Instagram Stories: @NickeyKehoe
The owners of L.A.'s most beloved design shop and interiors firm share the insight that has made their Instagram feed a must follow.
In the late aughts, Nickey Kehoe was the West Coast design scene's best-kept secret. The brainchild of Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe, the home decor store made a name for itself with boho-friendly interiors that mix the perfect amount of patina and polish. Now the shop and its eponymous design firm has become a household name, with clients that range from fashion designer Jenni Kayne to actress-entrepreneur Jessica Alba—and the Instagram feed to match. Filled with vintage treasures, pitch-perfect vignettes, and covetable custom furnishings, the interiors have enough inspiration to go around. Join us for the ride.
“Amy and I are old friends from New York, and we always respected and enjoyed one another's company and taste. We started working together in 2004, when we both moved (separately) to Los Angeles. I was working in retail design at Ralph Lauren and Theory while Amy was in the hospitality world at Starwood Hotels. We always fantasized about shopping for treasures without the pressure of necessarily pleasing our interior design clients; hence the Nickey Kehoe Shop was born in 2008. ”
“It’s fun to be able to connect directly with customers when they’re excited about products we’re featuring. Each vignette we style attempts to tell many stories so it’s never too literal and offers a glimpse into the ever-expanding Nickey Kehoe world. Our main direction for the posts is to try and feature products in interesting ways, thinking of them more as a peek into the window rather than a staged use of products. Hopefully, viewers are intrigued and want to see more.”
“We both love items and rooms that, again, tell a story, have a sense of humor, and are elegant but not too serious. We love working with clients that are willing to take risks, are very patient, and love to have a laugh when it comes to home. Life is too short and home too important to be negative. We like to see a spectrum of tastes with an emphasis on the handmade. Nothing is ever too glossy or “fancy” and rarely mass-produced. We feel our shop has a warmth to it that many people are looking for, and most of our designers and artisans have this warmth at the core of their soul that translates to their work.”
“On the one hand, the home should be a place to be lived in, not photographed. On the other hand, a photogenic home often is easy to live in. But for the aspiring photographer or stylist, the crucial thing is to have elements of old and new, organic and structured, colorful and rustic.”