Home Tour: An Earthy, Modernist Renovation in Venice

Amanda Chantal Bacon’s LA beach cottage is an exercise in restraint — and mathematics.

THE DOSSIER: NAME: Amanda Chantal Bacon. TRADE: Founder and owner of pressed juice shop Moon Juice VIBE: Beachy cabin with clean, modernist restraint ABODE: Renovated cottage and guest house in the Venice  neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.

The story of this home begins quite unfortunately. "You think you are putting in a couple of doors," says Amanda Chantal Bacon, who owns LA juice brand Moon Juice, "and you start to take up one tile, and then you realize the whole house is held together by termites." What Bacon thought would be an easy fixer upper eventually came down to slab and framework. To top it off, Bacon had just given birth to her son and opened her juice shop on Rose Avenue in Venice and hadn't planned for the expenses of a total renovation -- thank goodness the juice craze took off.

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With the help of cabinetmaker Eric Lamers, who's well-versed in the designs of Richard Neutra, Richard Schindler, and John Lautner, Bacon transformed her three-bedroom, one-bath purchase into an woodsy modernist two-bedroom, one-bath home with a one-bedroom, one-bath rear guest house. "I really wanted to keep the feel of a small cabin-y, beach cottage," she says. "I wanted to update it and have it feel clean -- and to incorporate what I love about LA, which is taking a small thing and being smart about you use it."

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The renovation required quite a bit of reconfiguration. Planning the kitchen was "a great lesson in mathematics and strategy" says Bacon. An Old-Hollywood-style space, it was tiny, with floating cabinetry and a sink stuck in the corner; "You couldn't even turn your body in it, and there was no light," says Bacon. After looking at countless slabs of marble that she found too cold, Bacon decided on a warm Calcutta gold: "It's got those rust veins and flecks of gold; it's just perfect." Heroically patient, Bacon waited eight months for the marble to be harvested in Italy before her kitchen could be completed. "Spending so many years as a line cook, I'm so used to cooking where space is limited," she says. "It forces you to get really concise and organized."

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In the meantime, she thoughtfully curated an earthy collection of Japanese, European, and Californian furniture and accessories. "It was all about Serge Mouille for me," Bacon says of the French lighting designer, whose signature black, rotating lighting is sprinkled throughout. A number of other light fixtures came from LA's Rewire Gallery, owned by Josh Kritzer, the father of Bacon's son. In the master bedroom, a silkscreened mirror by American artist Man Ray reading "les grands trans-Parents," reflects the foliage of the cottage's lush outdoor space. And for an airy, cloud-like feel, her low-lying platform bed, which is framed with floating nightstands, was draped with crisp, off-white linen bedding. In the end, she says, "I just wanted it to be really simple, clean, and not cluttered, and to make it feel warm, not stark." If only "simple" were so simple.

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Leather Sofa/Daybed Alessandro Bechi Credenza Reform Gallery Richard Taylor Bedroom Mirror Katerina Tana Collection
Floating Americana Oak Nightstand Reform Gallery Bathroom Faucet Vola Spice Rack Vintage Digsmed Denmark

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Rewire Custom Bulb Splitter, $1500, Rewire Creamy White Racka Sheepskin, $249, The Loaded Trunk Kipp Stewart Declaration Bench for Drexel, $2900, 1st Dibs
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Hoffman Armchair, $325, DWR Polished Brass Globe Table Lamp by Karl Springer $8500, 1st Dibs Rizzy Rug, from $68, Rugs USA
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Bilbao Mirror, $399, Z Gallerie Serge Mouille One-Arm Floor Lamp, $2880, DWR Cereal Bowl, $29, Heath Ceramics
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Leather Kirigami Hanging Planter, $70, Steven Alan Rare Anfibio Sofa By Alessandro Becchi, $8800, 1st Dibs French Table Lamp, $4500, Rewire
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Jargala Jars, from $29, Merchant no. 4 Dylan Credenza, $1599, Thrive Eames® Walnut Stool 413 by Herman Miller®, $747, Room & Board
Photographs: Chris Patey
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