This Designer Has Mastered the Modern Boho Style
The Butcher’s Daughter founder Heather Tierney cultivates her dreamy California style at work, at home, and wherever she may roam.
Published Jun 12, 2017 4:05 PM
Four years ago—with New York City cocktail gems Apotheke and Pulqueria under her belt—restaurateur and interior designerHeather Tierney
dreamed of opening a daytime hangout. After finding a sun-drenched corner space in Nolita, she got to work whitewashing the wood walls, bringing in bright accents like lemon-colored bar stools, and developing a menu of heritage juices and vegan-leaning dishes.
With fruits and veggies on the chopping block, the name Butcher’s Daughter felt apt. Rather than sausages and shanks hanging from above, she strung up fresh greenery, creating a distinctly California vibe. So opening a sister location in Venice Beach last year was a natural next step.
Lured by the West Coast’s forever sunny skies, Tierney moved to Los Angeles, took some time off, and fell in love with her now-fiancé, Jake Mathews. The couple lives a stone’s throw from Abbot Kinney Boulevard and the latest Butcher’s Daughter outpost (shown above), which draws creative types and cool kids with a hankering for mango lassi smoothies and smashed avocado toast. Tierney’s other property, a tiny hideaway on the Venice Beach canals, has been transformed into her version of a B&B: a bungalow-and-breakfast available to rent on Airbnb.
Her old-is-unexpectedly-new-again style manifests throughout all of her spaces. “It’s modern-day living but in a more bohemian way,” says Tierney, who recently started the agency Wanderlust as a catchall for any project that encompasses design. “I love to blur the line of where the indoors stop and the outdoors begin.” We caught up with Tierney to learn more about her inspiration, favorite local shops, and how she brings her signature style to life at home.
Bring the inside out
Whether working with her home’s spacious yard or her rental bungalow’s small patch of grass overlooking the canal, creating a gathering spot is Tierney’s top priority. At the former, she assembled an indoor-style lounge area complete with outdoor sofa, lounge chairs, and floor cushions. “A fire pit surrounded by vintage butterfly chairs really adds to the coziness,” she says. Her material of choice: “Leather lasts outdoors and looks great as it gets weathered by the sun.”
Strong meets soft
The cool concrete, light wood floors, and steel windows of Tierney’s converted 1920s home could come off as austere, but she has a way of softening things up. “The key to keeping a room in balance is working with materials that have both masculine and feminine energy,” she explains.
In the bathroom, poured concrete is paired with cream ceramics, sandy-hued baskets, and an antique mirror. Tierney also had door panels made from a large vintage Mexican blanket to bring in texture and draping.
Shop like a local
Tierney’s hunt goes far beyond Etsy and eBay shops. In addition to her regular flea market circuit, she has discovered artists simply by exploring her neighborhood. A painting on an old mailbox spied in Venice led her to local artist Alisha Sofia, who made the custom watercolor of a girl surfing in a sea of succulents. Another favorite: a dark, modern macramé piece by Ojai-based Sally England, which hangs in her living room.
When Tierney bought her 1,200-square-foot rental bungalow, she tore up the carpets, whitewashed the wood, and brought in a mid-century Malm fireplace. “I wanted to create a total beachy vibe,” she says.
In came the rattan furniture, like a 1960s dome chair and curved bed (shown here). “Flea market finds feel fresh when you pair them with a few sleek and modern pieces,” she recommends. “Otherwise they can look dated.”
Being in one of Tierney’s spaces is all about lounging. “Adding pillows, preferably ones filled with down or a down alternative, is essential for making a room comfy,” she says. “You want to have several areas you can just fall into.” In the living room, that means a traditional Indian charpai wedding bed covered in throw pillows, and on the porch, a circular rattan chair layered with striped cotton blankets.
Set your green scene
“I like to style the greenery and plants differently to suit the mood of each space,” explains Tierney, who has such a thing for plants that her fiancé had to hold an intervention when she brought home one too many of her little green friends. “For more of a bohemian/desert look, I like cactus. Flowing succulents add a feminine feeling to a room that may seem cold without them.”
This summer, look for The Butcher’s Daughter truck on the Venice Beach boardwalk. Grab a juice and Surfer’s Breakfast burrito to go, the perfect fuel for cruising the neighborhood, then hit up some of Tierney’s favorite spots:
Venice Vintage Paradise
, 2304 Abbot Kinney Boulevard “It sources a lot of rattan, and I found the bar in my bungalow here (it’s actually a really cool coatrack that I turned into a bar cart). Venice Vintage also has great rugs, Navajo blankets, and baskets.”
2308 Abbot Kinney Boulevard “More modern with a boho flair, this new shop sells designer-made goods, like a bean-bag chair covered in a wool cable-knit that we keep in our office.”
, 620 Lincoln Boulevard “This plant guy knows I can’t resist a good succulent! He’ll text me photos of cool stuff he’s received, even though I have nowhere to put anything…but adding a big cactus inside or outdoors is so California.”
Rose Bowl Flea Market
, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena “I love not having any reason to go and just seeing what I find. Lately, I’ve been shopping with friends who have recently moved from New York to help give their new homes more of a West Coast feel.”
Shop the shoot:
Natural Belly Basket by Olli Ella, Domino shop, $29; Chantilly Wool Rug by Magnolia Home, Garnet Hill, from $128; Suji Shibori Stripe Beach Blanket in Indigo by Katrin Reifeiss, Domino shop, $137.99; Microdot Surfboard, Lone Wolfs, $725; Pari Rattan Daybed by Anthropologie, Domino shop, $998; Modern Copper Watering Can by West Elm, Domino shop, $69; Wall Hanging, Heather Levine Ceramics, from $150.