L-Shaped Indoor-Outdoor LA Home

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July 25, 2012

At their house and flower farm in Los Angeles’s Glassell Park, Laura Gabbert and Andrew Avery bring friends, family, and a fleet of urban gardeners together for the classic indoor-outdoor party.

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  Laura Gabbert and Andrew Avery's home in the hills of Glassell Park, Los Angeles, is clad in stucco and redwood, evoking the rustic charm of their lush seven-acre site.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Laura Gabbert and Andrew Avery's home in the hills of Glassell Park, Los Angeles, is clad in stucco and redwood, evoking the rustic charm of their lush seven-acre site.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Gabbert and Avery relax on a vintage sofa in their living room beneath large-format photos of juniper bushes by Maegan Hill-Carroll.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Gabbert and Avery relax on a vintage sofa in their living room beneath large-format photos of juniper bushes by Maegan Hill-Carroll.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  A family room off the kitchen is stocked with pieces from Room & Board, including the Wells sofa and gray Cable rug. The hanging sculpture is by Rebecca Niederlander and the quartet of paintings is by Babak Emanuel.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    A family room off the kitchen is stocked with pieces from Room & Board, including the Wells sofa and gray Cable rug. The hanging sculpture is by Rebecca Niederlander and the quartet of paintings is by Babak Emanuel.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Sliding doors on either side of the living room and along the kitchen open all the way, allowing the breeze from the canyon to spin right through the house.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Sliding doors on either side of the living room and along the kitchen open all the way, allowing the breeze from the canyon to spin right through the house.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Standard, Avery and Gabbert's architects, arranged their two main living spaces in an L-shape to maximize a sense of transparency.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Standard, Avery and Gabbert's architects, arranged their two main living spaces in an L-shape to maximize a sense of transparency.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Gatherings at the house tend toward the casual, with kid-friendly hangouts on the back patio.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Gatherings at the house tend toward the casual, with kid-friendly hangouts on the back patio.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Party preparations include arrangements plucked from the family’s on-site flower farm.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Party preparations include arrangements plucked from the family’s on-site flower farm.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Daughters Ingrid and Jane catch up with their grandparents on the Room & Board–furnished front deck.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Daughters Ingrid and Jane catch up with their grandparents on the Room & Board–furnished front deck.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Daughters Ingrid and Jane play on the floor of their bedroom, laid with reclaimed end-grain parquet from Oregon Lumber.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Daughters Ingrid and Jane play on the floor of their bedroom, laid with reclaimed end-grain parquet from Oregon Lumber.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  In the open-plan kitchen, bowls and platters by Heath Ceramics and bamboo trays and tongs from Design House Stockholm decorate the farm-to-table buffet on the steel-topped kitchen island.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    In the open-plan kitchen, bowls and platters by Heath Ceramics and bamboo trays and tongs from Design House Stockholm decorate the farm-to-table buffet on the steel-topped kitchen island.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Gabbert and Avery pose with Ingrid in their “growing ground,” planted and tended by local urban farmer Tara Kolla and a fleet of volunteers.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Gabbert and Avery pose with Ingrid in their “growing ground,” planted and tended by local urban farmer Tara Kolla and a fleet of volunteers.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Here's Tara hard at work.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Here's Tara hard at work.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Another view of the house reveals a surprising sense of lightness; from certain angles, the structure appears to float above the landscape.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Another view of the house reveals a surprising sense of lightness; from certain angles, the structure appears to float above the landscape.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Whether it's a favorite wine or a memorable cocktail, a house drink makes for a powerful party ritual. Here Gabbert prepares a Southern California variation on the Bootleg, a drink that was a Gabbert family standard when they lived in Minnesota.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Whether it's a favorite wine or a memorable cocktail, a house drink makes for a powerful party ritual. Here Gabbert prepares a Southern California variation on the Bootleg, a drink that was a Gabbert family standard when they lived in Minnesota.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Backtracking in time to March 2011, here's one of the first plantings on the property, as captured by photographer Catherine Ledner. Note the fence hasn't yet gone up.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Backtracking in time to March 2011, here's one of the first plantings on the property, as captured by photographer Catherine Ledner. Note the fence hasn't yet gone up.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Ingrid shows off one of the chickens the family raises in their large and very productive coop.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Ingrid shows off one of the chickens the family raises in their large and very productive coop.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Ingrid and Jane get ready to plant sunflower seeds that were donated to Silver Lake Farms.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Ingrid and Jane get ready to plant sunflower seeds that were donated to Silver Lake Farms.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Ingrid and Jane get to work planting seedlings.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Ingrid and Jane get to work planting seedlings.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Ledner's second shoot took place in early spring 2012, once the fence had been installed and the flowers were blooming.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Ledner's second shoot took place in early spring 2012, once the fence had been installed and the flowers were blooming.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  Just one month later the garden was much lusher.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    Just one month later the garden was much lusher.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  The fruits of their labors: beautiful cut flowers, which Silverlake Farms sells at local farmers' markets in signature iron-and-glass jars.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner
    The fruits of their labors: beautiful cut flowers, which Silverlake Farms sells at local farmers' markets in signature iron-and-glass jars.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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