“I always wanted to live in Benedict Canyon, in Los Angeles, because it reminds me of the road to Hana, in Hawaii. This is [the actress] Dorothy Malone’s old house; it was a small cabin when she lived here, and has been added onto since.
Whenever someone goes out of town and asks, ‘What can I bring back?,’ I always say,
‘Something from a sacred space.’
This wall is like my altar — art by my children, pieces from Egypt near King Tut’s tomb, from Australia, Turkey, and around the world — it represents my many journeys.”
“My kids’ Great Uncle Kurt caught this snapping turtle in South Dakota. Every piece of the animal was put to use; he sent me the claws, which I used for jewelry, and the shell.
It’s a centerpiece for my altar, and symbolizes Mother Earth and fertility in all things.”
“The pillows are from the ‘50s; they belonged to my aunt. I love them because of the memories of my aunt and my grandmother that they inspire.”
“A friend and I were at an event for the artist, Retna, and he was signing dollar bills. I only had a hundred on me, so Retna signed that.
My friend was like: Are you FUCKING kidding me?”
“These are pieces of jewelry I’ve collected through the years.
I grew up in Iran surrounded by beautiful art, poetry, culture, and gems — emeralds, rubies, the Shah’s encrusted crowns — all of which influence my designs today.”
“This is a piece of baleen plate from the inside of a whale’s mouth that my mom brought back to me from Alaska. It displays Eskimo etchings; they use these as canvases for their artworks.”
“I have a lot of books on jewelry, like THE GREAT BOOK OF JEWELS, and others that inspire me.
The large, long necklaces are actually macadamia nuts that were opened by crows. My dad strung them for me as rosaries. He’s an artist, a musician, an actor, a writer… a really cool, interesting, beautiful man who’s always been a great source of inspiration.”
“This is an old rocking chair I found; I reupholstered the top with a ‘50s-era skirt that had the panda print, and the bottom with an old fur coat.”
“I thought this was just a gorgeous antler, but I learned that it’s a sacred shofar, the musical instrument — or horn — that rabbis use.
“The fireplace is lit constantly, and sage is always burning.
Energy is perpetually flowing, clearing, and growing.”
Photography byBramble Trionfo
As told toAnthony Rotunno
Kathy Rose is a jewelry designer and co-founder of Roseark, a lifestyle and accessories boutique in Los Angeles.
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