<div class="caption"> Beyond the fabulous avocado-olive-lime-green exterior, this home settled in the hills of Echo Park, Los Angeles, is full of delights. The primary bedroom has a walk-in closet and a balcony; one of the rooms has a little loft accessible by a ladder, and there’s even a tucked-away rooftop deck. </div>

Beyond the fabulous avocado-olive-lime-green exterior, this home settled in the hills of Echo Park, Los Angeles, is full of delights. The primary bedroom has a walk-in closet and a balcony; one of the rooms has a little loft accessible by a ladder, and there’s even a tucked-away rooftop deck.

“I was initially drawn to the unique green exterior,” says Candice Molayem, clothing designer and owner of Animal Crackers. “I had also seen photos of the inside when the previous owner lived there, and I loved her 1970s-style of decorating. The tall, slanted ceilings in the upstairs and the walk-in closet were huge draws, but really from the moment I stepped inside, I envisioned myself living there.”

<div class="caption"> Words Candice uses to describe her aesthetic: bold, saturated, retro, future, avant-garde, and <a href="https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/the-jetsons-space-age-style?mbid=synd_yahoo_rss" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:space age" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">space age</a>. </div>
Words Candice uses to describe her aesthetic: bold, saturated, retro, future, avant-garde, and space age.
<div class="caption"> We’ve always loved <a href="https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/giant-everyday-objects-home-decor?mbid=synd_yahoo_rss" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:big novelty furniture" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">big novelty furniture</a> and clearly Candice does too. Here, she has a dining table full of <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandShapedChairs?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=632893809" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:right hands" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">right hands</a> and a giant watch on the wall. The great orange wall light is a custom piece by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/jonnysakhai/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jonny Sakhai" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jonny Sakhai</a>. </div>

While a decked-out, retro, 1970s interior might not draw everyone in, for Candice, this had always been a source of inspiration. “I have been fascinated by this era since I was a teenager,” she says. “It’s evolved a bit from the ’60s to the late ’70s and early ’80s disco era. For the past 10 years or so, I have also been very into retrofuturism. Everything from the 1970s feels like magic—the colors, shapes, and patterns all speak to me.”

<div class="caption"> “Our living room has a very lounge-y vibe which is great for entertaining,” says Candice. The <a href="https://objectsforobjects.com/UOxClever-Color-Block-Coffee-Table" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:coffee table" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">coffee table</a>, we're proud to say, is by Objects for Objects for the <a href="https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/the-urban-outfitters-x-clever-collection-is-here?mbid=synd_yahoo_rss" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters collaboration" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters collaboration</a> we did last year. </div>
“Our living room has a very lounge-y vibe which is great for entertaining,” says Candice. The coffee table, we’re proud to say, is by Objects for Objects for the Urban Outfitters collaboration we did last year.
<div class="caption"> This shelf is another <a href="https://objectsforobjects.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Objects for Objects" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Objects for Objects</a> beauty, full of more oversized objects and hands. </div>

So, nearly four years ago, Candice and her partner moved into the green dream house. For a wider appeal, the interior had been painted completely white when it was put on the market, but with Candice moving in, she made sure to paint every wall in the place. And when she means every wall, she means every wall got COLOR. The living room became cobalt blue, the bedroom became bright orange, the loft became neon green and was filled with neon green clothing and furniture. 

<div class="caption"> “The ‘Green Room’ is often a dressing room for me, and I love to hang out in the loft there to think and read,” says Candice. </div>

“The ‘Green Room’ is often a dressing room for me, and I love to hang out in the loft there to think and read,” says Candice.

“In the kitchen, we added wallpaper and installed an orange Bertazzoni stove. We also converted the garage to an office, design studio, and showroom for Animal Crackers,” says Candice. “I am deeply influenced by my environment, and I have spent years collecting vintage furniture and clothing to help create a space that inspires me. I want everything I am surrounded by to be beautiful and colorful.”

<div class="caption"> “I love cooking, so I spend a ton of time in the kitchen,” says Candice. The orange cast iron cookware matches the <a href="https://fave.co/2G6vVOc" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:orange range" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">orange range</a>. The yellow <a href="https://fave.co/33U0YER" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kitchen Aid mixer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kitchen Aid mixer</a> matches the vintage tray and lemons. </div>
“I love cooking, so I spend a ton of time in the kitchen,” says Candice. The orange cast iron cookware matches the orange range. The yellow Kitchen Aid mixer matches the vintage tray and lemons.
<div class="caption"> It’s no surprise the dishes are exclusively a rainbow array. </div>

It’s no surprise the dishes are exclusively a rainbow array.

⚒ Do It Yourself

Make a mood board How does Candice make such bold walls work with her decor? “Think about how you want to feel in the room and go from there,” she says. “I always make a mood board before painting. I usually go completely monochromatic or I start with a dominant base color and pick two to three contrast colors.”

Let yourself evolve Despite having a solid method for decorating and design, Candice also notes that her process is very intuitive. “I am constantly iterating and playing around with different setups,” she says. “A home is an ever-evolving piece of art, so I try not to be completely married to any design choices.”

<div class="caption"> The primary bedroom includes this sitting area, an array of sunset hues, beiges, and browns. The pair of <a href="https://fave.co/3iZnjat" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jan Ekselius Etcetera easy lounge chairs" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jan Ekselius Etcetera easy lounge chairs</a> are some favorite pieces. </div>
<div class="caption"> It’s hard not to think of all the best Austin Powers quotes when you happen upon the pièce de résistance: a round bed! Candice is on the hunt for a lacquered <a href="https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/unexpected-headboard-designs?mbid=synd_yahoo_rss" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:headboard" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">headboard</a> to complete the look. </div>
It’s hard not to think of all the best Austin Powers quotes when you happen upon the pièce de résistance: a round bed! Candice is on the hunt for a lacquered headboard to complete the look.

🛍 Shop It Out

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Cobalt Blue Left Hand-Shaped Chair, $109, etsy.com

Set of 6 Rainbow Mugs by Heller, $60, comingsoonny.com

1970s Plastic Tabletop Drawers from Bi-Rite Studio, $125, biritestudio.com

Angeline Tiger Orange Area Rug by Hashtag Home, $23, wayfair.com

<div class="caption"> Candice embodies the essence of the 1970s, as evidenced by her style of decor, time as a vintage store owner, and work as a clothing designer. </div>

Candice embodies the essence of the 1970s, as evidenced by her style of decor, time as a vintage store owner, and work as a clothing designer.

<div class="caption"> Luckily there is more than one bathroom, so Candice could add purple to the rainbow interior. </div>

Luckily there is more than one bathroom, so Candice could add purple to the rainbow interior.

<div class="caption"> And yellow. The tile gets extra groovy with a <a href="https://fave.co/2FShBJ6" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:green bubble" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">green bubble</a> pattern. </div>
And yellow. The tile gets extra groovy with a green bubble pattern.
<div class="caption"> The garage is set up as Candice's design studio and it’s easy to see how her clothing and interior styles go hand-in-hand. “In designing my first collection for <a href="https://animalcrackers.clothing/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Animal Crackers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Animal Crackers</a>, I created pieces that would be perfect for a dinner party in my home,” she says. </div>
The garage is set up as Candice’s design studio and it’s easy to see how her clothing and interior styles go hand-in-hand. “In designing my first collection for Animal Crackers, I created pieces that would be perfect for a dinner party in my home,” she says.

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