Inside Parachute Founder Ariel Kaye’s Eclectic Los Angeles Family Home

The entrepreneur and mom of two enlisted design expert Sally Breer to transform the abode’s muted interiors into a vibrant, art-filled wonderland
Inside Parachute Founder Ariel Kayes Eclectic Los Angeles Family Home
Ariel Kaye in the sitting room. The Mario Marenco for Arflex sofa in a Maharam fabric and the Terra side table are from the Future Perfect; Oak Cloud cocktail table by Louise Liljencrantz; 1970s Italian lounge chairs from South Loop Loft; Ladies & Gentlemen Studio sconce; Tekiò vertical pendant by Santa & Cole from Lightology; Lulu and Georgia rug.Art: P. Levenback/NFS.

The primary bedroom is outfitted with Parachute’s Canyon Bed in faux shearling. Clare Grill painting; head sculpture by Carmen D’Apollonio; pendant light by Lindsey Adelman; circa 1969 Italian murano glass floor lamp by Carlos Nason; Oushak rug from Lawrence of La Brea.

Art: Clare Grill/M+B, Los Angeles.

Elsewhere, Breer resorted to custom creations to offset the boxy volume of various spaces: “Making the furniture exactly the right scale allowed the rooms to feel intimately proportionate rather than gargantuan,” she explains. She crafted a 12-foot-long dining table using an inlaid hardwood oak so it could be refinished if needed. (Veneer would be less forgiving.) Meanwhile, she covered the family-room-filling sectional in a nubby performance fabric by Kravet, with dusty rose piping and burgundy bouclé ball cushions. Breer also wrapped the dining room’s built-in cabinets in a funky olive green leather and installed new handles to add color and texture.

Moody paint hues, patterned upholstery, geometric mirrors, and layerings of rich textiles also softened the ambience. The office, which once felt like a cubicle, is now saturated with warm transporting tones: earthy blue Roman clay plastered walls, a terra-cotta-tiled cocktail table, and a russet Egyptian armadillo rug. Floor-length curtains and a pull-out daybed covered in an indigo-colored woven fabric by Schumacher allow it to double as a guest room. In the playroom, a vintage Camaleonda sofa by Mario Bellini in its original 1970s floral fabric vies with pistachio wooden paneling: “When Ariel said yes to that wacky Bellini, I nearly fell off my chair—it felt like such a choice!” says Breer, explaining they got away with its vintage fabric because the dark textured print could stand up to spilled juice, crayons, and Play-Doh.

In the playroom, a Niki de Saint Phalle print and a sconce by Michael Anastassiades from The Future Perfect hang above a vintage Camaleonda sofa by Mario Bellini. Nickey Kehoe round hassocks; vintage French industrial cocktail table; custom Sally Breer World credenza; ecoBirdy table and chairs; Havenhurst rug by Jake Arnold for Lulu and Georgia.

Art: © 2023 Niki Charitable Art Foundation / ARS, NY / ADAGP, Paris.

Tryst Six Chandelier

Terre Olive Green Velvet Sphere

Brimfield Fabric

Pond Mirror

Kaye lives to host and entertains weekly: “I didn’t want to have to rearrange furniture every time friends came by,” she says in the sitting room, where a Mario Marenco sofa recovered in a cognac Maharam fabric flanks a pair of ’70s Italian corduroy-covered lounge chairs. “Now I can have 40 people over and we can all hang out comfortably.” On a typical Saturday afternoon, she may throw an impromptu pool party. A dozen friends steadily begin to arrive, wading in the azure pool while their kids scoot around the allées lined with foxtail agave and candelabra cacti or climb into the treehouse-like jungle gym. Lou hands out princess dresses from her four-poster bed upholstered in Breer’s “Damn Chic” apricot and marigold fabric, as Van emerges from his Christopher Farr wallpapered nursery. The evening ends on the family room’s Gae Aulenti marble cocktail table: “I’m not going to tell you to have a dance party on yours, but my kids may have dance parties on mine,” Kaye confesses.

Kaye in the backyard with her kids, Van (left) and Lou. The playset was built by landscape designer Case Fleher of Landscape Workspace, who also planned the outdoor areas.

Vintage Thumb Pot

Organic Resort Towels

Part purposeful design and part problem solving, Breer and Kaye’s cross-pollination of ideas was perfectly symbiotic. “Being surrounded by this worldly patchwork of pieces makes it feel as though they’ve been here forever; I hope to pass many of them down to my children,” Kaye says. “Two years ago, I would have said I was a minimalist. Now, I’m far more eclectic—maybe even venturing toward maximalist!”

Ariel Kaye’s home appears in AD’s October issue. Never miss an issue when you subscribe to AD.