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A Bright, Friendly Los Angeles Home

Rebecca Lehrer's LA Home

Rebecca Lehrer, the co-founder of The Mash-Up Americans, a website and podcast about diversity, lives with her husband Neil, and their dog Gunther, in Los Angeles. Their colorful home is a mash up of cultures itself, full of heirlooms from her Jewish El Salvadoran family and treasures they’ve collected from while traveling. It also happens to be the perfect space to host a BBQ. Here’s a peek inside…

LIVING ROOM (LEFT SIDE):

Rebecca Lehrer's LA Home

Painting: Shaun O’ Dell. Vase: Kimi Nii.

On blessing our home: When moved into our new home two years ago, many of our friends offered up their cultural rituals to make sure everything was set for happiness and prosperity. Each advice-giver assumed their new-home ritual was a given. “Of course, you will boil milk,” said our Hindu friends. “You got new mops and brooms, right?” asked our friends who know feng shui principles. We also abided Jewish tradition and brought bread and salt with us, we burned sage and, of course, we had a housewarming party.

Rebecca Lehrer's LA Home

On waiting to change things: When we moved in, I wanted to change so many things, but my dad, who’s an architect, gave us some advice. If we live in the house for a while before making any major decisions, we might be surprised how we actually use the space. You’ll know what really matters to you, and he was completely right. 

On family furniture: The circular coffee tables from the 1970s were in my parents’ house growing up. I like the graceful shape — it has obviously stood the test of time. A few years ago, my brother, who is an artist, convinced our parents to let him dip them in copper. They ended up not liking it, so I inherited them! I love having something that has been passed down.

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Tan sofa chairs: Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pink pillow: Atolye 11, Istanbul. Painting over fireplace: Shaun O’ Dell.

On house drinks: We love entertaining, so we turned the bookshelf in the living room into a bar. We recently went to Louisville, Kentucky, and got really into bourbon. Lately, our drink of choice has been a Boulevardier — a mix of bourbon, sweet vermouth and Campari. It’s delicious. A mint julip never hurt anyone either.

LIVING ROOM (RIGHT SIDE):

Rebecca Lehrer's LA Home

Rebecca Lehrer's LA Home

Sofa: Crate and Barrel. Sofa pillows: Crate and Barrel. Arc lamp: CB2. Red bookcase: IKEA. Coffee table: IKEA.

On pastel walls: Before this, we were living in a dark old craftsman. So walking into this bright space for the first time felt like we had a whole life ahead of us — it had such a good energy. We wanted to keep it as light as possible, so my dad suggested painting the walls pastel colors. I never thought I’d be a pastel person, but we went for it and the house is still airy, but very calming at the same time. We have walls that are lavender, pale green, grayish blue and very light orange — and they all change color depending on the time of the day.

On IKEA: We always assumed that we’d grow out of our things from IKEA, but we got this red bookshelf ten years ago and we still love it. It has moved with us four times! It’s functional and beautiful, we’ll never get rid of it.

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Woven chair: The Carrot Concept, El Salvador. Magazine basket: Jarontiques.

On collecting while traveling: We’ve been lucky enough to find amazing pieces while traveling over the years. The pillows in our living room are from our honeymoon in Istanbul; our woven chairs are from a young designer we met in El Salvador; the colorful rug is from Jerusalem, where my grandmother and grandfather lived for 30 years before moving to El Salvador.

KITCHEN:

Rebecca Lehrer's LA Home

Orange kettle: Le Creuset.

On cooking together: My husband and I cook together multiple times a week, it’s our main hobby. He is more of the gourmet — I’ve learned a lot from him. Now I know the importance of good knives and fish sauce! For every birthday, we always get each other cookbooks. One of our favorites is Vietnamese Home Cooking by Charles Phan, and we also try recipes from Bon Appétit.

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Vase: Siemon & Salazar.

On weeknight dinners: My husband travels for work a lot during the week, so when he’s out of town I will make a really basic meal. My go-to is cabbage salad with feta. I just chop up a purple cabbage and mix it with cheese, scallions and red wine vinegar. I could eat an entire cabbage in one sitting if I had to.

DINING ROOM:
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Table and bench: handmade. Chairs: Modernica. Chandelier: Martha Stewart.

On copper: We have copper accents throughout the house — it’s definitely an important theme. My brother made our dining room table and the bench that goes with it and dipped them both in copper. The bench is particularly great because we can fit more people if we want to have a dinner party. Neil and I eat at the dining room every night when we’re both here.

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On a welcoming home: We got married in Los Angeles in 2012. We decided to do a Ketubah (a Jewish marriage contract), and promised each other that we would always have the doors of our house open for our friends and family to eat delicious, healthy food; that there would always be a bed available in our home for anyone who needs one. This is something that is very important to my husband and me, and a commitment that we’ve made to each other.

OFFICE:
Rebecca Lehrer's LA Home

On working from home: My home office looks out over the lemon tree in our backyard. I like having a separate space instead of just working in the kitchen or bedroom, so I’m not confusing my work space with my life space. It’s also a delight to work at home with my dog. He likes to hang out here with me, and sometimes my mom’s dog, Lola, comes over, too. I work at the Neuehouse the other days. When you’re entrepreneur, it’s helpful to be able to change hats.

BEDROOM:
Rebecca Lehrer's LA HomeLinens: West Elm. Nightstand: West Elm.

Rebecca Lehrer's LA HomeVase: Tortoise General Store.

On nightly rituals: Ever since I was little, I haven’t been able to fall asleep without reading. It can be any kind of book, and sometimes it’s only for a minute, but I need to read something. I’m currently reading the The Sympathizer — it won the Pulitzer and the author, Viet Thanh Nguyen, is a Vietnamese American. I also have to wash my feet every night before I go to bed. I think it’s from living in New York for over ten years and walking around all the time. I could just never go to bed with dirty feet and even though I’m back in L.A., I wash them with soap, cold water and a cheap scrubby thing every night.

BACKYARD:
Rebecca Lehrer's LA HomeLawn furniture: DM Braun. Hammock: El Salvador. Rug: Mad Mats. Table and chairs: Fermob Bistro.

On entertaining: We have about eight to fifteen people over at least once a week for an outside dinner party. It’s all pretty spontaneous — my husband and I will just wake and and say, “Do we want to have people over?” We do a lot of carnitas, Momofuku’s Bo Ssam, and pork buns. This summer, we’ve been grilling steak rubbed with coffee grounds and cumin.

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On gardening: My mom is a landscape architect. Almost every Saturday she shows up with a bunch of new plants and basically uses our garden as a place to experiment. I’m pretty lucky! She’s into sustainable design and since California is in the middle of a drought, she has become excellent at finding drought-resistant plants. She just told me that she’s going to make us a cactus garden.

Rebecca Lehrer's LA Home

On shabbat dinners: Fridays are for family. My dad and I both grew up in Los Feliz, which is about a mile and a half from where I live now. My grandma still lives there, and most of our family lives in the surrounding area. She has 11 grandkids and nine of us are back in L.A., so every Friday some combination of us gets together at one of our houses for a very non-traditional Shabbat dinner. We’ll host it in our backyard about once a month. We’ll grill salmon and make a bunch of salads; sometimes we’ll order from Carousel, this amazing Armenian restaurant in Hollywood.

Rebecca Lehrer's LA Home

On hummingbirds: My husband’s mother, who passed away, really loved hummingbirds. So, my mother planted a bunch of plants in our backyard that attract hummingbirds. Now there are always a few flying around our garden and it makes us feel the love from both our moms.

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Thank you so much, Rebecca!

P.S. More house tours, including a bright apartment in Copenhagen and a charming nursery.

(Photos by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo. Interview by Megan Cahn. Standing lamp in top photo: Jarontiques.)

  1. This is beautiful. I really think a small or medium fish tank would be a great addition. If you have an interest or need help with it let me know.

  2. Lauren says...

    Did you ever find out where the jewelry holder is from? xo

  3. This home decorating looks so beautiful. I really love a bright home. Learn more from here.

  4. loved this interview, and such a fan of how tightly-edited it is. do you have any tips on the tricks to a great interview? Congratulations, Stella !

  5. This home decorating looks so beautiful. I really love a bright home. Learn more from here.

  6. Nicole says...

    Such a beautiful home, and I loved the comment about the hummingbird plants… what a wonderful gift from your mother & such a sweet way to think of both of them.

  7. Kyveli says...

    Rebecca,

    I can’t believe that, after so many years, I stumble across photographs of your beautiful home on Cup of Jo! This really made me smile.

    Much love from Greece xxx

  8. lucy says...

    What a lovely home! I also follow your podcast (yay!) and it was a happy surprise to see you on COJ. Love how your house combines multiple aesthetics but in a very peaceful, loving way. A true mash-up! Hugs from another mash-up new Angeleno :)

    • Rebecca says...

      LUCY! That’s the best! Thank you so much for the kind words and for listening the podcast. Mash-Up Angelenos FTW. xx

  9. Ah I would so love to have a cactus garden too!

  10. Kerri says...

    Lovely home and post! I would love to know where the jewelry holder is from as well.

  11. Courtney says...

    Such a beautiful, well-curated house! Love seeing the beautiful home of a fellow Angeleno. Also, I spy a Plastica rug in the living room (left side). We have the same one!

  12. Betsy says...

    Love this home! So warm and welcoming. I’m guessing those Amber canisters in the kitchen are vintage? Would love to know where I can find some.

  13. Jen says...

    Absolutely lovely! Is that a wire bear head on your mantle? I really love it!

  14. Beautiful house and decor. I’m pretty sure that coffee table is West Elm and not Ikea btw :)
    It is inspiring to see how pretty simple can be and now I want to paint my walls white and get rid of all and any clutter.
    I like the bedtime routine!!

    • Rebecca says...

      Hey! I’m so glad you like my feet washing routine…so funny to read it here!

      I know it’s hard to believe, but that coffee table is definitely Ikea! From the Stockholm collection. Ours is from over 8 years ago, but here’s the current one: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70239710/

  15. Tyler says...

    love it! i want that rug from their living room so bad – sigh. of course its an heirloom! love the advice about living in the house for a while before changing anything.

    • Rebecca says...

      Tyler! I’m so glad you like the rug. We got it in the Old City of Jerusalem…it’s a far trip but maybe you can find something similar!

  16. Beautiful home. So soothing with lovely pops of color. I love your philosophy though I have to laugh at having Shabbat and pork carnitas. :) your yard is amazing, your mom is very talented! and the copper is what first caught my eye, LOVE IT!

    • Rebecca says...

      Shabbat and Pork Carnitas…it’s totally my life. A big mash-up surprise of delicious contradictions! Thanks for your note.

  17. Any chance the homeowner can provide paint colors (specifically for the living room)? I’m ready to get out the paint brush!!!

  18. Jen says...

    What pastel undertone is the living room wall (with the red rug). I’m painting the Partment and our furniture is quite similar….

    • Rebecca says...

      Jen! I am trying to get colors for you, but don’t have them easily on hand. It’s a greyish blue. Can’t wait to see yours.

  19. I love everything about this house (the very concept of pastel walls!), the home (warm and welcoming), her words (what a lovely woman), and of course the dogs:) Thank you for sharing with us!

  20. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home! Also, my grandfather moved from Ramallah to El Salvador, where he met my grandma :)

    • Rebecca says...

      Yay for surprise Salvadorans! Thanks for your note – Rebecca

  21. Kat says...

    Absolutely stunning. I’d love to know what those tree/hedges are. We are looking for a privacy hedge.

    • Rebecca says...

      Hi Kat! That hedge is a ficus benjamina. -Rebecca

  22. Bri says...

    This post makes me wish I was Rebecca’s friend.

    • Agreeed!

    • Rebecca says...

      THAT’S SO NICE BRI! Thanks for your note -Rebecca

  23. Blythe says...

    My husband and I entertain often and I can say with 110% confidence that no one will ever regret making Momofuku’s Bo Ssam!! It’s perfect for a party, you’re friends will be SO impressed and it is to die for. So, so good.

    • Rebecca says...

      Couldn’t agree more. That scallion ginger sauce is the best! – Rebecca

  24. Samantha says...

    I loved this post so much, it gave me teary eyes a couple of times. The wooden floors are so beautiful against those rugs. My dad is Israeli and he still has a very similar rug that I’m almost sure he got in Jerusalem, except his is green but the design is super similar. That gave me a childhood flashback. The ketubah… omg, I wanna copy that and include it in mine when I marry. My bf and I definitely feel the same way about having people over and cooking for them. About the Shabbath dinners, my family has always had them. My dad cooks the whole Friday afternoon to make me and my brother a traditional Shabbat dinner with a million different recipes. And when he can’t cook, we’ll have dinner out. Loved, loved, loved this post <3.

    • Rebecca says...

      Shabbat whether it’s at home or at your favorite restaurant is the best. It makes so much sense to take that evening and be together. I’m so happy to read about your family traditions. And can’t wait to see how your Ketubah turns out!

  25. I love how they blessed their home with all their friend’s traditions. So beautiful.

    Also, I would love to know what paint they used. I have been on the prowl for paint in our new place and those pastels are exactly what I’m looking for!

  26. Mo says...

    What a gorgeous home! I live in LA and am looking for a landscape architect, would you be open to sharing your mom’s business with us? Thank you!

    • Rebecca says...

      Hi MO! My mom’s business is mlagreen.com. Check it out!

  27. Michelle says...

    I think there is something so beautiful honoring your loved ones with a plant, flowers, or a tree. My mother-in-law has roses bushes for my husband’s grandfather, trees for her father and mother who have passed away. I think it’s a living reminder that they are always with us.

  28. Rob says...

    What’s that big broad leaf plant in the living room?

  29. Nicole Brant says...

    This might be my favorite one yet. Love the pastel walls. Paint color really impacts a room. I’d like it if the paint colors were noted along with the decor items. Please and thank you :-)

    • Rebecca says...

      I feel terrible but I don’t have the paint colors readily available. If I can find them will let you know! -Rebecca

  30. Gorgeous home. I grew up in LA and miss it – this is a great example of light and airy LA living.

  31. Katie says...

    Beautiful home! I love the focus on food and family. They’re so important, and are things I want to focus on in my own home.

  32. Erin says...

    Although our styles are a bit different, I resonate with this writer the most. So many kooky similarities: I have the exact bedtime routine. Must wash feet; must read if it’s only a page or two. Also, my husband is Dutch and we live in the rainy, windy Netherlands, but we made the exact same two policies for our home when we got engaged and talked about our philosophies: good, simple food for friends, families, and neighbors (making the meal stretch to accomodate last-minute meal guests), and an extra bed for whoever needs it. Love to read about some kindred spirits nine time zones away!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that, erin!

    • Rebecca says...

      Get ready Erin – Neil and Gunther and I might show up in the Netherlands at your house! So glad we share so much of the same philosophy. – Rebecca

  33. emily says...

    Where in LA is this? We are researching neighbourhoods and it’s so hard…and some of the houses online are dreadful! Just curious where some interesting, cool people with nice cool homes might live! (i know the answer is ‘all over the place’…but still)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks for your note, emily! they live in atwater village.

    • emanuella says...

      You’re so right in that the answer is “everywhere”. L.A. is massive and the best advice I, as a native who’s lived in five different parts of the city, can give is- live close to either work or your friends! Seriously, there are fabulous things about every subsection of L.A. but traffic is the most draining part of the whole experience. Reduce your time in traffic by living close to friends or work and you’ll up your experience ten-fold! Also, welcome to the city! :)

  34. Can I know where is that incredible hammock from?

  35. crimsonlips says...

    I’m curious about the coffee rubbed steak… does it enhance the steak’s flavour??

    • Michelle says...

      It’s the best!! I like to rub it on with chili powder too and let it sit for a little while. Or mix grounds into a wet marinade.

    • Rebecca says...

      Hey! I totally agree with Michelle to add chili to the cumin and coffee. We use a gas grill so this brings out more of a wood grilled flavor. Also, it’s incredibly easy to experiment with! – Rebecca

  36. Beth says...

    This was so lovely and the part about the hummingbirds and the two moms made me teary!

    • Jame says...

      Me too, Beth!

  37. Oh man, I was born and raised in L.A. and was just talking to my mentor about “who can afford to buy a home here?”. That said, this house is a (totally unattainable) dream. Fun to look at!

    • Michelle says...

      Ah, I feel your pain. Currently living in a very expensive shoebox (rental) in Santa Monica and feel like we’ll never save up enough to buy something.

  38. Sommer Brown says...

    This home is so beautiful, as are many in this series! I love the idea of intentionally having an open home for family and friends; our house is often full of guests and we like it that way, but I feel that I could set it up better so that it is always welcoming.

    Also, if you can find out, where is the headboard in the bedroom from, please? I feel like you might tell me that it’s a DIY…it’s so simple and I love it! Thanks!

    • CM says...

      I’d also love to know where the headboard is from. Thanks! Such a beautiful home!

    • Katie says...

      Yes, please tell us where that headboard is from!

  39. Love the colorful rugs and stylish dining room chairs!

  40. Alex says...

    This makes me want to move to LA immediately. That back yard!!!

  41. This is gorgeous. I love seeing the interiors of people’s houses and finding out where they come from. It motivates and inspires me for when I will get a home of my own!

  42. I always learn something new about cultures around the world when I read your blog Joanna.

    And I want plants that attract hummingbirds.

    Shruthi
    http://nyambura.co

  43. What a lovely home! I especially love the exterior shot at the very end. Such awesome curb appeal

  44. That gorgeous rug the colors are fantastic!

    • Rebecca says...

      It’s my favorite thing in my house Stephanie. So glad you like it! -Rebecca

  45. catherine says...

    such a welcoming home!! so lovely to read more about the stories behind each section of the space as well :)

  46. Beautiful! I was wondering how do people travel with Rugs (or bigger purchases) on their travels? I always see beautiful things but I don’t know how to get it home (NZ) without shipping costing a million bucks!

    • Cynthia says...

      I have shipped artwork from countries numerous times and it’s not as expensive as you think. It may take six weeks, but it doesn’t cost a fortune. I don’t think anyone carries a rug with them for the duration of their travels!

  47. This house is gorgeous! Every time you post a house tour (an actual house), I hate apartment life a little more. You’ve posted some gorgeous apartment tours and I love those, too, but in Nevada, apartments are rentals, not purchases, and we can’t do much without paying or losing deposits. I crave a space I can put my mark on.

  48. Libbynan says...

    If I hadn’t read the interview, I would have said, “not my style.” But the thoughtfulness of the whole thing won me over. I can tell she realizes what a resource her family is. And the fact that she actually listens to and takes their advice is marvelous! What a wonderful home they have made. Just love it.

    • Angela says...

      Agreed. I love to hear about the wonderful connections people have with their families, traditions, etc. Though the interior of the home is still not my style, I have a real appreciation for this tour.

  49. Lindsay says...

    Oh my goodness! There’s a book on your bedside table — Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity — that I saw in the MoMA NYC bookstore a few years ago, forgot the name of, and haven’t been able to find since. I’ll periodically go into art book stores and ask if they know of an art book with “California” in the title and possibly planets on the cover(I remembered that totally wrong; there aren’t planets.) Thank you so, so much for solving a mystery that’s plagued me for about three years!

    (Also, your home is lovely!)

    • Rebecca says...

      Ah this is meant to be Lindsay!!!! So glad you found your book here. You never know when mysteries will be solved. – Rebecca

  50. Laurie says...

    “This is like a house that radiates it’s own sunshine” is what I thought when I first saw all of the lightness, brightness in the interior photos. Reading on about your generous entertaining spirit, family, the hummingbird story- you’re creating sunshine in more ways than one! Please tell your mom she is welcome to come garden at my place, too!! ;)

  51. annie says...

    The hummingbirds tribute… that was so lovely! On a side note, I would love to see homes represented outside of New York and California (cool people live in the rest of america too ;))

    • there is a really lovely one from a Minneapolis home not too long ago!

  52. lisa says...

    There house looks lovely, but I wish these photos were a tad less exposed. Between the pale walls and the website background, I just felt like I was losing so much of the detail from their interior shots. Or is it just my old-ish eyes?

  53. Inbal says...

    The hummingbirds really got into my soul. What a beautiful tribute.

    • Cheri says...

      My Grandma loved hummingbirds too. I live in L.A. and get lots of them in my backyard; I always think of her when I see one so I loved reading this :)

  54. Amy says...

    I love how specific they were about their intentions for their home. It’s easier to act on things when they’re laid out clearly. Also – her dad’s advice about waiting to renovate is spot on! Both us and my SIL’s family waited to renovate and we’re so happy we did, despite that initial urge to change the houses we moved into!

    • Beth says...

      Having moved around a lot, one thing I have learned is that it usually takes about 3 years before a house really starts feeling like my home. It’s when I really start figuring out where things belong! It makes sense to wait and see with renovations.

    • Rebecca says...

      Beth and Amy – totally agree. I kept saying “we have to move this and that” and now I am SO happy we didn’t! – Rebecca

  55. Kate says...

    I totally agree on the remodeling! My parents finally got to a place where they could remodel the home they’ve been in for 30+ years, and my mom says that being forced to wait was the best thing that could have happened because she really learned what the house was capable of and where and how they wanted to live in it! Every minor setback and re-scheduling that happened was a blessing in disguise, and now they have the home of their dreams.

  56. I want to live here. It’s incredible. Beautiful home!

  57. Sara says...

    Where is the standing tripod lamp in the first living room picture from? It’s so simple and pretty! Thank you

  58. Jess says...

    Oh wow!!! I have those EXACT round tables from the living room picture. Mine are in the original silver, and I bought them for about $15 on Craigslist. I didn’t think of spray painting them, but probably will now… Thanks for this!

  59. Lauren says...

    the hummingbirds sentiment is so very sweet

  60. Dear Rebecca,
    Love your landscaping! If your talented mother would like a yard (and hill!) to experiment with in Orange County, she’s welcome any time. We could use the help.

  61. Heather says...

    wow, i am in LOVE with this home! any chance you could share the paint colors? they’re perfection

  62. Lauren E. says...

    I am basically dying to move to LA so this post was like a stab in the heart – it’s everything I want! So much light, white space, and a backyard to spend 99% of my time in. …Adopt me?!

  63. Dawn says...

    The touches in their home like the hummingbird garden and the open door policy make it so special and lovely! I love a home that has stories woven throughout… And I’m also curious to know where the rugs are from? They are beautiful!

  64. Everything about this home is beautiful. I especially love that bright kitchen! We’re going through a huge renovation and I’m completely inspired this gorgeous space.

  65. Meredith says...

    I just love this home, inside and out! Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing your home with us! Also looking forward to making bo ssam – thanks for the idea!

  66. Janine says...

    Absolutely beautiful! I love their use of pastel paint in every room, it’s such a fresh alternative to white.

    I also love how involved their families were in designing elements of the house, it truly feels like a well-loved home.

  67. Nikki says...

    Any idea where the bright rug is from?

    • Samantha says...

      She mentioned it was from Jerusalem

  68. What a sweet story about the hummingbirds – and it becoming a way to honor both mothers. It’s so heartwarming to see the ways families blend. Love it!

  69. Stephanie says...

    That rug from Jerusalem might be the most magical material possession I’ve ever seen! What a great find.

    • Madie says...

      How funny! That was actually my least favorite thing in the whole house :) I mention it only because I’m constantly fascinated by “personal taste” – so different and so… personal!

  70. Melissa says...

    The plants that attract hummingbirds — so so sweet! This couple sounds lovely. Can I be their friend?

  71. Nancy says...

    Ah! This is one of my favorites from this series. So beautiful! I want to live here.

  72. I absolutely love that carpet!

  73. It’s great seeing exterior photos. Such great curb appeal on this house!

    • I loved seeing the garden too! It looks so cozy and inviting!

  74. kiki says...

    agreed on the paint colors, so lovely, would love to hear what they are!! especially the blue-grey one!

  75. Amanda says...

    Such a lovely home and lovely marriage vows. Also, I was happy to see a shout out for my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky (and bourbon)!

  76. Melanie Price says...

    Lovely home-thanks for sharing. We have the same red IKEA bookcase and love it! We purchased it pre-kids when we were living in a small beach house in San Diego. The kitchen had no pantry at all so we bought the red bookshelf to act as our pantry. It forced me to keep it neat and tidy since it was almost a showcase piece. My husband and I would laugh because we got so many compliments on our ‘pantry’ from our friends and visitors.
    Now it’s just a bookcase (booooring!) but the color makes it stand out so much. I’ve been flirting with the idea of painting it white but my husband is fighting me on that one. We’ll see…

    Cheers,
    Melanie

  77. Kim H says...

    Lovely home and beautuful values!

  78. cooper says...

    I love the pastel walls! I’m a huge fan of the bright-white trend but the pastels add such a nice softness. Such a gorgeous home!

  79. Carolyn says...

    We’re looking to paint the interior main spaces of our home, and the paint in the living room is so lovely! Could you share the paint color?

    • Agreed! Would love to know the color.

  80. Cynthia says...

    Such a lovely testament to making a home with intention and meaning. I love everything about this home and the people in it!

  81. Tricia says...

    That rug! Sigh…

  82. Christina says...

    So very lovely and welcoming! I have been obsessively shopping online for a living room rug for 3 days now and cannot decide, so I have to know…where are the rugs from?

    • Rachel says...

      Try theanou.com – it’s fair trade Moroccan rugs founded by former Peace Corps volunteers. We just got our third rug from them and are big fans!

  83. jeannie says...

    What a lovely home! And such a pretty back yard.

  84. Alice Quin says...

    Beautiful space! The pastel walls part is very cool.

  85. Natalie Brennan says...

    The wedding contract made my eyes tear up! “There will always be a bed available in our home for anyone who needs one.” That is a beautiful agreement to make in a marriage or partnership.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i felt the same way!

  86. Michelle says...

    Such a beautiful home and I love the commitment to keeping their doors open to friends and family.

  87. Sharon says...

    Where is that jewelry holder from? I love it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’ll ask!

    • Jules says...

      I agree! I’d love to know where she got that!

  88. Karen says...

    I’m Salvadorean! So this post in particular made my heart flutter <3. You truly have a lovely home, and I LOVE the pastel walls…But, now I'm more curious about your Jewish Salvadorean upbringings… how fascinating!

    • Rebecca says...

      Hola Karen! Not too many Salvadoran Jews, I know. My grandparents left Germany separately with their families during WWII when they were young and ended up in Latin America (Brazil and El Salvador). They later met in Brazil and moved to El Salvador and raised a family of 5 there! So, I put a lot of lime and cilantro in my Jewish chicken soup. _Rebecca

  89. Kate says...

    warm, lovely, colorful home! love the Shabbat and Ketubah parts, the spirit of generosity is so inspiring; and the bit about the hummingbirds made me well up.

  90. What a dreamy backyard! We have a deck that I love, but in Minnespolis, our winters prevent me from investing too much time and money on a space which is only usable a few months a year. I also love the use of orange and yellow hues in their home! What an unexpected and beautiful color choice!

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  91. Kate says...

    One of my favorites!! Love the pops of color and their gorgeous backyard full of plants!

  92. Claire says...

    So pretty and welcoming! I love all the Salvadoran influences and family touches. So sweet.