An LA Interior Designer’s Indoor-Outdoor Silverlake Bungalow — Complete With Chickens

Rebecca Jezek keeps her dresser, a glass-topped Danish piece crowned with Calla lilies and a bowl of clementines, in the kitchen. “It’s where the only closet in the house is located,” she says, “so the kitchen also serves as a dressing room. Somehow, it works.”

This sort of malleability — one space doubling as another; one piece standing in for the next — is a hallmark of the designer’s Los Angeles home. Its long main room, flanked on either end by the kitchen and bedroom, is where Jezek unwinds with a book at the end of a long day. It’s also where she works, as the head of an eponymous interior design firm launched in 2008. Here, her choices cater to a need for fluidity and flexibility. In place of bookshelves, there’s a “library table,” stationed in a corner and heavily laden with titles in neat, sturdy stacks. There is no sofa, but a semicircle of chairs, drenched in sun and poised to welcome visitors, provides a moveable, ultra-efficient substitute.  “I work here, I live here, I entertain here, I relax here,” the designer says. “The architecture and the layout are conducive to all of that.”

Jezek, an LA native, came upon the space as the result of a happy confluence of timing and luck. “The owners never advertise it,” she says. A former guest house, “it’s always rented by word of mouth, and has been inherited over the years by a bunch of acquaintances.” Jezek’s predecessor happened to be a friend — and when that friend followed a job to New York, the designer stepped in to fill her place. The owners, who live elsewhere on the property, in a home separated from Jezek’s by a thick barrier of plumbago, welcomed her warmly. “They said, we have two requirements for living here: one, we have to like you and two, we want you to be happy here,” she remembers.

Since then, she’s applied guiding tenets of her design practice — a propensity for warmth, an appreciation for architecture, and a deep respect for the classics — to the house, whose French doors and concrete flooring provided a bright, blank canvas. In many ways, it’s a standing tribute to what’s shaped her: from her own father, an architect influenced by Bauhaus and Dieter Rams (and for whose commercial interior architecture firm Jezek worked as a teenager); to various Czech porcelain artists; to the great designers of Cassina, including Bellini, Magistretti, and Corbusier.

Making a home here has bestowed an added layer of meaning to her work, too. “I’m lucky enough to know what it’s like to live in a really beautiful space that is a big source of joy in my life,” Jezek says. “Providing that to other people is sincerely the best part of the job.”