For all the possibilities afforded by an exhaustive, soup-to-nuts design project, sometimes the path of least resistance is the quickest road to domestic bliss. Interior designer Jeff Andrews’s temporary home in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles is a case in point. After Andrews married casting director Ken Miller, the couple purchased a new home and began making plans for an elaborate renovation. While that multiyear endeavor unfolded, they moved into a classic L.A. 1930s Spanish-style duplex.
“The place was so simple, so beautiful. The original stenciled wood beams had a historic vibe that felt very peaceful and welcoming,” says Andrews, whose star-studded client list includes Lady Gaga, Kaley Cuoco, and a host of Kardashians and Jenners. “I just moved my stuff in and, miraculously, it all fit perfectly. I drank a lot of wine, shifted pieces around, played with the art hanging, and put a fresh eye on things I’ve owned for years,” he adds.
Andrews’s art collection—which includes dozens of abstract paintings by both pedigreed and anonymous artists, as well as a significant cache of contemporary photography—seems as if it were acquired specifically for the designer’s new home. “It was uncanny how comfortable and appropriate all the pieces felt in this space. The older works are closer to the period of the architecture, and the more contemporary pieces create a bit of welcome aesthetic tension. At the end of the day, I didn’t want to do a straight period interior of any particular period,” Andrews says.
Since major changes to the home were not allowed, nor particularly desired, Andrews simply gave the place a fresh coat of white paint—the walls had been a buttery yellow—and replaced the hodgepodge of existing sconces with one clean, quiet fixture sympathetic to the period architecture. “It’s so liberating to tell yourself that everything’s basically fine. The last thing I needed was another major project,” the designer explains.
In the living room, Andrews placed a custom sofa covered in an Hermès fabric with a pair of lounge chairs from his collection for A. Rudin. The dining chairs, matched with a rugged Atlantis chain table by Formations, represent another selection from the designer’s A. Rudin offering. In the breakfast room, chairs by Roy McMakin surround a classic Saarinen table beneath a capiz-shell hanging lamp. “I’ve had those McMakin chairs for years, and they never look dated or tired. This is the fourth time I’ve refinished them in a different color,” Andrews notes.
A vintage Art Deco table now serves as the designer’s desk, backed by a shallow alcove jam-packed with dozens of ceramic vessels, all in the same earthy palette. In the kitchen, another alcove is chockablock with white ceramics, including a trove of signature Astier de Villatte serving ware. “I’m always buying ceramics. They’re my hoarding obsession. But I tried to edit and pare down the groupings. The alcoves absorbed them in a way that doesn’t feel too cluttered. The older I get, the more uncluttered I want my life to be, even if I can’t always resist acquiring things I love,” he confesses.
In the bedroom, which features a carpet from Andrews’s collection for Mansour Modern, the palette takes a turn into cool grays and blues, perfect for quiet repose. A salon-style hanging of paintings turns the bath into a mini-gallery. “When everything was installed, I had to ask myself, ‘Why are we moving into another house?’ Honestly, I could live here forever,” the designer claims. “But there are better things to come.” Spoken like a true decorator.