A Taste of Honey

Tamara Kaye-Honey home D-14 copy


The owners

Canadian-born designer Tamara Kaye-Honey, creative director of interior design practice House of Honey, lives in this large four-bedroomed 1920s Tudor house near Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Ryan, and their two children, Phia and Streak.

LA-based designer Tamara Kaye-Honey applied her unique style to her own home, creating a modern, family-focused kitchen and an idyllic master bathroom

Relocating to Los Angeles, California, gave Tamara Kaye-Honey and her husband, Ryan, the chance to take on a big renovation project. The couple struck gold when they came across a mid-century mock Tudor home in Altadena, a suburban area of Southern California that is just a short ride from the city. After a lengthy renovation process of five years, the house now boasts a large kitchen and a magnificent master bathroom suite in the loft.

The kitchen is the heart of the family home. Knocking down a shared wall between the original kitchen and an adjacent bedroom gave the new space a much larger footprint, suitable for a busy family. The room is light and airy, featuring slick Scandinavian cabinetry, a light Calacatta gold marble clad island and contemporary stainless steel appliances. 

The loft’s shape dictated much of its design. Alongside the bathroom, the first storey also features the master bedroom, dressing room, office, den and media room. The bathroom itself also includes heated floors, glossy un-lacquered brassware from Waterworks, a custom-made vanity and a completely bespoke steam shower, which is built into one of the loft’s gables. “The bathroom is a very intimate space and should be an extension of the home, not an after thought,” says Tamara. “It’s a great opportunity to express ones personality and have some fun!”

After the large renovations all that remained was to add some stylish finishing touches, which included furnishing the kitchen with chic Modernica wire chairs with white leather covers and introducing the eclectic Droog Milk Bottle lamp and large chalkboard wall into the breakfast area.

The final result is a stylish and contemporary family home that embraces the best of California, while remembering the charm of the homeowners’ Canadian heritage.

The Designer

“I think the sculptural nature of a freestanding bath adds both grandeur and simplicity to a space. A freestanding bathtub feels like a piece of art and grounds the room, yet its functionality makes it totally practical. It tells people to take the time to enjoy a minute to themselves without the constraints of enclosing walls. I find it quite freeing!”

Tamara Kaye-Honey, creative director and principal, House of Honey

The Details


Kitchen design by Tamara Kaye-Honey, creative director and principal of American boutique design studio, House of Honey, including Calacatta gold marble worktops, vintage lighting and Scandinavian cabinetry houseofhoney.com

Viking VCSB5423 side-by-side fridge freezer, VCWH high-ceiling chimney wall extractor hood, VGCC Professional 5 Series gas range cooker vikingrange.com

Bosch Serie 8 SMV88TD00G fully integrated dishwasher, similar to dishwasher bosch-home.co.uk


Bathroom design by Tamara Kaye-Honey, creative director and principal of House of Honey, including vintage seahorse door handles, custom shower enclosure, and accessories and lighting sourced from 1st Dibs as before

Victoria + Albert Napoli freestanding bathtub vandabaths.com

Waterworks Henry low-profile bath filler with hand shower in un-lacquered brass finish waterworks.com

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