Welcome to Room Envy, a series where we ask interesting people about a favorite room in their house. From minimalist living rooms to vibrant kitchens, we’re zeroing in on the best features of the most enviable rooms.
Situated on a walk street in Venice Beach, Jamie Lenore McKillop’s midcentury-modern home prioritizes unique features that marry playfulness with functionality. At the end of 2019, Jamie and her fiancé made the monumental Los Angeles move from east to west when they bought their 3000 square-foot house. Thoughtfully renovated over several years by the previous owners, the couple made very few modifications to the space upon moving in. The pistachio green kitchen required no renovating so they opted to refinish the wood counters and floors, add a fresh coat of paint, and update the appliances instead. Jamie explains, “It has those great bones and it really speaks for itself, so we wanted to maintain the integrity of the home, highlighting its key features with maintenance updates and complementary interior design. It’s a perfect space for entertaining and gathering.”
Born and raised in Northern California, Jamie moved to the East Coast to study at New York University. After she graduated in 2013, her editorial career began at Well+Good before switching to branded content and working in-house at companies like Tamara Mellon and Zappos. During that pivot, Jamie moved back to her home state and eventually transitioned to freelancing full-time as a consultant for brands across fashion, beauty, and home.
Last year, Jamie decided to join TikTok in order to learn more about the platform and develop strategies that she could share with clients. As a longtime appreciator of design, Jamie focuses her content on highlights of different areas of her coastal home under the handle @lazyjamiehome. After receiving tons of questions from her now nearly 30,000 followers about a set of chrome candle holders (which Jamie sourced herself), she launched the homeware brand Lazy Jamie.
When Jamie’s red bar cabinet inside her pistachio green kitchen swept across my own For You page one day, I was instantly obsessed, although she notes the viral videos have also stirred up quite a bit of kitchen controversies from commenters with unsolicited opinions. But she doesn’t take it too seriously (it is the internet after all) and often pokes fun right back. “The ethos of Lazy Jamie started from me never wanting to leave my house and creating this space for what I call indoors enthusiasts,” she says. “To me, homebodies are people who are really happy being at home and want to make it the best space that they can.”
Location: Venice Beach, CA
Square footage: 400 square feet
Could you tell me the story about your built-in bar cabinet?
The cabinet was already built in by the previous owners when we moved in. I think what’s so impactful about it is that, when it’s closed, it’s just that very neutral white wall, so you’re not expecting it. Then when it’s open, it’s this very bright red statement moment. During the day, we usually will keep it closed. Obviously, we’re not normally utilizing it, but when evening rolls around—or cocktail hour—we’ll open it up to have a drink with dinner. I think it’s nice how it really sets the mood of whatever moment of the day that you’re in, and ultimately is a great use of space.