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The Home Beete Questionnaire: LA Moffa

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I met Christiana Moffa more than a decade ago when we both lived in Chicago. On her first day of work at JP Morgan, she sang me happy birthday. And believe me, this gal can sing! (You can take a listen here.) I always loved visiting Christiana’s Chi-town apartments.  I admired the way she ably mixed high and low, dramatic and classic—in both her dress and her decor. Moffa’s since gone Hollywood, but lucky for us, she’s still just as sassily stylicious as always.

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THB: Where do you live?

Moffa: Los Angeles (in Century City, just between Santa Monica and Beverly Hills)

THB: In five words or less, your home is . . .

Moffa: My sanctuary of Moff.

THB: What do you do at home?

Moff: A lot of things, but mainly read, exercise, and enjoy my lovely kitties.
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THB: Your favorite room?

Moff: I love my living area because it has art, furniture and accessories from every type of era.  It’s eclectic.  When I sit on my sofa and read or watch TV, I love how I feel.  I feel “home.”

THB: What’s your favorite piece of art or memento or plain old thing in your home?

Moffa: I have soooo many; that’s what makes up my style, I think.  But I did get a lovely vintage Parisian ad.  It’s a sketch of a male foot and a female foot, flirting and playing “footsy” under the table.  The caption says “Le Bas Scandale,” which means “the Scandal Below.”  Very Standard Era.

THB: What could you never throw out . . . though maybe you should?

Moffa: Despite my shabby chic apartment, I’m actually quite good at getting rid of old, antiquated items or those that could go to someone in need.  The only things I tend to keep forever are underwear and socks.  Hmmmm… I just admitted that on a blog.  Oh wait!  I have something – my old hat rack, which is broken on one side.  A new one is certainly in store.
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THB: What’s the best piece of decorating advice you ever got?

Moffa: “It’s okay to mix woods.”  People seem to have this idea that furniture has to match. I don’t think ANY of mine matches!

THB: What’s on your home wish list?

Moffa: At some point, a nice, long, chic chaise lounge in my bedroom.  However, I need a bigger space for that!  I would also very much like a washer and dryer, but that’s not as glamorous.  Plus, I rent.

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THB: Got color?

Moffa: All KINDS of color!  Themes tend to be burgundies and terra cotta tones, as well as champagne and sage.  Then I’ll throw in gold or blue, just for kicks.

THB: Any last words?

Moffa: La vita è bella! Live in a beautiful space that you love, and that brings you peace.

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The Home Beete! Questionnaire

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I first encountered Jennifer Grey over on Design*Sponge, or rather I should say I encountered a few swoon-worthy photos of her gorgeous Southern California home. When Jennifer was sweet enough to chime in on The Home Beete! to thank me for my gushing response to her D*S spread, I took the opportunity to invite her to be the first ever person to answer The Home Beete! questionnaire that’s not me.

Once you’re done with your own oohing, aahing, and general gushing, check out The Old Painted Cottage, Jennifer’s equally swoonworthy online site. With categories like She Makes Things, Curious Finds, and French Country, I have a feeling you’ll be making a (very long) wish list just like moi! (And keep an eye out for more from The Old Painted Cottage when I get around to launching my weekly Shop This! column.)

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THB: In five words or less, your home is . . .

Jennifer: My Sanctuary, Love, and Life.

THB: What do you do at home?

Jennifer: I run my own online business out of my home, so when I’m not taking care of orders, I’m doing projects, moving things around, or contemplating moving things around.

THB: What’s your favorite room (and why)?

Jennifer: That would have to be my dining room. The custom built shelves we had made to showcase my ironstone collection take my breath away every single day.

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THB: What’s your favorite piece of art or memento or plain old thing in your home?

Jennifer: Can a floral loveseat be considered a piece of art? I think it’s the most special thing I have. Purchased at an antique store several years ago, I’ve convinced my husband that when we’re old and gray, we’re making room for this tufted baby in our retirement home.

THB: What could you never throw out . . . though maybe you should?

Jennifer: I’m not sure this is something I would ever “throw out,” but I have a lot of my grandparents’ things. My grandmother adored Victorian style, but her things just don’t go with my current look. I’m not one to put things away out of sight, so I have found a home for her things in nooks and on shelves to keep them in my heart.

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THB: What’s the best piece of decorating advice you’ve ever received?

Jennifer: Two pieces of advice actually. The first came from my mother when she said “Paint covers all sins,” which rang especially true with this house. And the next came from my mother-in-law when she said, “No matter how much you do, you’re never done decorating.” How true, how true.

THB: What’s on your home wish list?

Jennifer: I can’t wait to remodel our master bathroom, which needs a major overhaul, and I’ve been dreaming of a white picket fence since we bought this house one year ago. Or since the day I was born really.

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THB: Got color?

Jennifer: Yep, two of my favorites: A great taupe – Ralph Lauren’s Canvas Natural (seen on my walls in my dining room, kitchen, and living room). And a fabulous creamy white – Behr’s Seaside Sand (seen on all my white furniture, doors, trim, fireplace wall, and ceilings).

THB: Any last words?

Jennifer: Are we there yet?

(See more pix of Jennifer’s digs and get the inside scoop on some of her treasures and marvel–when you see the second image–that we have the same, exact vintage clock on her blog.)

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