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When designer Lulu deKwiatkowski moved to L.A. — six months pregnant with twins — she envisioned a home where her yet-to-be-born children could run around barefoot and swim, a place where she could paint, and where friends could hang out. Her own childhood had been nothing short of magical — deKwiatkowski split her childhood between the Hamptons and the Bahamas’ Lyford Cay, which she describes as “a very Babe Paley and Slim Aarons mentality. My parents were really that type.” She wanted her children to have that same casual relationship with both elegant living and the great outdoors.
She now has three sons and her four-bedroom ranch-style house is every inch the dream home she wanted. She converted one of the bedrooms into a studio space where she dreams up vivid textile designs and paintings for her wildly successful lifestyle line
, Lulu DK. “We’ve kept having children, so the house is getting a little squishy,” she says, “but it’s too charming to ever leave.” We loved dropping in on the designer’s beautifully styled home and seeing her colorful take on California living.