May 14, 2014
Inside the Home of Shiva Rose
Decorating rule #1: Only keep items that are absolutely beautiful & functional
Whether you’re redecorating, rearranging, or just dreaming, the home of blogger/actress/activist Shiva Rose in the Santa Monica Mountains is a gold mine of inspiration. Built in 1948, Shiva recently renovated, keeping some of its old features while adding her eclectic touch. Catch our interview below, where we chat about the space her two daughters, cat, rabbits, chickens, and their new pup!
Hey Shiva! So what’s been going on with you since we last spoke?
I recently adopted a rescue German Shepherd puppy named Luna and started a skincare line with a rose face serum that nourishes the skin and makes it glow. I’m also trying to have more joy and adventure in my life—this means trying things I’ve never done before like last-minute road trips.
So not a lot, then? Kidding! We fell in love with your home when we shot your chicks. How long have you lived here?
Three and half years…
And did you renovate the space?
I did renovate. The house was built in 1948 and nothing had been done to it since the 1950s. I actually prefer that because the space isn’t bastardized—it had pure bones, but it needed so, so much work. I added the kitchen and master bedroom. I kept the iron grid-like windows and made that the inspiration for much of the colors of the house.
How does your home reflect your personality?
After I got divorced a few years ago, I let go of all my material possessions and started from scratch: The home reflects a new beginning, my love of nature, an uncluttered space, and lots of light. Hopefully, this is a reflection of my inner world.
What were your inspirations while decorating?
I love the Japanese quote about only keeping items that are absolutely beautiful or functional. I tried to follow that idea when decorating my nest. I have an altar or nature table where my daughters and I will place items that are beautiful from nature. These could be treasures like sea shells, leaves, flowers, or special rocks.
How do you Organize the Chaos? Any cleaning or organization tips?
I notice that things all of a sudden start accumulating, like clothes, papers, toys for the children. I try to implement a rule about letting something go when I bring in something new. This way there is always movement or energy flowing in and out of the house.
Do you have a favorite room in the house?
My bedroom is my sanctuary. I don’t have any electronics in there and the colors are white and muted blues. It always feels so peaceful and dreamy. My favorite moment is looking out the window at the great oaks and listening to the birds whether they are wild hawks or cooing turtle doves. I have a small altar where I place candles and fresh flowers. This is where I set my intentions for my day or week.
100% zen! But what about these rugs… ?
I only began collecting the colorful rugs a few years ago. Some are vintage Moroccans and some are vintage nomadic Persians. The bright colors really cheer up a room and I love the irregular shapes in some of them. It reminds me that not everything is symmetrical and perfect.
We spy a lot of dishes, how have you come across these?
My dishes are mostly Heath and then I have some handmade ones by local artisans. The artisan ones are made by folks I’ve come across through my site. I love meeting artisans that are quietly attending to their craft and bringing simple yet functional beauty to the home.
What are the 5 things that are always in your fridge that you can’t live without?
1. Raw goat yogurt, which was illegal to have until recently because our government has it’s priorities all wrong when it comes to nutritious food!
2. Almond milk, either homemade or from Moon Juice (Catch our Cook for Me with Moon Juice here!)
3. Raw cultured butter
5. Non-GMO produce from local farms
Where did you find the cane light fitting, chair, and ottoman?
The light in the living room is made astonishingly of ribbons. It was from Muleh. The chair and ottoman are by a 70s designer named Franco Albini that I found at a flea market in Pasadena.
Top 3 favorite books on your bookshelf:
I love books! They have formed me, it’s so hard to choose. I would say though One Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez, The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman, Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.
Are there any stories behind the art/photographs on your wall?
Some of the art are from flea markets and have a story to tell. Other are personal pieces, like one is a poster of a play I wrote called Fragile Life and another of my daughter with war paint on her face.
Photography by Bethany Nauert
Thanks for having us Shiva! What’s your fave item from Shiva’s home? Comment below or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!