This Fifth-Generation Angeleno’s Home Is a Love Letter to Her Family and City

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“L.A. runs through my veins,” designer and stylist Jordan Adero says proudly. She’s a fifth-generation Angeleno (on her dad’s side) and the great-granddaughter of Paul R. Williams, the architect behind structures like the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport and the 28th Street YMCA. Adero lived most of her life in a predominantly Black neighborhood in South Los Angeles until she headed to the East Coast after high school, kicking off her interior design career in New York City, working for the likes of Nicole Gibbons and Danielle Colding.

After meeting her husband, Rob, in New York (he happened to be her real-estate agent) and a brief stint in Atlanta years later, where the couple welcomed their first son, Jah (now 2), Adero returned to her roots. At the beginning of the pandemic, the then family of three left Georgia and moved into a two-bedroom apartment in Baldwin Hills that’s only a five-minute walk from her mom’s place. “The moment we walked in, we immediately felt this is where we want to raise our family,” recalls Adero. 

eclectic living room
“Land for Sale” artwork by Rankine, Papaiyo; Vintage Michael Taylor Palm Frond Table Lamp; Striped pillow, Goodee.

You could know nothing about Adero’s past and still understand her love of California by simply stepping inside her space. Much of the art and furniture she’s sourced is from local South L.A. businesses, like mother-daughter–run shop Post 21, and artists, from Mariella Angela, whose oil painting portrait of Tupac Shakur hangs on the main gallery wall, to photographer Kasey Stokes, who captured scenes of lowriders in Crenshaw. “My home is a love letter to my family, my city, and my culture,” says Adero. 

Her space is also a living legacy. In the living room, Jah and his 1-year-old brother, Yasir, can sit at a little desk that once belonged to Adero’s father when he was a child. “For me, design is about longevity. So many pieces in the house were passed down to me from my grandparents or my great-grandparents,” she shares. The curtains in the corner are a custom project: The top part is old Anthropologie window treatments Adero sourced secondhand; the bottom is fabric that the designer’s mom sourced on a trip to Ghana. The pair of authentic Yoruba chairs, which Adero sourced from a vendor who gets the hand-beaded furniture from Nigeria (they take about three months to make), are future heirlooms for her sons. “Everything I do is for them one way or another,” she says.

wood kitchen cabinets
Dish towel, Tensira.

Many of the objects are meant to be conversation starters, whether it’s the collage of family photographs in the entry (look closely and you’ll see a snapshot of Adero’s reporter grandfather interviewing Bob Marley) or the textile hanging on the wall by the dining table (her grandparents brought the fabric back from Egypt where they renewed their vows). “I want my kids to see things and ask about them, so I can tell them little stories about our family and our culture,” she explains. The vibrant cloth is also a reminder of what it takes to maintain a marriage, “especially when things are really busy,” she notes. “You have to carve out time to make special moments with your partner.” 

little boys at kids desk

The abstract painting hanging in the boys’ Yves Klein Blue bedroom is another nod to the couple’s relationship (Adero and her husband made the piece together on one of their first dates). “It took a lot of wine to get to the painting point of the evening, but it was fun,” she says with a laugh. To zhuzh it up a bit, she stuck a vibrant fabric sample in the center. 

crib in blue bedroom
“Young Gifted & Black” pennant, Rayo & Honey; Rug, Pottery Barn Kids.
little bed up against blue wall
Quilts, Jungalow; Audre Lorde pillow, Don’t Sleep Interiors.

Even though Jah and Yasir are surrounded by personal treasures, nothing is overly precious. The crisp white sofa from Crate & Barrel in the living room is meant to be climbed on by the kids. (Psst: The chic piece is slipcovered.) “It has seen wine spills, applesauce, peanut butter—the whole gamut,” Adero confirms. “I’m not always on edge.”

closet filled with colorful clothes

All bookworms at their core, the family doesn’t own a TV. In the living room, the kids’ books are displayed on low shelves so they can access them on their own. In the couple’s bedroom, a James Baldwin quote from If Beale Street Could Talk in bright neon letters lights up the wall: “Love brought you here.” 

nightstand with books
Basket, The Citizenry; Lamp, Anthropologie; Nightstand, World Market.

“It felt really good to be home and feel settled,” says Adero of deciding to make the sign the one-and-only mounted artwork in their room after moving in. “It really felt like love brought us back to L.A. and to each other. It’s the perfect exclamation point to where we are in our lives.” 

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Granada Quilt, Serena u0026 Lily

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2 Sides to Every Story art, Cristina Martinez

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Sundak Storage Basket, The Citizenry

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Woven Mirror Artwork, 54kibo

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Favorite home stores

Where I buy plants and gardening supplies: Mallory With the Flowers

Object in my home that gets the most use: Our dining table. It’s definitely the gathering spot in our home. 

Biggest splurge: The pair of hand-beaded Yoruba chairs I bought for my sons. They were the first purchase I made when moving into the space, and buying them was one of my best decisions.

Biggest save: Hands down the $200 vintage drafting desk that my husband and I use as our workspace. It’s solid wood with a leather top and is pretty stunning. 

This pattern in my home is so me: The piece of mud cloth I have hanging over the work desk that my mother brought back as a gift for me from her trip to Ghana. She’s had such an incredible influence on my style and design sensibilities. I hung it in an unusual fashion because I wanted to give it some dimension and depth. I love how El Anatsui (who is one of my favorite artists) displays his installations, so this is my very elementary ode to him, as well.

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Lydia Geisel

Home Editor

Lydia Geisel has been on the editorial team at Domino since 2017. Today, she writes and edits home and renovation stories, including house tours, before and afters, and DIYs, and leads our design news coverage. She lives in New York City.