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June 5, 2013
Originally published in The Furniture Issue
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East Side Story
Armed with a keen eye for design and a yen for vintage furniture shopping, Glee star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Campbell revitalize a formerly jumbled Los Angeles house.
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  Glee star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Campbell in the living room of their Los Angeles home.

    Glee star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Campbell in the living room of their Los Angeles home.

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  A mature avocado tree shades the hardscaped patio located just outside the great room.

    A mature avocado tree shades the hardscaped patio located just outside the great room.

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  On the balcony off the master bedroom is a yellow Hatfield Grellow rocker from CB2.

    On the balcony off the master bedroom is a yellow Hatfield Grellow rocker from CB2.

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  The couple hand-selected every piece of furniture in the house and perused Craigslist to find the four Verner Panton stacking chairs surrounding a Pure dining table from CB2. The two tubular steel side chairs are from Danish Modern L.A., and the pair purchased Muuto’s Plugged Pendant lamp from A+R. Mays and Campbell received the Molecule Building Set as a gift; it’s available from Ferm Living.

    The couple hand-selected every piece of furniture in the house and perused Craigslist to find the four Verner Panton stacking chairs surrounding a Pure dining table from CB2. The two tubular steel side chairs are from Danish Modern L.A., and the pair purchased Muuto’s Plugged Pendant lamp from A+R. Mays and Campbell received the Molecule Building Set as a gift; it’s available from Ferm Living.

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  Jacobs transformed the roof into a series of decks, this deck features Crate & Barrel’s Dune sofa and coffee table.

    Jacobs transformed the roof into a series of decks, this deck features Crate & Barrel’s Dune sofa and coffee table.

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  A fireplace found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market furnishes another of the new deck spaces.

    A fireplace found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market furnishes another of the new deck spaces.

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  Classic butterfly chairs from Universal Patio Furniture are stationed by the pool. The mural is by street artist Morley, a close friend.

    Classic butterfly chairs from Universal Patio Furniture are stationed by the pool. The mural is by street artist Morley, a close friend.

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  The once-hermitic kitchen now has a direct view of the patio and pool. The hood is by Zephyr, the cooktop is by Miele, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the ovens are by GE Monogram, and the stand mixer is by KitchenAid.The Sebastian barstools and Trådig fruit bowl are also from Ikea.

    The once-hermitic kitchen now has a direct view of the patio and pool. The hood is by Zephyr, the cooktop is by Miele, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the ovens are by GE Monogram, and the stand mixer is by KitchenAid.The Sebastian barstools and Trådig fruit bowl are also from Ikea.

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  To impart a high-design feel to the space, Jacobs wrapped cabinetry from Ikea with a marble countertop and designed built-in bookshelves around the kitchen and study to help unify the area. Trips to shops in Palm Springs yielded the red side chair and metal magazine rack. The brown suede chair is from MidcenturyLA.

    To impart a high-design feel to the space, Jacobs wrapped cabinetry from Ikea with a marble countertop and designed built-in bookshelves around the kitchen and study to help unify the area. Trips to shops in Palm Springs yielded the red side chair and metal magazine rack. The brown suede chair is from MidcenturyLA.

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  The master bedroom features wallpaper by Erika Wakerly. The glass tables next to the Croft House bed were gifts.

    The master bedroom features wallpaper by Erika Wakerly. The glass tables next to the Croft House bed were gifts.

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  Mays chose Graham & Brown’s Verve Stripe wallpaper for the downstairs bedroom. The chrome lamp is vintage.

    Mays chose Graham & Brown’s Verve Stripe wallpaper for the downstairs bedroom. The chrome lamp is vintage.

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  The house, originally built in the 1920s, received gradual additions over the years.

    The house, originally built in the 1920s, received gradual additions over the years.

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  The minimalist bathroom boasts Cararra marble surfaces, Hansgrohe faucets and shower fixtures, and a skylight by Velux.

    The minimalist bathroom boasts Cararra marble surfaces, Hansgrohe faucets and shower fixtures, and a skylight by Velux.

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Glee star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Campbell in the living room of their Los Angeles home.

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Los Feliz House

After nearly a year and a half of house hunting, Jayma Mays and Adam Campbell decided to make a Los Feliz abode in need of an overhaul their first home. By paring the 1920s Spanish colonial house back to its essentials and adding a well-selected group of mid-century and contemporary furniture, the couple created a showpiece of Southern California living.

Vintage chrome lamp on bedside table.

Mays chose Graham & Brown’s Verve Stripe wallpaper for the downstairs bedroom. The chrome lamp is vintage.

“We literally had no furniture so we were starting from scratch,” says Campbell. “We thought: Let’s give it a go ourselves, and if it looks disastrous then we’ll think about using an interior designer.”

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On the balcony off the master bedroom is a yellow Hatfield Grellow rocker from CB2.

The medley of vintage and contemporary furniture, design-shop purchases, and lucky Internet finds occupying the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom, 3,200-square-foot residence renovated by architect Mike Jacobs is indicative of the couple’s casual sensibility.

“We wanted to find things that caught our eye and, more than anything, weren’t boring,” says Mays, who currently stars as guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury on the TV show Glee. The residents furnished the great room—newly created after knocking down a few walls—with a mid-century Danish sofa, a rug by Scholten & Baijings for Hay, a Pure dining table from CB2, and Verner Panton chairs found on Craigslist.

Just as surely as aesthetics guided their furniture purchases, so did a limited budget. “Once you’ve done a remodel, you feel particularly exhausted in terms of ‘Wow, that’s the most expensive thing we’ve ever bought in our lives,’” says Campbell. “If we could find some really nice vintage pieces, we were totally happy to throw in some Ikea pieces."

vintage, fireplace, white walls

A fireplace found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market furnishes another of the new deck spaces.

“We needed furniture that was practical. Delicate, highly valuable pieces just wouldn’t work for us as we’re constantly moving things around to make room for parties and boisterous friends,” says Mays, who frequently entertains and is an avid chef.

“There was one new couch that Jayma was obsessed with,” says Campbell. “It was probably the price of a car. And she kept looking at it and thinking, Do we buy this? The budget forced us to be a bit more creative. I think ultimately it worked out much better than if we had spent a lot of money on high-end stuff because it would look a bit less ‘us.’”

The pair scoured vintage shops and flea markets for furniture, lighting, and accessories. “It was a lot of trial and error,” says Mays. For example, she and Campbell initially selected lounge chairs for the newly hardscaped patio but soon realized that they needed a place to eat more than they needed a spot to recline in the sun. An old beer garden–style table and benches, purchased from local store Potted, allows for dining alfresco.

Outdoor pool with street art.

Classic butterfly chairs from Universal Patio Furniture are stationed by the pool. The mural is by street artist Morley, a close friend.

In the master bedroom, Mays splurged on a custom bed from Croft House, which has become part of the retailer’s furniture line and is now called the Jayma Platform Bed—“My claim to fame,” jokes Mays. She covered the wall behind the bed with designer Erica Wakerly’s Angles wallpaper in cream and gold, which “became the focal point. I found that by doing little things like that, the room didn’t need as much stuff in it,” she reports.

Just as the furniture is a mixture of past and present, so is the house that inspired the collection. “Mike created an open space with clean lines, so we selected furniture that wouldn’t disrupt that,” says Mays of how she and Campbell unified the interiors and the architecture.

The couple gave Jacobs few guidelines for the renovation—add a bedroom, find a way to let in more natural light, and reconfigure the downstairs—and relied on the architect’s eye to coax out the structure’s best elements. “We asked Mike: ‘Can you try and make this house less schizophrenic and give it an identity?’” says Campbell.

Great room of Glee star Jayma Mays in Los Feliz, Los Angeles

A mature avocado tree shades the hardscaped patio located just outside the great room.

“It read as a big puzzle,” says Jacobs of the dim, disjointed layout. The house was built in 1925 and had three decades worth of additions stitched on. 
He preserved key architectural details of the original house—the heavy plaster moldings, the cast-iron handrail leading to the second level—and in the more recent sections, he removed walls to hollow out an expansive living-dining-kitchen area, increased the size of the second story, and added a raft of roof decks.

Though the journey of searching, buying, permitting, renovating, and furnishing the house took years, Mays and Campbell now have a place that pays homage to its history but is tailored to their tastes and lifestyle. “I feel that our furniture reflects the marriage of both old and new,” Mays offers, "and hopefully does so with a bit of levity and color."

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