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Bo-ho Chic in Venice Designer Kim Gordon crafts artistic abodes Few people understand the changing face of

Layers of organic and luxurious custom details

our homes. So paying attention to all these factors

Venice better than property designer Kim Gordon;

create a uniquely rich, quintessential California chic

with an emphasis on interior landscaping—which I’m

she is changing the landscape one property at a

contemporary vibe. Once in a Kim Gordon home

planning on working with much more in depth on

time. Gordon designs and develops one-of-a-kind

I guarantee you, you will never want to leave. Her

some new projects—is exciting and very California.

luxury homes in the area, selling them for millions

homes are one-of-a-kind California styled luxury

Mixing crunchy elements with some smooth sling

to creatives who epitomize the new ARTISTIC face

homes that welcome the natural elements of the

on the interior is also very California.

of Venice; and her uber popular, boho-chic modern

outdoors and evoke emotion, along with a casual

homes are intentionally designed with them in mind.

sense of sophistication and warmth. I sat down

You do a fantastic job mixing vintage and modern,

with the ever so approachable and charming Kim

however not everyone can pull this off. What do

Kim Gordon homes are luxury transformations

Gordon, to discuss style, vintage and her perfectly

you feel is the biggest mistake designers make trying

with a focus on natural light and warm interiors.

designed homes…

to achieve this look? Inauthentic choices—I really have some trashed/loved

Gordon stages the homes with custom touches mixed with vintage finds, and flips them for as

I’m a huge fan, your design style is (in my opinion)

up pieces layered into a modern room. Charming

much as $4 million and up. Buyers of her homes

quintessentially California! How has the California

pieces are necessary too. So it’s not too serious—I

include the likes of TBWA\Chiat\Day creative chief

lifestyle influenced your design esthetics?

have a ridiculous Mid-Century tree branch duck that

Stephen Butler and True Religion Apparel Inc. alum

I am from the East Coast and when I first moved here

is in all my houses. People use too much industrial,

Kelly Furano and her husband, Keith Eshelman of

I was confused by all different exteriors, shapes, and

too much metal.

Toms Shoes, plus young tech entrepreneurs from

sizes of houses … now after 20+ years I get it. It’s

Google, Yahoo and Snapchat.

freedom of expression. It’s your imprint on the place

I’m always curious when I meet successful people

you choose to call home. In designing the home, itself,

what their routine is, would you say you are a

The signatures of Gordon’s homes are huge steel-

the design is first dictated by the lot size and shape.

morning person or night person?

framed windows, lighting made to compliment

Then, I watch the sun, feel where the breeze is coming

I wake up at 4:30am every morning and write out

artwork, and plaster walls, hand troweled for texture.

from. This is California and we want nature inside

lists of whatever my brain and heart were working on while I was sleeping. I am in bed reading to my 8 year old at 9pm, so I am pretty perky at 4:30am. I send emails then too! As the builder, as well as the designer, what is the “strangest/oddest” thing you have ever discovered while in the demolition stage? A mummy cat in perfect petrified condition. Soaring spaces and custom steel windows, beautiful details in wood, stone, and hand-troweled plaster are some of your trademark styles. However, I’m

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certain you have heard the term “The devil is in

Your homes have a modern California cozy design

What is your favorite room in your own home?

the details” what are some of the “smaller details”

aesthetic uniquely your own; (put it this way you

I have a 10’ kitchen island that faces the living and

your homes have, that set them apart from the rest?

are not building Cape Cod style homes in Venice

dining rooms, and doors that open to the pool with

The flow of the house, how the light falls from the

California). How have you maintained the integrity

the flowing water from a fountain. Our home is

floor to the ceiling windows, the layers in staging

of your brand while keeping each new home

complete heaven to me.

to include charming bits. Food and flowers on the

distinctly different from the last and not looking

counter when you arrive to see it. And succulents

formulaic?

Your clients may range from tech entrepreneurs to

and plants to add warmth.

I cannot tell you Maggy how much I appreciate you

Pottery Barn Moms, what is the one thing, you find

saying that. Because the windows are so distinctive I

most interesting that everyone loves?

Name three things you do not leave home without?

hear, “Oh, that’s a Kim Gordon House,” and of course

I am so proud and happy that both men and women

After I’ve got back into the house three times to

people are making houses to look a little more like

can find happy here. “We found home where

grab the important things I forget: My lapis ring, cell

ours. But I try so crazy, crazy hard to be different in

we agree … he wants super modern, she wants

phone, and glasses.

every house that my partner Mauricio Suarez gets

traditional.” How cool is that?

annoyed when he suggests the same something Your properties are very recognizable and have

or another from a previous home and I bristle. It’s

virtually changed the landscape of various parts

easier to copy the same house, that’s what’s been

of the Venice community. I’m certain it has not

happening in Venice. Houses are so close together

always been easy; once an area infested with gangs,

that when you get one architect making the same

drug dealing and run down bungalows there are

house, with the same color exterior and the same

now million dollar properties. What has been your

floor plan it ticks off the neighbors. I have two

biggest challenge in the gentrification of Venice?

houses only one house away from each other and

The people who feel that Venice should not change,

I was really challenged to make them different. In

which is a common issue with gentrification. I speak

my mind I called the one house “Winter” and the

of the new artists moving to Venice. They aren’t

second house “Summer.” I am really proud of how

painters anymore, they are fashion designers, movie

different they both are.

people, and of course the people who design games and the Internet. The entire world is changing. The

If I had to pick one thing I love most about your

entertainment field is an industry that has always

homes, it would have to be the ceiling-to-floor

been attracted to Venice and somehow the old guard

windows, and how they bring nature in and

doesn’t want anything fresh … another challenge has

showcase the natural light. What would be yours?

been the architects who started in the 90s with a

The windows for sure, which is Mauricio’s signature.

A Los Angeles based lifestyle designer, Vintage Finds buyer for One

certain design formula: boxier/wood on the ceiling/

The exterior plantings are really important. High

Kings Lane and a veteran apparel industry leader who pioneered

cement floors … when I started to offer a different

ceilings are difficult to wrestle away from the HVAC

several popular children’s brands. She is a Mother, art & nature

style—and mind you I am self taught—I caught a lot

guy. I love bathrooms.

lover, and collector of all things chic for the home.

of flack and still do from the architectural old guard.

WRITTEN BY

Maggy Siegel Contact information: maggysiegelcastyle@gmail.com.

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