Name: Kirk and Anna Nozaki, Naomi, and pups Keiko and Buster.
Location: Ojai, California
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years Lived In: 3 years, owned
Kirk and Anna moved from Silver Lake in Los Angeles to Ojai in 2014 to raise their daughter Naomi. Anna grew up in a small town in Alaska that was full of nature and had a supportive, tight-knit community. They wanted the same for their daughter. As luck would have it, friends of theirs owned this house and were planning to sell, but Anna and Kirk scooped it up even before it went on the market.
With no shortage of creative people, Ojai is not your average small town. “There’s really an appreciation of the arts and community. It’s a small town without being narrow-minded and there’s an influx of energy and curiosity here,” she says. “We love it.”
The two wanted to contribute to this creative community. So they opened Cattywampus Crafts, “a gathering place and creative resource for craftspeople and artisans.” Kirk has a background in fashion and interior design and Anna is an award-winning graphic designer and art director. Their home is a beautiful collision of their creative careers with their love for handmade objects.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Mid-century, handmade, natural.
Inspiration: Japan, nature, history.
Favorite Element: Wood
Biggest Challenge: The living area is quite small compared to the size of the bedrooms and outdoor space. We struggled with how to make the communal spaces work for us. We like having friends over for casual meals and BBQs, so we built an outdoor “room” with a big sofa lounge area and long table under a shade structure. Ojai’s weather is pretty great, so we use that space nine out of twelve months.
What Friends Say: Our friends love the kitchen materials and luxurious hotel-style bathroom. Those features were like that when we bought it. Thanks previous owner! They also love the landscaping. That is all thanks to Kirk.
Biggest Embarrassment: We never realize how fragile our living room is until we have friends with kids over. Obviously we have a kid, so we just assume our house is kid friendly. But our kid is used to having ceramics and glass pieces around that make that area not good for being wild. I feel badly when friends can’t relax when the kids are inside. Fortunately, our outdoor areas are fun to explore and play around.
Proudest DIY: The light fixture hanging over our dining table was one of Kirk’s early designs for a small collection of macrame leather goods he had in the early 2000s. He designed it and had it made in India. We recently had more made for our store in different materials. We love them!
Biggest Indulgence: We have a lot of mid-century furniture. Kirk started collecting most of it decades ago before it was so popular. We couldn’t afford to buy those pieces now. Our most prized possession is the Vladimir Kagen chair in the living room with its retractable footrest. The footrest is manufactured like a watch wristband. It is beautiful and sculptural.
Best Advice: Buy quality pieces you love and take care of them! Quality isn’t always expensive, but it does require looking closely, so take your time. We go to lots of flea markets and estate sales, building up our decor over time.
Dream Sources: Flea markets and estate sales, Midcentury LA in North Hollywood, Lawson-Fenning and OK Store both in Silver Lake.
Mirror — MidCentury LA
Vintage Native American Rug — flea market
Carved wood bear from Hokkaido, Japan —Etsy
Churchill Ceramics vases — Cattywampus Crafts
Vivan curtains throughout house — Ikea
Ikebana Japanese baskets — Kirk’s travels to Tokyo
Vladimir Kagen chair — 1st Dibs
Picaso needlepoint pillow — PCC Flea Market
Mohair sofa — 10 Ten
Paul McCobb — 1st Dibs
Gioponti glass coffee table — 1st Dibs
Alison Berger glass sculptures / vases — Estate Sale
George Nelson bench — 1st Dibs
Isamu Noguchi floor lamp — OK Store
Macrame wall hanging — Cattywampus Crafts
Curtis Jere bird wall hanging — 1st Dibs
Wabi Sabi leather macrame pillows — Cattywampus Crafts
George Nelson cabinet — 1st Dibs
Neem brushed wool blanket — Cattywampus Crafts
Bed frame — Design Within Reach
Mateus bed linens — ABC Carpet & Home
Neem brushed wool throw — Cattywampus Crafts
Alvar Alto chair — 1st Dibs
George Nelson night stands — 1st Dibs
Will Barnet lithograph print — Alexandre Gallery
Vintage wool rug — Midcentury LA
Bed frame — Flea market
Nani Iro bed linens — Cattywampus Crafts
Rug — Lawsen-Fenning
Rocking chair — Midcentury LA
Dresser — Midcentury LA
Planter — Modernica
Embroidered pillow — Tusk & Coral
Bed frame — Midcentury LA
Belgium linen bedding — Restoration Hardware
Gioponti wicker / wood chairs — 1st Dibs
Paintings — Flea Markets
George Nelson dressers — 1st Dibs
Bruno Matheson leather / wood chair — 1st Dibs