Amanda Crew's New Home Is Fresh and Far from Techy
On HBO’s Silicon Valley Amanda Crew (pictured with her interior designer Orlando Soria) dashes between futuristic tech start-ups and glassy VC firms. But when she recently purchased her L.A. house, a 1923 Craftsman, it had more in common with the fratlike “hacker house” the show’s lovable nerds bunk in. “The walls were dingy, the light fixtures were dark and heavy, and the kitchen just felt like this dungeon,” the Canada-born actress, 31, recalls.
Starting from Scratch
But hiding under the gloom (and behind some unflattering real estate photos that allowed her to scoop up the property unchallenged) was the warm, bright hideaway Crew had been hunting for. With some serious help from online design service Homepolish, the first-time homeowner turned her two-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow into a solid investment and a welcoming retreat.
Mixing Old and New
Modern furnishings balance the home’s vintage detailing in the living room. Soria had the tilework on the fireplace, which didn’t fit the new look, painted over with a special primer for a bright, fresh look. “I wanted to respect the history and bones of the place but still feel like I’m in my home, not some weird museum,” says Crew.
The Hot Seat
A vintage-style leather safari chair from Anthropologie is Crew’s favorite seat in the house.
Off the Walls
The artwork is mostly from online resource Minted. Soria suggests picking up affordable pieces to fill your walls and give life to a house as soon as you move in. He notes, “If you don’t hang art within the first year of living somewhere, you’ll never do it.”
Into the Dark
The master’s navy hue is pulled from the designer’s own bedroom. Crew first came across Soria’s work via Snapchat and Instagram and fell for his use of color.
Crew refinished the newer cabinets rather than replace them. Borrowing the scrappy spirit of her TV counterpart, she spray-painted the dated hardware gold herself.