There’s a little bit of everything in Sacha Strebe’s Los Angeles home. The apartment, in the trendy neighborhood of Silverlake in the city’s east, is a glorious mix of all of Strebe and her husband’s individual tastes. There’s a little California cool (Mid Century Modern chairs, crystals galore), a little of the relaxed, beachy Australian vibe (pale wood, lots of greenery), and there’s even a touch of Europe – courtesy of an antique painting in a stunning gilt frame, Diptyque candles and one big, show-stopping stone column in the bedroom.
“We are travelers at heart,” says Strebe, the former editorial director at interiors website MyDomaine and Create & Cultivate, now editorial director and creative consultant for several businesses. The Australian-born Strebe met her husband while backpacking in Nice almost 20 years ago, and together they’ve brought that love of adventure all the way from Melbourne, where they were previously based, to their current home in Los Angeles. “I really wanted to bring that European sentiment into the space, too,” she says. “Who wouldn’t want to feel like they’re in Italy while they’re working from home in Los Angeles?”
Hi Sacha! This series is called The Makers. What is it that you make?
I’m in the business of making stories come to life. Storytelling is really at the heart of everything I do whether it’s in the literal sense of putting words down on a page or it’s in the physical realm telling stories through design.
How does the act of “making” relate to your personality and who you are?
I am a recovering perfectionist, well at least, that’s what I tell myself anyway. My personality is generally optimist leaning, but that silver lining mentality ends when it comes to the act of “making.” I like to have control and the creative process is the act of relinquishing that control or the end result will feel stifled and posed, not natural and organic.
I love the creative process, but it can be painful and torturous to get to the beautiful images you see or compilation of words you read. The part you're not exposed to is the personal anguish, turmoil, and insane pressure most creatives experience in their quest for beauty. It’s not an easy path. I go through several emotional stages before a story is complete, an interior is designed, or a creative project is finalized. It starts off with excitement and hope which quickly turns into fear and distress.
It’s very normal for me to experience an “I’m a failure” moment or “why am I even doing this?” right before I have a creative breakthrough which then leads me to the final emotion of overall elation and pride for the end result. It’s a crazy ride but I do it over and over and over again. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment, haha.
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