GLB: How long have you lived in your space?
Bre: I pushed for a December 1st move in as I was determined to have a Christmas tree in that beautiful big window. It was magical and a great way to kick off my time in this beautiful home!
GLB: What do you do? Or what industry are you in?
Bre: I’m the General Manager for Santa Monica’s first lady, The Georgian Hotel. I am also an accomplished artist. This unique combination of creativity and business savvy puts me in a place of truly living and embodying the “Art of Hospitality”
GLB: What makes this space “home?”
Bre: The first time I walked in, I felt it in my bones. I knew I had landed where I was meant to be. Being able to mix old with new, as well as embrace history and architecture was so important to me. The character of it all- it’s truly one of a kind. Also, can we talk about those vaulted ceilings and exposed beams in the living room?
GLB: What are 3 things in your home that you can’t live without?
Bre: Art, Music and Love – but also my Eames Chair, and special pieces that I’ve incorporated into my home. I’ve acquired so many interesting and unique things over the years that hold a special place in my heart. Be it experiences, gifts, memory moments attached to them. There’s a lot of joy & happiness encompassed into the space.
GLB: What room do you spend the most time in? Why?
Bre: My dining room nook, I love sitting at my table, opening the windows and just enjoying the light that hits that space. I often enjoy bubbles with friends while music is playing in the background and then just enjoying how the house feels like a dream with fresh flowers, plants and other pieces.
GLB: What are three words to describe your personal/interior style?
Bre: Whimsical, Enchanting, Nostalgic
I love mixing old with new and curating a space. I’m very intentional with my pieces. And I’m constantly moving things around and creating new little beautiful moments within my home.
GLB: What do you love about living in a 1920s home?
Bre: My little casa actually use to sit where the 10 freeway is, it moved in 1950. I love knowing that the bones of the building have been here since 1924, its truly one of a kind. There’s small details throughout that I simply adore.
GLB: What do you love about living in Los Angeles?
Bre: I am a proud Native Angeleno – yet, I have a love/hate relationship with this city. I know, that’s awful to say. Los Angeles is a hub of personalities, surrounded by constant creativity. The energy is infectious, not to mention those palm trees. I adore that family is here and I get so much time with them. After living in Chicago and New York, I miss being able to walk everywhere but slowly LA and I are starting to fall back in love with one another.
GLB: Please tell us about your art and how you got started!
Bre: Oh, art... It was my senior year at LMU and my best friend attended Otis. I loved the creative process and decided to build a studio in our garage. Slowly I realized that people really connect to my art and my process. I paint to music and there’s a lot of emotion and care that goes into it. It really resonates with my audience.
GLB: What is your favorite piece?
Bre: My favorite piece lives at my mother's home, she won’t let me sell it. She says, “Well if you want to sell it make it so expensive, I can’t say no.” I painted it in Maui on Front Street during their art walks. It was the first piece I created that was 4ft by 4ft. It’s yellow which is my favorite color.
GLB: Where can we see your work? Purchase your work?
Bre: During the pandemic Instagram really became my best friend. I use that platform and have shows from time to time. I’ve received many commissions solely off IG. Tomorrow I will be showing at Gallery 33 in The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica. It will be my first solo show since Feb. 2020 and I’m beyond excited.
GLB: What are your favorite neighborhood spots?
Bre: CouCou on Main Street, Cobis, and obvi I love the Georgian Hotel.
GLB: Anything else you’d like to share?
Bre: My artist name is “And The Girl is Happy” which is a playoff of “The Giving Tree”
www.Andthegirlwashappy.com IG: andthegirlwashappy