Off the Map: Kelly Sawyer Patricof
THE DOSSIER: NAME: Kelly Sawyer Patricof. TRADE: Creative Director of Satine's private label (the boutique is opening its third location in Manhattan Beach this summer). Co-President of charitable organisation Baby2Baby. VIBE: Cosy English meets Californian with some Hamptons thrown in. ABODE: Sprawling shingled bungalow in West Hollywood, CA.
When Kelly Sawyer Patricof and her husband, film producer Jamie Patricof, left their 1400-square-foot Manhattan apartment for Los Angeles, they had two conditions for their new place. The first, was that it have a backyard, which proved not to be a problem: Their '20s bungalow is equipped with secret-garden-perfect roses, a saltwater swimming pool, and a guest house so appealing that it's been nicknamed the Heartbreak Hotel, thanks to the multitude of Kelly's friends who have taken refuge there post-breakup. The second, was that its facade would have Hamptons-style shingles, an homage to Jamie's parents' place in East Hampton. "But no one in LA knew what shingles were," Kelly says. "We finally found someone to cut them out of planks of wood, and even then they could not accept that we wanted them to look weathered." Fortunately, Kelly is well-versed in the art of imports and exports: born in Essex, England, she grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and crisscrossed the globe in her former career as a model.
TASTE OF THE EXOTIC: "It's a real mish-mosh of our travels," Kelly says of her home's nomad-happy aesthetic. There's the Buddha from Thailand, the intricately patterned ashtrays from Morocco, the vintage jewellery box from a Paris flea market, and the myriad bowls and vases picked up at curio outposts on honeymoon in Africa. Personal mementoes are equally compelling: the bedroom's built-in bookcase houses a ukulele carved by Ryan Gosling for Jamie's birthday, drawings by the couple's daughters, and a Strawberry Shortcake figurine from Kelly's childhood.
WHITE OUT In the bedroom, custom cerulean velvet curtains and a vintage silk setee satisfy Kelly's European impulse. "At first I thought I wanted an all-white bedroom, and once it was all white, it was really boring," she says. "I find myself torn between being organised and a mess." The José Parlá painting that now hangs over the couple's bed is a win for her undone side, striking a decidedly un-spartan note: "He has a sort of Basquiat vibe--that bit of street about him," she says of the attraction.
MATTER OF TASTE The Parla is one of the few pieces of art in the couple's collection that did not originate with Patricof's father, an avid collector who gifted the Rauschenberg collage that hangs nearby, a Tony King geometric painting in the living room and Peter Howson's Lethal Weapon, a stoic portrait of a hard-bitten boxer that is installed in the girls' playroom, formerly the family's dining room. "It makes the room less sweet," Sawyer says of the painting's unexpected placement. "After all, it's still an adult room too--I'm in there!"
SUNNY DISPOSITION A bespoke silk and velvet upholstered daybed helps to further temper the innocence of the playroom: It's here where Sawyer can often be found, hanging with her daughters Riley (age six) and Sawyer (age four), and catching up on emails with a cup of PG Tips. "Giving up your dining room is a big deal but we can eat on the patio," she reminds us, validating that alfresco requirement of long ago. "It's the room in the house that has the best light," she adds. "And why wouldn't you spend your life in the happy room?"
|Colourful Photo Albums
|Saarinen Table and Tolix Stools
Design Within Reach
|Stuffed Animal Giraffe
Barneys New York
|Blue and White China
|Bathroom Roman Shades
Silk Trading Co.
|Kitchen Woven Chairs
Lost and Found
Photographs: Justin Coit