Right now I’m wishing I could swap places with fashion designer Minnie Mortimer and live the California cool life in her colorful and airy Malibu abode. The home she shares with her Oscar-winning screenwriter/director husband Stephen Gaghan and their young daughter was recently featured on Vogue.com and when I saw the photos I was smitten. Minnie has created a relaxed and eclectic space filled with furniture, accessories and art that she has collected over time which I always say is the best way to decorate. I believe you should fill your home with things you love that have deep personal meaning and that sometimes it’s ok to just let your home’s decor come together organically. Here’s an excerpt from the feature where Minnie talks about about how she has amassed her art collection from a number of unexpected sources and how it has evolved over the years:
“The art has been collected from more expected places like galleries and auctions, but there are some really strange ones in there, too,” Mortimer says. “We have a painting that was a prop from Steve’s film, Traffic, a print made for me by Brigid Berlin when I was 17, a painting by Steve’s great-grandmother, another made by a patient in the psych ward, and we recently added an Aurel Schmidt titled Crap Butterflies. At the moment, that piece is my favorite…When we first moved in I just wanted to get all of the artwork unpacked, so I placed them haphazardly on the wall and tables,” she says. “The arrangement has since grown on me so I left them this way.”
Below are a few of my favorite photos of Minnie’s home. To see more and read the full story on Vogue.com click here.