Jody & Her Home
All it takes is one peek inside designer Jody Olivier's relaxed, chic space to confirm that she has mastered the art of refined living. Every detail in the Olivier abode is stunning, from the graphic electric blue rug in the dining room to the charming wide-eyed mirror in the foyer. It's impossible to choose just one standout detail!
Fueled by an insatiable passion for design, Jody has channeled her energy into the creation of INDIEbungalow, an online business selling handmade home décor accents. As a self-proclaimed lover of all things beautiful and unique, it's clear that Jody's gorgeous home takes its cues from her personal style. Her boho home is a beautiful blend of neutral furnishings and eclectic accents that have us swooning.
For those of you who go gaga over relaxed zen style, or in case you're consistently captivated by the entrepreneurial lifestyle, keep scrolling to see more of Jody's peaceful abode, and to learn about the paths she took to bring her business to life!
Tell us about your home! What was your main goal with the design and color palette of the spaces?
We looked for three years to find this place. As soon as my realtor and I walked up to the 15-foot copper doors, I told her, "This is the one." The first owners were Harry James from the Big Band era, and his partner, model and actress, Betty Grable. Harry gave Frank Sinatra his start in the industry and our home was a very popular hangout for the Rat Pack. Later, Dustin Hoffman lived here. Our home is mid-century modern, but the design and furnishings are pretty eclectic. I love Balinese homes and the two styles blend very well together. My goal was to create a peaceful, zen oasis that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Who are your interior design muses?
I love Kirsten from Kirsten Marie Interiors. I feel like she could do whatever she wanted to our house and I would love it. I'm also a huge fan of Erica Reitman. I love how Erica is completely unconventional and everything is cool. She's a total flea market goddess, but also knows a thing or two about luxury. Who mixes a super-chic Kelly Wearstler pleated leather bed with a small vintage rattan coat rack used as a night stand? Erica Reitman does and it's the most amazing thing ever.
The first owners were Harry James from the Big Band era, and his partner, model and actress, Betty Grable. Harry gave Frank Sinatra his start in the industry and our home was a very popular hangout for the Rat Pack.
What do we need to know about your brand INDIEbungalow? When did you launch, and what made you decide to take the leap?
I've always been creative and if I can't find something I'm looking for, I figure out how to make it myself. That's how I started making lamp shades in 2013. I was looking for something that had a tribal feel made out of a beautiful textile, so I made one. After getting several requests from friends and family, I decided to give selling them a shot. Eventually that turned into making pillows out of the same kinds of vintage textiles.
What do you love most about being a creative entrepreneur?
I love going into my studio, putting either music or my favorite podcasts on and just making what feels right at that moment. I'm starting to steer my business away from custom and made-to-order items because, to be very honest, that's not fun for me and doesn't feel creative. It is a large part of my business, but it's very important for me to enjoy what I'm doing.
We love the minimalist vibe of your home and the fact that you seem to have only the most beloved pieces out on display! When considering adding a new purchase to your home, what does the piece have to have in order to make it worthy for your light-and-airy home?
I'm a minimalist at heart and believe in only having things I absolutely love. I would never buy something to just fill up the space. For me, furnishing a home takes years. I would rather eat dinner sitting on the floor than have a dining table or chairs that were there purely for function.
I love going into my studio, putting either music or my favorite podcasts on and just making what feels right at that moment.
How did you get into sewing?
I started sewing in high school when the most important thing in the world for me was to have perfectly pegged vintage 501 jeans. My mom taught me the basics and I just went on from there.
Who's your style icon?
Style icons are Kate Moss and Helena Christensen—little "rock and roll," and a little "rich bohemian."
How do you come up with designs for the INDIEbungalow shop? Describe your creative process.
My creative process is basically just doing what I like at that moment.
What room in your home do you always go to when you need an escape?
My work studio off the side of the house is my escape. It's all me in there. I've been known to lock the door and put headphones on so I can't hear any knocking.
Go-to words to live by?
Know when to give up and have a margarita.
What do you always keep stocked in your fridge?
I always keep wine stocked in my fringe.
For me, furnishing a home takes years. I would rather eat dinner sitting on the floor than have a dining table or chairs that were there purely for function.
What are your favorite places to shop for clothing?
Favorite breakfast for hectic mornings?
I make a breakfast shake that keeps me going for hours. If I don't have one in the morning, I'm starving and eating all day. It has chocolate protein powder, a spoonful of instant coffee, a huge scoop of peanut butter, banana and ice.
We love seeing your dog's fluffy face pop up on your Instagram feed! How do you keep your home clean with a pup in tow?
Our puppy Stevie Nicks brings so much laughter into our home, but she also brings a lot of sticks, barkdust and dirt. We have a very indoor/outdoor-oriented house and her favorite thing to do is bring the outdoors in. At first it drove me crazy, but now I'm like, "Whatever makes her happy." I have this wall hanging from BOHO by Lauren and the other day I noticed it had some pieces of barkdust hanging off of it. I have no idea how she managed that one because she can't reach it.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since opening your own business?
The biggest lesson I've learned since opening my own business is to stay true to myself. Also, only sell items that are easy to ship. That last one is life-changing.