Inside the Los Angeles retreat this female powerhouse calls home.
Welcome to our series, "At Home with...," where we sit down with our favorite design tastemakers to learn about the inspiration behind key spaces in their home.
After moving on from running the online fashion retailer Nasty Gal in 2016, Sophia Amoruso found a new calling—to leverage her experience as an entrepreneur to inspire women to define success on their own terms. Amoruso's digital media firm, , which is also the name of her best-selling career book and popular hashtag, does just that by empowering women with editorial and live experiences across the country.
Despite her busy schedule, the founder and CEO of Girlboss found time to craft a beautiful home in Los Angeles that's full of everything she loves: warm hues balanced with strategic pops of color, natural elements, and vintage accents. "When I bought the house, it had concrete, bright white walls like an art gallery," Amoruso says. "I wanted to incorporate as many natural elements into the space as possible. It was also important for the furniture to not only be beautiful, but also comfortable. The feel of a room is as, or more important, than how it looks."
Here, in her own words, Amoruso shares highlights of her Los Angeles retreat, which was designed by and award-winning architect .
I wanted the kitchen to feel lived-in, but not too messy, since we have an eat-in dining area. That’s why I chose to hide the refrigerator and most of the appliances. I went to the stone yard to choose the marble for the kitchen island. The floors are imported limestone. It stays cool, and warms up the home from its previous concrete floors.
Since I hid many of the appliances, I went with open-shelving to add to the aesthetic of the space. The openness of the kitchen, and the flow into the dining room, lends itself to the entertaining aspect of my lifestyle and makes it a comfortable place for gathering.
The dining room is where families gather, and I've built my own family, including my friends and significant other. I like to entertain, so this room is very special to me. I can cook nearby and still stay close to my guests.
The floor-to-ceiling doors are so lovely to keep open and feel the breeze from across the canyon. My dining table, which is made of slate, is from Egg Collective. I work at it quite a lot. The dining chairs are vintage William Katavolos T-Chairs for Laverne, and the chandelier is Blackman Cruz. What you don’t see in the photo is my desk chair that’s usually rolled to the end of the table.
My bedroom is inspired by a pair of 1970s color-blocked suede shorts I love. The room is sensual, elevated, and floats on air with the view we have. I wanted it to be warm with rich colors and textures. I have had so many boxy, wobbly bed frames, but this one is custom-made silk velvet. This thing is solid. The sheets and blanket are Frette, the Blackman Cruz black lacquer nightstands anchor each side, and the drapes are handmade silk.
My closet used to be a bedroom, but since clothes paid for the house, I figured it was only logical. The light wood and open areas feel a lot like the Melrose Place Isabel Marant store, which I always love going into, and the tinted jewel-tone mirrors feel so '70s Biba. I wanted a jewelbox to hold my most prized and nostalgic pieces—mostly vintage items. My favorite piece in the room is a 1930s Italian vanity that is likely the most expensive item in the house. I sit here and pretend I’m a lady from another era and brush my hair 100 times before bed. Just kidding—I wish!
I found inspiration in a bathroom designed by Joseph Dirand, one of my favorite architects. Negative space, airy openness, and beauty were my number one priorities when designing the room. Then, I considered function. In retrospect, I wish there were two sinks and that the loo had a door.
I purchased the Gabriel Scott light fixture from in Los Angeles. I found this gorgeous Patricia Urquiola-designed matte bathtub, and threw some travertine on the walls. It’s one of my favorite places in the house.