Topanga Home

Topanga Home: The New House – with before pictures and sneak peeks of initial to do’s.

We moved in. Or well, we closed on Monday, so the house is now official ours. A few sleeps in now and it all seems so very real. Today, I am introducing a new feature calling it Topanga Home Thursday, which well… will be thoughts and ideas about the new house – and the top photo, it’s not it, YET, sadly. This is from Swedish PR Maven Hans Hjelmqvist very sophisticated and stylish home, which was recently shown in Residence, but it will make up as my source of inspiration.

On the real Topanga house update. As I said, we are in. Finally. As everything else, okay, almost everything, here in the US, there was drama involved. To close the deal on the new house, we had to close on the old house first. For you Scandinavians, close basically means signed seal delivered aka. SOLD. The process of selling is a bit upside down compared to how we do things in Denmark at least. I wont get into that whole process now though, but the final drama entailed the new owners not making up their mind on which loan officers to work with, in the very last minute. With a little extra push from Mr. LA, we finally the work done and we could close on the new house.

Our old house was great, but this one is a step closer to our dreams about me spending more time here, potentially make the big move for real. It is basically three times as big as the old house, so now we don’t have to sit on top each other (no pun intended) all the time, now we have a huge living/dining room, a kitchen, a guestroom, a master bedroom and an office… EACH! And it all comes with a massive patio, literally the size of the old house, and a two-car garage.

Today, I wanted to share the before pictures of the Easter egg house. Yup, that’s what people referred to with this house, and I am almost sure you can see why. We first saw the house around Thanksgiving last year when it just got on the market – but after almost 4 months on with no other interested buyers, we made an offer. And well, they accepted.

The house has great bones, great layout and we both pictured ourselves, well mostly me, as Mr. LA doesn’t drink, sitting in the living room (or on the patio) sipping white wines, listening to the birds and some soft jazz watching the sunset. Anyway, I think, as it is with many house being sold, if the colors on the wall is off, buyers just cant see past it. Our luck really, because, boy, this one need some paint – and lot of it. I am not kidding when I say, when standing in the living room you could see a handful of very bad color choices; lime green, yellow + a lot of really yellow wood.

I got first picks on office, choosing between the room with all storage or the pink room facing the garden. I choose the pink one. Let me just be clear, I am not keeping the colors, obvi. I can’t wait to start making this space mine. I haven’t decided on what I want to do with it – it’s a working process. I’ll be spending all summer (again) in LA, so that’s going to be my main focus.

To move in, we wanted it all painted, the floors planed, and the fireplaces redone. So we did. We got all the wooden ceilings painted all-white and all walls painted a greyish warm white. Now it is time to look at what we got, make that work and slowly find new pieces that we both like, which won’t be the biggest challenge. We are both pretty keen on a Scandinavian-Modern-Minimalistic-Contemporary-Midcentury-California-Canyon-House look. What will be the challenge is that we like the Scandinavian furniture, which is not widely accessible here. YET. And with me coming from a country where furniture is of such a high standard it is hard to fully comprehend the Americans approach. Many of the high street brands like West Elm, Pottery barn etc. are great, but not über good quality, and I even find the supposable high end brands like Restoration Hardware to be a little too expensive for what it is. But, I am sure we will get there. The good thing is also, that California is huge, so we are also looking to get some pieces custom-made, which might even be a better solution.

So that’s where we are at right now. We have moved in, but not really moved in. It’s great, but not perfect. It’s getting there and I think we will get a lot done throughout the summer, and as we progress I will be revealing them accordingly. It would be super cool to just make one big reveal of EVERYTHING, I really want to bring you along, hence this new blog series.

I really cannot wait to share more of this amazing house with you guys. Just to give you all a little sneak peek, because, you know I can’t keep it all to myself forever, here’s a little shot I took of our replanted ficus, just because I want you to get as excited as I am.

Thoughts? Comments? Opinions?


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  • Reply
    May 3, 2019 at 20:02

    Det ser så spændende ud! Jeg glæder mig helt vildt til at følge med hver torsdag.

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    May 5, 2019 at 16:51

    Man I feel you about the American furniture ?.
    Efter 30 år i USA og en del amerikanske sofaer er jeg endt med den klassiske sorte læder sofa fra IKEA- mest fordi vi har hunde og den er nem at tørre af ?.
    Glæder mig til at følge med i udviklingen af dit nye hus.
    Vil du dele hvad grå maling i har brugt?

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      May 6, 2019 at 21:21

      Der er heller intet i vejen for IKEA 😉 Hvis du kan vente lidt, så laver jeg et blog indlæg om maling mm.

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