Nestled in the hills of Topanga Canyon, a mere thirty minutes from Los Angeles, is an everyday oasis from the hustle of city life. I've adored the home of artist + General Store founder Serena Mitnik-Miller since the moment I laid eyes on it. In fact, for me, it's one of those spaces that makes me re-think everything I thought I wanted in my home someday. In a world where we often assume bigger is better, this cozy canyon escape points us back to a place where fresh-air reigns rampant + simplicity is king. And...it's looking might fine to me.
Built in 1927, the former hunting cabin was lovingly restored by Serena and her husband, architect Mason St. Peter. The couple did much of the demolition work themselves, carefully sifting through the home's various additions to achieve the space they wanted.
Unassuming collections of copper bowls + favourite ceramics adorn the shelves of the kitchen while layers of coats + hats hang like an art piece, ready for their next adventure outdoors.
Much of the furniture was made by friends of the family, although I would imagine General Store favourites find their way here at times. Devoid of bright colours but far from boring, Serena (@maraserene) curates the most gorgeous snapshots of her home + the surrounding hills on Instagram using her hashtag, #OurTopangaHome.
Natural materials allow for the creation of warmth + texture without a lot of added fuss - the whole home feels enveloped in a coziness you can almost feel from just a photo, and yet the look remains uncluttered and simple. There's just something about the way wood ages or leather patinas over time that manufactured materials don't seem to be able to emulate.