Designer Hillary Thomas helps One Kings Lane co-founder Alison Pincus decorate her sister’s dream home in the Hollywood Hills
If you happened to find yourself with a toddler, a baby on the way, a new home in the hills of Los Angeles and no inkling of how to furnish it, as Lauren Gelb Weisbarth did, it wouldn’t hurt to have Alison Pincus for a sister. Pincus and co-founder Susan Feldman launched One Kings Lane, the ever-popular luxury home goods flash-sale site, in 2009. In just four years, the California-based retailer (with offices in L.A., S.F. and New York) has grown exponentially, doubling profits in 2011-2012 to $200 million. OKL introduces 2,000 new products daily through 20 sales, offering lines like Peacock Alley and Cuisinart. But the “Tastemaker Tag Sales” have become its signature. The company has fostered relationships with many leading CA interiors talents, including Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland and Michael S. Smith, all of whom hand-pick vintage and antique items for the site.
“It’s a completely curated market,” says Andrea Stanford, vice president of merchandising, designer and vintage sales. “We’re not putting anything out there that we don’t want to buy ourselves.”
Which brings us back to the sisters, who worked with Brentwood-based interior designer Hillary Thomas to furnish Gelb Weisbarth’s home with a mix of re-furbished pieces like a painted turquoise console; a few of Thomas’ favorite accents, including Meg Braff wallpaper, a Foo Dog lamp and Schumacher fabric; and accessories from the OKL trove. “Lauren was specific about her overall objective to create a comfortable, inviting space, but she was relieved to have us take over. And Hillary is great at creating that old/new, layered look,” says Pincus, who feels people are more likely to treat their home as they do their wardrobe, swapping out pieces with the season or adding small pops of color and texture. “The notion of designing a home just once and never letting it evolve is outdated. Fashion has had such an influence within the interior design community.”
“My aesthetic and Alison’s are completely simpatico,” says Thomas. “Use what you have. Make it work. Update with accessories. Play a little. Ultimately, the goal should be a fun family house that’s very livable.” hillarythomas.com.
Written and edited by Christine Lennon
Photographs by Nicole Lamotte: Courtesy of One Kings Lane