Trend forecaster Anne Ziegler has made a career out of being on the cusp of the latest styles. Now, after a decade of cramped apartment living in New York City, she embraces the laid-back vibe of her new Los Angeles home.
When Anne Ziegler and husband Scott Manson began hunting for a house in Los Angeles last year, they were seeking an oasis from their busy careers. "My job is so visual," says Ziegler, who works as a trends consultant for brands such as Express and Tory Burch. "I spend all day looking at magazines, books, and blogs for inspiration. So we wanted a peaceful place in the canyon away from the over stimulation of our lives." Ziegler-who relocated to California in 2012 after nearly a decade in Manhattan-was also looking forward to stretching out a bit and ditching the compact, space-saving furniture that had been a necessity of New York City living.
Ziegler likes to rotate art throughout the home; this framed photo, of the rock band The Kills, was taken by her friend Victoria Will. In fact, "much of our artwork was made by our talented friends," she says. "It makes us happy to see their pieces every day."
Eventually, the couple stumbled upon a 1,600-square-foot two-bedroom residence high in the hills of Laurel Canyon. The 1934 abode had recently undergone a top-notch renovation that updated the home with whitewashed pine floors and a crisp white color scheme. "We fell in love with the airy, open space," Ziegler explains. "High ceilings, beams, and lots of natural light."
Aside from the extra room, Ziegler says it's the creative control of owning a home that she's found most rewarding. Since moving in, the couple have made few cosmetic changes, instead focusing on filling their rooms with pieces of personal significance. "The style of the house hasn't been planned," Ziegler says. "It's a spontaneous accumulation of things I've gathered for years. I believe that when you consistently buy things that speak to you, they work together."