much as possible: “I was adamant about trying to make as much of it work as possible.”
To add another challenge to Consort’s plate, the house had distinct Spanish-style architecture that everyone wanted to keep intact. “The home is one of those perfectly scaled Spanish style homes in the hills,” Consort co-founder Brandon Quattrone says. The couple’s directive was to “make this home ours, without doing too much to the integrity of the house,” Goble says. No redoing the bathrooms or kitchen. No moving walls. No major construction. In the end, Consort provided “some much-needed updates where it counted, like the kitchen, bathroom, and basement,” via painting, new tile work, and flooring, Quattrone says.
To add some fuel to the fire, “I was pregnant, we were moving from one coast to the other, and Joe was touring with his band pretty regularly,” Goble reveals. “We started work right after New Year’s and Ruby was born in April.” Time was of essence. “Knowing we had a hard deadline of a newborn en route was both a blessing (because the project had a firm end date) and a challenge (because we really had to push to get decisions made and execute the vision),” Sanders says. “It ended up being such a good thing because it forced us all follow our instincts and pull the trigger.”
Consort’s “cool, thrown-together, slightly irreverent style,” was a perfect match for the couple since they “were trying to marry so many styles of furniture together,” Goble tells us. Plus, they had some truly standout pieces to work with—including a beautiful leather desk that had served as their New York dining room table, and an expandable dining room table they’d purchased years ago in Chicago (“It was the first real piece of furniture I owned, and I was strangely proud of it,” Trohman shares). Despite being willful about reusing existing pieces, “I ended up admitting, more than once, that we needed to get some new things,” Trohman says. With Joe as a musician, and Marie having a background in art, “both were creatively open-minded and allowed us to take risks,” Quattrone says. “We were able to incorporate some of the hottest designers like Studio Dunn, Bourgeois Boheme, and Lawson-Fenning.”
To make everything feel cohesive, a colour palette of lots of black, white, and mixed metals was “a no-brainer for the space,” Sanders says. “Plus, black and white will never go out of style, and will always feel fresh.”
Modern lighting and patterned tile injected a bit of edge into the classic Spanish-style of the home—not to mention Trohman’s collection of musical equipment. “Aesthetics are half the fun of gear,” the guitarist admits. “Most of it sits in my studio, but I keep a few things in the living room—partially for the look, and partially to pick up and play if the mood hits.” With its Plexiglass body, the musician describes his 1969 Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar as “a beautiful oddity.” Sitting adjacent to the shiny black piano, “It fits very well in that room,” Trohman says. “It also sounds really cool for those who care.”
“Marie’s directive for the nursery was that she wanted it to feel like a nice room, not necessarily a kid's space,” Quattrone says. “So we really decorated with a bit of adult-like restraint, while incorporating whimsy with a gold-leafed heart mural and a gallery wall of papier-mâché animal trophy heads from Nickey Kehoe.” Goble admits the gold-leafed heart is one of her favourite elements of her new home: “It makes me so happy.”
Trohman’s favourite new décor item is a little less P.C.: “I love the glass coffee table with the bronze ram skulls,” he says. “If Black Sabbath were part disco, that’s where they would cut the lines for the after party.” The frequent traveller admits, though, that what he loves most is “sitting around the house and doing whatever the girls want.” “I love where we live, I love my family, and I don’t get to be with them as much as I’d like to. So hanging around the house with them is really the best,” he says. “Time with the dog is great too. I get to do the standard issue American male thing and play fetch with him out in the yard.”
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