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Warm Minimalism in a Los Angeles Family Home

by Sofia Tuovinen

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With so much recent talk about minimalism vs. maximalism in the design community, I couldn’t be more excited to share today’s home tour with you. This Los Angeles, CA family home offers the best of both worlds — the sleek aesthetic of minimal design, with the warmth and coziness more often associated with maximalist tendencies.

The woman behind this warm minimalism is Hannah Phillips-Kaplan, founder of , an online destination for home accessories and E-decor design services. Decorating the home she shares with her husband Ari, entrepreneur and CFO of a digital media company, their son Liam and the family’s beloved dog Humphrey has first and foremost been a lesson in trusting her instincts and personal eye for design. Over time, Hannah has learned that she doesn’t need to fill every corner or wall with things — sometimes leaving space lets you focus on the finer details and unique design choices.

Hannah and her family have lived in their 3,900-square-foot house for two and a half years, but finding the home of their dreams wasn’t exactly straight-forward. Hannah and Ari were renovating another home while renting when they decided to sell their project. At the same time, their landlord chose to sell the home they lived in, leaving the couple with two months to find a new place. They saw their current home and loved it, but as it was in escrow they continued their search. A month later, when Hannah and Ari were down to the wire, the house miraculously came back on the market. Needless to say, it felt meant to be.

Despite being a new-build, Hannah and Ari’s home feels like it could have been around for a century. With classic wall paneling, decorative molding and stunning built-in cabinetry, the home embraces traditional charm. It’s the contrast between the classic backdrop and the carefully selected modern pieces that creates the distinctive, harmoniously curated feel. By keeping to a neutral palette, each space in the family’s home feels like a calming retreat that perfectly flows into the next. “I believe a well-curated life begins at home, which means lots of food and wine and a warm, cozy atmosphere,” Hannah shares. Although she feels that decorating her family’s house is a never-ending process, turning it into a home has been more about creating memories than design moments. She adds, “although we all lead busy lives, we make time to connect every day, whether it’s piling in bed together to read books, or watch movies — family comes first.” —

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Image above: “The kitchen is definitely the heart of our home,” Hannah explains. “We love that we can pile so many people in here and it never feels crowded. We can cook together without being on top of each other, and the breakfast nook is where we eat all of our family meals.” To add some warmth to the slick kitchen, Hannah chose wooden Cherner-style bar stools with a modern yet soft silhouette. 

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A marble penny tile backsplash adds beautiful texture to the kitchen. During the week, Hannah loves to bring out Amy Chaplin’s book, . “The lentil soup is amazing!” she exclaims.

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The kitchen offers plenty of storage, with cabinets running all the way to the window bay in the breakfast nook. Marble countertops make the space feel clean, light and refined.

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The tulip style table from the family’s previous home found its ideal spot in the breakfast nook. The above the table was Hannah and Ari’s first “real” lighting purchase. “We spend so much time at this table as a family,” Hannah says. To keep the space feeling fun and casual, she added mid-century-inspired molded chairs.

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“Keeping my minimal aesthetic and finding the balance of home size to amount of objects has been a challenge,” Hannah explains. For an unconventional look, she played with contrast by adding modern chairs with a large, traditional table. The space is now ideal for hosting big parties, like a Thanksgiving dinner for 25 people!

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After visiting a local restaurant that used a vintage table for their wine service, Hannah swapped her traditional bar cart for this vintage marble-top vanity. “I think it fits perfectly in the space, and adds character,” she says. The artwork, a collage found at a secondhand store, is one of Hannah’s favorites.

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“I love having a fully stocked bar for our guests. You never know what cocktail someone might be in the mood for,” Hannah shares.

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Hannah and Ari love the openness of the front room, allowing their guests to easily transition from the dining area to the living space. “Some people will be at the table, while others are having a glass of wine by the fire,” Hannah describes their usual get-togethers.

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The ornate fireplace is the heart of the living area. The grand piano offers family members and guests the chance to strum, play and make memories. Hannah wanted to incorporate some mid-century pieces in the space to offset the traditional bones of the house. She chose a , a piece she has always wanted.

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The feather juju hat above the fireplace was a gift from Hannah’s mother, and adds an eclectic twist to the space.

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The bright, airy and inviting entryway is the perfect introduction to the family’s spacious and open home. To accentuate the length of the entryway, Hannah added a vintage Oushak rug and hung hats on the wall using .

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“When my husband and I travel we make a point to buy something unique for our home. The Edo period vase was purchased on a trip to Tokyo,” Hannah shares.

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Hannah, Ari and Liam with their Cavalier, Humphrey. The family couldn’t be happier with the community they have settled in. “We have really watched our neighborhood grow and develop,” they explain. “We have great neighbors that have become like family, and we all love to entertain. The kids run back and forth from house to house, it’s really fun!”

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The main bedroom is a gathering place for the entire family, including Humphrey the dog. “We all fit in the bed, and I keep sheepskins so they are the first material we feel when we wake up. The room is very airy and light, so warming it up with texture was really important,” Hannah shares.

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Hannah wanted the main bedroom to feel minimal and cozy at the same time, and paired the modern bed with marble tulip tables, her signature linens, custom shades and throw pillows.

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The main bathroom soaks in natural light and is the ideal space to get ready in the morning and unwind before bed.

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The bathtub, tucked into a nook in the bathroom, is Hannah’s favorite spot in the house. “It feels so cozy and like my own little spa,” she says. An African Senufo stool adds texture and warms up the space.

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Finding the ideal mirror for the main bathroom took time, as Hannah and Ari didn’t want to attach anything to the marble. Hannah eventually ended up finding the perfect hanging mirror in a darker metal for warmth.

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“The thing I love most about this house is… the people that live in it!” —Hannah

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Kitchen:
Counter Stools:
Table:
Breakfast Nook Light:

Dining Room:
Chairs:
Lighting:
Bar: Vintage from

Living Room:
Couch: Milo Baughman
Coffee Table:
Chair:
Throw Pillows:
Vase on Coffee Table:

Bedroom:
Bed:
Side Tables:
Lamps:
Throw Pillow, Shades, Cashmere Blanket:
Art:

Bathroom:
Mirrors:
Senufo stool: flea market
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