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YouTube to LA

23.09.20

When YouTube impresario Casey Neistat and jewelry designer Candice Pool first started mapping out their new L.A. home, they had one very specific request: no dining room. Why forgo a formal eating space? “Well, dining rooms are stupid,” Neistat says. “Any room that is designed to only be used for specific occasions just doesn’t make sense when you have kids.” It’s exactly this practical and laid-back attitude that makes their four-bedroom home in Venice, which they finished earlier this year, so inviting—the cool mix of reupholstered Eames and CB2 is, much like the couple, both aspirational and approachable.

That’s not to say they designed the house alone. Pool, the designer behind cool-girl fine jewelry brand Finn and lifestyle brand Love Billy, first hired interior designer Daun Curry to help with her New York showrooms, and soon after that, a friendship was born. Curry took on their New York apartment, too, so when the couple purchased the L.A. home in 2018 and prepped for a cross-country move from NYC, they naturally called upon their friend once again.

The indoor/outdoor home opens to a pool area, where teak CB2 outdoor furniture adds a touch of coziness.

The only problem? The trio were New York–based at that point. “We did so much planning for this place from 3,000 miles away, and looking at a floor plan only communicates so much,” Neistat says. So the filmmaker, whose YouTube following is 12.2 million strong, did what he does best: shot, edited, and narrated videos of the house so that Pool and Curry could use them to discuss layouts and furniture. “For Daun and me, they were invaluable,” Pool says, though Neistat admits that watching the videos on repeat helped him in a way, too. “It was therapy for the frustration of wanting to be there but still finalizing our move,” he says.

But by the time the project wrapped up in February, Curry had transformed the modern glass-and-concrete house into a warm family home—one that’s not afraid of personality, from the bubblegum-pink entryway paint to the blue-and-white reupholstered Eames chair in the living room. “Monochrome can be boring, and we don’t really own enough art, so wallpaper goes a long way,” Neistat says. In fact, patterned paper appears in several rooms of the house.

Still, nothing in the home is an untouchable showpiece, and every space serves a purpose, even if it’s just to relax. Need proof? “The room [that was] meant to be a dining room is now a playroom,” says Nesitat. “And it gets used all the time.”

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