Inside an Art Collector's Sun-Drenched Los Angeles Home

Inside an Art Collector's Sun-Drenched Los Angeles Home

dr. Joyce Simmons one of America's most important collectors of african-american art lives in a house tucked away in Los Angeles's Baldwin Hills joy lived in her house before she redesigned it in 1992 at the time she was also in medical school and raising her two daughters my daughters were like seven and five and so our first thing that we did was to make the house ours it took me ten years to get furniture in this room because I just couldn't commit to furnitures buying art when you walk in the front door you see a couple because that was very important for me and my children they are in a formal dress because I thought that was important in timeless Lauren Halsey is an artist here in Los Angeles she did these on-site I said but I want women on the columns so that you had that vibe of women when you walk into this home who is the artist of the sculpture of the little girl actually that is a mannequin from Saks Fifth Avenue that is a daisy and so I've changed your outfit a couple times but the smirk on her face people always alike really and she looked like Naima when she did when she was a little kid it's hilarious my mom would you know drag us to art openings at very small galleries around the city you know when you're a kid you're like oh you know but what I do know is that it laid the foundation for me to become a curator and to think about how people interact with artwork in different ways the art in a dining room that's a smaller space more intimate space I made the colors a little more muted because your dinner is supposed to be the focus of your meal my father he was a tennis player but he always wore Jack Versailles those are his iconic sneakers and they have been gold-plated by an artist named Dale Ken Dayle Carter I don't like a lot of white spaces even though I have a big white house so when we built the house in 92 I had this – who I'd loved his graphic sense Keith Williams I commissioned him to do that wall I think the kitchen is like the ideal family room I didn't want granite I didn't want that heaviness in this space I've wanted it to be a lighter space a more colorful space because when the kids were growing up this is where everybody hung out it continues to be kind of the center of things when I host these are hydraulic Springs off of a truck they're very heavy but it just adds that color gets out of the way and you can still enjoy the space all of these pieces are telling a story of our time for me and that's how I chose your home is your castle you know all of us go out there and we're slaying dragons so you want your space to be nurturing enlightening supportive of you well that's what I try to encourage people to do find that peace that resonates with you that makes you feel the way you need it to feel joy has amassed a collection that is incredibly personal so in a way when you come into her house you were surrounded by the story of Joy's life as seen through the lens of the different artists that she loves

24 thoughts on “Inside an Art Collector's Sun-Drenched Los Angeles Home

  1. The joyful colors of the backsplash, stools, and seating in the kitchen make the workspace zing while not overpowering or dating the decor.

  2. Very Technicolor!! A lovely display of Art. Living in this house Is a pleasure for the eyes.💐🌹🌷🌺🌸🌺🌷🌷🌹💐💐💐🌹🌹🌸🌸🌸🌻🏵🌸🌸🌸🌺🌺🌺💐💐💐💐🌹🌹🌷🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌼💮💮💮🌸

  3. I am in total AWE of her creative eye and process that went into creating her home. It is definitely an urban art museum in its own right and it all flows so beautifully together. I would love to be a guest in her home one day to really appreciate it in person.

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