Once upon a time, at the peak of pandemic-era competitive real estate of no open houses and limited 15-minute showings, Juliana Sullam and Brian Moore set out to purchase their first home. After relocating from New York City to Los Angeles, the design-minded couple was ready to put down roots. “There was no casual dating when it came to the search process,” Juliana recalls. “We had to commit with very little time, but there was a strong gut feeling when we put our bid in.” As luck would have it, that quick decision led them to becoming homeowners of this one of a kind property in the historic West Adams neighborhood. Built in 1927, the space had been carefully renovated to protect its character and was perfectly suited to the duo’s eclectic tastes.
Brian describes the exterior as being akin to a five-year-old’s interpretation of a castle. Rounded turrets and a sloped stone roof place the architecture within the French Gothic Revival style to an exaggerated degree. “It’s kind of like LA in a nutshell,” he says. “There are all these houses inspired by different things from all over the world, and LA’s culture is such an amalgamation of ideas from everywhere else.” But it was the home’s 16-foot ceilings and tastefully minimalist interior finishes that really drew in the couple. The previous owners had taken steps to restore original details and make thoughtful updates, handing over a turnkey space. “It’s an old house that needs care,” Juliana says. “But for the most part, our motto has just been ‘Don’t f*** this up.’”
Without the burden of major renovations, the couple was free to dive right into the fun part of designing any new home—decor and art. The visual language of the interiors centers around organic shapes in neutral hues punctuated by bright pops of color and unexpected details. “I have a child-like obsession with bold, blocky primary colors, like in Eric Carle’s picture books,” Brian says. “We have a shared sense of humor with an affinity for weird, funny art that’s not too precious,” Juliana adds. That taste is perhaps epitomized by the oversized red ampersand sculpture situated in the corner of the dining room which has followed the couple throughout several Brooklyn apartments before making the cross-country trek to California. “Now that we’re not living in a tiny apartment, the thing that keeps coming up for both of us is an ongoing commitment to not cluttering or overcrowding the space,” she says. “Especially when 20% of our communication is just sending each other links to cool light fixtures or chairs,” she laughs.