Two talented friends revamp furniture guru Glenn Lawson’s hillside bungalow.
“I could do this for anyone else,” says Glenn Lawson, gesturing to his artfully arranged Los Feliz abode. “And I have. I help clients with their homes all the time. But when it came to my own home, I was stuck.”
Lawson is one half of the duo behind Lawson-Fenning, the contemporary furniture showroom with two Los Angeles locations and a third, scheduled to open on Sunset Boulevard in Silverlake later this summer. Back in 1997, when Lawson and Grant Fenning were graduate students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, they opened nearby Rm. 107. In 2000, they created their namesake L.A. shop and have quickly become local authorities on vintage modern furniture, and a go-to source for pieces by emerging West Coast designers.
Two years ago, when Lawson moved from an angular contemporary house in Silverlake to this ’20s-era Spanish-style residence, he started from scratch.
“I painted everything white and tried to breathe for a little bit, just live in the space and see what happened,” he says. A year later, he contacted old friends David John Dick and Krista Schrock, new partners in design firm Disc Interiors. Schrock, who previously worked for designers Nickey Kehoe and Jane Hallworth, was also known for starting the artful indie magazine Collected. Dick, an artist and a former glass blower, shares Schrock’s love of classic interiors with a rustic edge; and layered, textural rooms that use color and accessories sparingly.
“It was a treat to work with Glenn, who is such a collector and lives with so many beautiful things,” says Dick. “It challenged me to learn how to deal with so many objects.”
Schrock and Dick installed a Plain English-inspired kitchen with green cabinetry and Carrara marble countertops, and they turned a warren of lower level rooms into a handsome master suite with a sitting area and patio. Lawson has since adapted to his refreshed surroundings quite well, though he’ll swap out a sofa from his warehouse at a moment’s notice. “I can’t help it,” he explains. “I’m addicted.”
Written and edited by Christine Lennon
Interior photos by David Gilbert
Exterior photos and office by Mor Weizman