Home Tour: The Eclectic L.A. Home of a Breaking Bad Star
Spanish traditional homes are commonplace in Los Angeles, but actor Matt Jones, best known for his role as Badger on Breaking Bad, and his wife Kelly Daly, also an actor, happened upon one with truly standout details. With hand-painted ceilings, iron-paned windows, an intricate plaster fireplace surround, and sculptural wall reliefs, the bones of the house are something special.
The couple kicked off their decorating process with their main living room by purchasing a few major pieces, including a streamlined cognac leather sofa with nailhead trim and a pair of Danish armchairs—Matt is a midcentury-furniture buff. Having trouble pulling it all together, the pair hired Houston-based decorator Bailey McCarthy to bring the room to life.
“Sometimes it can be challenging to achieve a major transformation when working with so many existing pieces,” McCarthy says. “Luckily in this case, Kelly and Matt had invested in some quality items to start, so our job was really to highlight the architecture of the home and bring out their fun personalities.”
The couple wanted “a layered, eclectic look that combined their love of midcentury with the traditional Spanish architecture of the home,” she says. McCarthy created that with a fresh mix of vintage and new textiles, including an antique cranberry Moroccan carpet from Madeline Weinrib, poufs from Amber Interiors, and throw pillows from her own shop, Biscuit Home, as well as LA décor shop Hollywood at Home. McCarthy says don’t overthink your mix of patterns: “If it feels right to you, it is right. Some of my most successful pairings have been happy accidents.”
Not afraid of colour, Jones and Daly gave McCarthy the go-ahead to liven up the space with happy hues. “We took a lot of our colour queues from the home’s original details. The turquoise [in the hand-painted ceiling] is subtle, but when we brought it in throughout the room, it made the ceiling pop,” she says. When combined, the existing teal French doors, a turquoise rattan peacock chair, a pair of duck-egg-blue gourd lamps, and a deep oceanic blue folding screens create a colour theme that anchors the eclectic mix of décor.
Playful accents like a golden turtle box, Breaking Bad beakers, and a papier-mâché giraffe trophy head contribute to the room’s spirited vibe. Hanging above the fireplace, the giraffe head was actually McCarthy’s greatest find, she says. “For months, Kelly and I had sent back and forth different ideas for art, but the slope of the fireplace made traditional pieces impossible and nothing seemed right,” the designer says. “We found the giraffe at Nickey Kehoe the day before the shoot, and they loved it. It turns out giraffes are one of their special family mascots, and incidentally the scale was perfect.”
Do you like the layered, eclectic style of this space? Which pieces are your favourite? Tell us in the comments.