L-Shaped Indoor-Outdoor LA Home

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July 25, 2012
Originally published in Open House
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American Pastoral

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.
    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.
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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.
    Gabbert and Avery relax on a vintage sofa in their living room beneath large-format photos of juniper bushes by Maegan Hill-Carroll.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    Standard, Avery and Gabbert's architects, arranged their two main living spaces in an L-shape to maximize a sense of transparency.
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  Gatherings at the house tend toward the casual, with kid-friendly hangouts on the back patio.
    Gatherings at the house tend toward the casual, with kid-friendly hangouts on the back patio.
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  Party preparations include arrangements plucked from the family’s on-site flower farm.
    Party preparations include arrangements plucked from the family’s on-site flower farm.
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  Daughters Ingrid and Jane catch up with their grandparents on the Room & Board–furnished front deck.
    Daughters Ingrid and Jane catch up with their grandparents on the Room & Board–furnished front deck.
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  Daughters Ingrid and Jane play on the floor of their bedroom, laid with reclaimed end-grain parquet from Oregon Lumber.
    Daughters Ingrid and Jane play on the floor of their bedroom, laid with reclaimed end-grain parquet from Oregon Lumber.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    Gabbert and Avery pose with Ingrid in their “growing ground,” planted and tended by local urban farmer Tara Kolla and a fleet of volunteers.
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  Here's Tara hard at work.
    Here's Tara hard at work.
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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.
    Another view of the house reveals a surprising sense of lightness; from certain angles, the structure appears to float above the landscape.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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  Ingrid shows off one of the chickens the family raises in their large and very productive coop.
    Ingrid shows off one of the chickens the family raises in their large and very productive coop.
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  Ingrid and Jane get ready to plant sunflower seeds that were donated to Silver Lake Farms.
    Ingrid and Jane get ready to plant sunflower seeds that were donated to Silver Lake Farms.
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  Ingrid and Jane get to work planting seedlings.
    Ingrid and Jane get to work planting seedlings.
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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.
    Ledner's second shoot took place in early spring 2012, once the fence had been installed and the flowers were blooming.
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  Just one month later the garden was much lusher.
    Just one month later the garden was much lusher.
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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.
    The fruits of their labors: beautiful cut flowers, which Silverlake Farms sells at local farmers' markets in signature iron-and-glass jars.
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