The Fantastic Four
Meet the decorators whose personal styles are shaping LA interior design.
BY MARIN PRESKE
Amy Kehoe and Todd Nickey
Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe, the duo behind the decorating firm Nickey Kehoe, know that sometimes two is better than one. “We have individual styles, but they overlap and are complementary,” says Nickey, whose tastes tend toward the rustic and daring. The more refined, modern-leaning Kehoe adds, “It’s great because we don’t bring the same thing to the process.” Since its 2004 launch, Nickey Kehoe, has been crafting coolly offbeat interiors for fans, including actor Mark Ruffalo and his wife, Sunrise, as well as current client Natalie Portman. The focus is on spaces that are as functional for the client’s lifestyle as they are stylish (the Ruffalos have three kids). Their LA home-furnishings store is an extension of their grown-up bohemian mien—handpicked vintage gems and custom-made pieces mixed together. And though the two met in New York, LA is the place they identify with most. “The focus is less decorated and more livable here,” says Nickey. Of course, those East Coast roots have to manifest themselves somehow. “It’s embedded in us,” says Kehoe of their affinity for timeworn pieces in up-to-the-minute LA. “We bring an inherited feel to all the newness.” The results seem to bridge the best of both worlds.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK EDWARD HARRIS (TURNER); MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA (MCDONALD)