Minnie Driver, the English actress and long term LA resident, recently moved into a 1940’s ranch style house in the Hollywood Hills. Driver is well-traveled, spending many childhood summers in Barbados and later filming in exotic locations, and she knew she was looking for a designer who could successfully mold together her global collection of furniture, vintage textiles and art.
She hired fellow Brit, the designer Peter Dunham, also a long time LA resident. His signature style is a mix of English whimsy paired with global influences, also picked up from early travels in Europe.
Dunham explains, “the English have always had a fascination with other cultures, whether Mediterranean, Far Eastern, or African. We brought all these different influences with us when we returned from the colonies.”
And finally, that bedroom…….. no subtlety or blank canvas here!
A new fabric was actually created from the border of a vintage block print design. It was blown up on a laser printer and is now named after Driver.
Despite all the vibrancy and vintage items, Driver insisted the home be “multi purpose” and practical for her children and it seems like the Driver-Dunham partnership has been able to meet everyone’s needs.