The actress and musician offers an intimate view of life in her vibrant, beachy digs
"I just thought this place was perfect, and then we made it home," Mía Maestro says of the Venice Beach bungalow where she lives with boyfriend and professional surfer Dan Ross. In the living room, a group of frame drums and tambourines plays off the abstract painting The Disappearance of Gustave by Elizabeth Neel. Berber rug fromDream Collective; pillow from Nickey Kehoe; wooden stool by Dewey Ambrosino. Lace dress by Alice by Temperley.
Open Door Policy
"There’s a great community in Venice," says Maestro. "Some of my best friends live around here; there’s a very European feel to it."
Maestro cuts a fine figure on her front porch in a dress by Mary Katrantzou. Earthenware vase byApril Napier.
A trio of Ross's surfboards stands to one side of the door; just inside, a pair of Clare Vivier tassel keychains tops a stack of books from Maestro's considerable library. Striped door mat by Maine Float-Rope Co.
Colorful throw pillows, including an orange ikat version by Nathan Turner, adorn a low Case Study daybed by Modernica and spill over onto the floor in the living room.
The Little Things
Maestro's sun hats hang by the door with a summery striped towel from Nickey Kehoe and a collection of farmers' market–ready bags, including an orange net version by And So It Goes and a canvas tote by Clare Vivier. An embroidered denim pillow complements an arrangement of fresh clover in the living room; ceramic vase by Victoria Morris Pottery.
Maestro gets comfortable on a color-drenched Berber rug. Jumpsuit by Zimmerman.
"The whole wall was packed with surfboards," says Maestro, who asked Ross to pare down his collection—which numbers upward of 60—to "just the necessary surfboards" for the photo shoot. In the dining room, a midcentury table offsets original dark-wood moldings. Vintage table runner from Nicky Kehoe.
An accomplished singer-songwriter (check out the high-art video for "Blue Eyed Sailor"here), Maestro keeps her prized 1957 00-18 Martin guitar at the ready in the corner. The 1973 Rhodes electric piano is topped with a cobalt lamp byVictoria Morris Pottery and handmade coasters by Bari Ziperstein.
Brass hardware offsets classic white tile and cabinetry in the petite kitchen, where Maestro indulges her love for cooking by cheffing up all manner of egg-centric breakfast specialties. Hand soap by Common Good; enamel kettle by Noda Horo.
A ceramic wall hanging by local artist Heather Levine sets an artsy, mystical tone at the door; upstairs in her tranquil bedroom, Maestro models a one-of-a-kind MaxMara dress.
A nude portrait of Maestro—taken in the wilderness of Topanga Canyon by photographer and chocolate-shop owner Bunni Wyldeflower—hangs next to her bed. "If you're doing a nude picture, it’s good to have one of your best friends behind the lens," Maestro observes. Midcentury nightstand from JP Denmark; white vase byVictoria Morris Pottery.
Maestro's passion for tea, nurtured by the nonprofit Global Tea Hut, manifests itself in immaculately presented Gong Fu–style services: here, a bonsai ficus plant picked up in L.A.'s Little Tokyo neighborhood partners an illustrative ceramic platter by Japanese artist Makoto Kagoshima. "It's a companion for the tea," Maestro says.
"I don't have that [negative] thing about 'the industry.' If I don't like a city, I won't live in it. And if I didn't like the people I worked with for my job, I wouldn't do it," says Maestro. "But there's something about living in Venice—people don't talk about work all the time, which I appreciate."