Actress Joy Bryant and husband Dave Pope decorated their Glendale, California, residence with a focus on low-key, inviting vignettes. They say that the entire plan behind the design of the house was for them to can chill, whenever they’re at home.

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Well, let’s see if she got it or not…



Bryant reupholstered a pair of low-to-the-ground vintage chairs she found at a flea market in a granny-chic floral textile.

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Bryant’s passion for books extends to her coffee table, where a prized Gustav Klimt monograph shares space with photographer Jimmy Nelson’s epic tribal-culture homage Before They Pass Away and a set of Japanese hand-painted ceramic trays from Nickey Kehoe.

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Their living room is oriented to be comfortable, as we can see on the picture below… The comfy sectional, above which hangs a diptych of drawings by Jean André. Joy Bryant 4

Throw and Mongolian lamb pillow cover by West Elm; Chinese hand-spun pillow from Nickey Kehoe; printed velvet pillow from Nathan Turner.

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“On the weekends I just want to be in a creative space, and this house is really conducive to that,” says Bryant. In the living room, a stiff-backed safari-style rosewood and leather chair got the nod of approval only after Bryant polled her most stylish friends.

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The couple’s contractor removed layers of drywall and tile to reveal the original brick fireplace. Bryant and Pope painted it off-white, accenting with a collection of vintage National Geographics topped with a gold-stamped vase.

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For the dinning room, a pair of bright white candlesticks by Stephen Antonson from Nathan Turner and an Astier de Villatte bowl from Nickey Kehoe add a modern sensibility to the midcentury-leaning dining room. An Art Deco portrait completes the eclectic scene.

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Wooden discs form an organic installation along one wall. This is a great idea… Note it down! Joy 10


Did Joy Bryant got it right? A comfortable, chilly, although, stylish home… We think she did! What do you think?

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