How about taking a breath of warm sunny air before the winter settles in? The Socialite Family couldn’t help making a little detour through Los Angeles to meet with Lily White. The grand-daughter of the Johnson & Johnson family whose products made our childhoods softer, Lily is one of these women who decided to change their life for the good of their children! Originally from New York, she worked in fashion for a luxury brand and decided to leave the fast-paced Big Apple to succumb to the charms of California. And the family was teleported to Hollywood to embrace a bohemian-chic lifestyle. She left her stilettos for a pair of sandals and chose to promote local artists while keeping an eye on her two sons Wolfie and West playing in her garden.
Lily, how would you describe your home ?
I loved the traditional East Coast feel of our house when we bought it, but I am slowly trying to bring in a more youthful and relaxed California vibe. It’s eclectic, but I think it really reflects our tastes and interests. Kids, art, travel, cooking, friends and family…I would say those are the themes that most stand out in our home.
Can you tell us about your family ?
My husband and I decided to move our family to California from NYC because we wanted to have a better quality of family-life while our children where small. Since we both work in creative fields (he is an artist and I am working on a project with American artisans) we are able to build our days around the needs of our children. Wolfie (2.5yrs) is our little wild man and West (11M) is the comedian. We are all completely in love with each other. There is nothing that makes me happier than being with my family. Living in LA has been fantastic so far. We have dance parties, go for hikes, play at the beach, go to museums or the Santa Monica Pier. I really feel like we have everything at our fingertips.
Your house feels so happy – can you tell us about your design philosophy ?
Thank you! It is always a work in progress of course, but I hope our home is a haven and also a little bit transporting. I wanted each room to evoke a different mood. I think as much about how I want to feel in each room as I do about what I put in it. Or what I don’t put in it. I am trying to learn to be a better editor! Simplicity without giving up sentimentality and sensuality…that’s my goal.
What is inspiring you most at the moment ?
My friends and family are always my greatest inspiration. Everything I do is somehow informed or inspired by the people I love and am surrounded by. And LA! I’m obsessed with our new home town. Every morning we take a walk outside and see the mountains going strait down to the ocean. It’s so beautiful and I can’t believe I get to live here. I am thinking about starting a blog about cool people making beautiful things in Los Angeles. Everything from furniture to Surfboards. It’s an excuse to explore the city more. I really think LA is having a creative explosion. There are so many talented and amazing people here right now. It’s not just Hollywood anymore.
Do you have a very favorite item (furniture/art etc) – if so can you describe it and tell us its important ?
Oohh that’s a hard one… We are very lucky to have talented friends that made most of the art and some of the furniture in the house. I have many favorites because I am so emotionally connected to them. The Rick Owens chair is up there though. It is from his first collection and I bought it from him at his shop in Le Palais Royal. I think it might have been the first one he sold…
Tell us about the place in your home you most like to relax ?
Taking a bath! I think beautiful bathrooms are a necessary luxury. Our library is very cozy too.
Your favorite places ?
A good restaurant you will love to recommand ?
Finally what 5 words best describe your family ?
We are : Adventurers, Makers, Seekers, Lovers and Laughers.
Interview et artistic direction : Constance Gennari
Photos : Lesley Edith for The Socialite Family