Grammy-winning No Doubt rocker Tony Kanal and his family go plant-based in their cutting-edge-cool, cruelty-free home.
The Kanals enjoy time with their girls in the playroom.
In the case of No Doubt’s Tony Kanal and his wife, Erin Lokitz, the couple who goes vegan together stays together. For six years now, they have subscribed to a cruelty-free plant-based diet, and more recently, with the help of Studio Hus founder and creative director Tatum Kendrick (other boldface clients include Moby and Walton Goggins), their home does too. This is LA, after all. “We had down couches, wool blankets,” admits Kanal. “Once we became aware of how animals were exploited to harvest these items, we were devastated. When it came time to redecorate, we knew none of these things would be welcome.”
Prince’s “Take Me With You” lyrics were made into a neon work of art displayed above an oversize pink velvet sectional in the screening room.
After meeting Kendrick when their kids were in preschool together, the duo hired her to bring her expertise to their revamp. “We don’t believe you have to use animal products—silk, wool, leather or any skins—to have a beautiful home,” says Lokitz. “Tatum really helped us prove that.” Indeed, their 1920s Spanish place in LA’s Eastside has a modern, playful and subtly masculine feel, while embracing the whole family. It’s Kendrick’s first 100 percent vegan residence, though she is noticing an increasing demand for it in LA. “I often have clients request that we not use animal skins or leathers, which I’m more than happy to abide by,” she says.
The playroom’s moody blue walls create the perfect backdrop for the girls’ brass clothes rack, which houses their collection of colorful dress-up outfits.
The Grammy-winning musician’s favorite space is his office, where his desk has views of the city. They didn’t sacrifice anything—least of all comfort. The movie room-slash-playroom mixes all of their personalities with a vibrant, luxe feel thanks to an oversize pink velvet marshmallowesque sofa that has the look of mohair but is softer and more kid-friendly. “Erin and Tony picked a song lyric and we had it made into a large neon art piece that makes my heart swoon every time I read it,” says Kendrick. The family room boasts a ’70s vibe with child-and pet-proof seating via a custom-made sofa that can be bleached and scrubbed. “And no geese were hurt in the making of our couch!” says Lokitz. “There may be a presumption that if something is vegan it might not be stylish, but when guests walk in, they feel differently,” adds Lokitz, who was open to all the vibrant touches and textures Kendrick threw at her. That’s not to say filling a home with only environmentally sound, plant-based furnishings is a piece of flourless cake. The biggest challenge, according to Kendrick, was finding high-quality rugs that feel great underfoot. “Often,” she says, “cotton kilims or dhurries look great but are not that cozy and don’t wear as well as traditional wool carpets.” Still, she found a synthetic cut-pile alternative from Perennials Fabrics. Highend recycling can be part of the equation too: They reupholstered iconic Vladimir Kagan lounge chairs in metallic pleather and a Desde armchair to add that cool vintage vibe. It’s one of Kendrick’s favorite looks, along with a daybed pillow with an exaggerated rayon fringe on one end. “I call it the side ponytail pillow. It’s superfun and feels really good to run your hands through.” Some might expect a vegan home to feel sterile or plain because of material limitations. But Kanal’s is anything but. And it’s highly personal, as the best homes are. Says Kendrick: “I think social responsibility in general is more prevalent in Hollywood, and I am so happy celebrities are using their platform to spread awareness.”