Get inspired by Pom Pom Interiors founder Hilde Leiaghat as we explore her home away from home.
Imagine having a place you could escape to at the end of the week, where your stress melts away as you gaze upon the serene beauty of a mountain lake surrounded by tall pine and cedar trees. Hilde and Reza Leiaghat did more than just dream of such a place for their family; they made it a reality.
Hilde grew up in the countryside of Belgium, where her father used to take her on jaunts to flea markets. She attributes her love for antiques and linen to that time in her life. “Belgium is a major producer of flax, from which linen is derived,” Hilde explains. She later moved to Los Angeles, California, where she turned her passion for linen goods into two successful enterprises: Pom Pom Interiors retail stores and Pom Pom At Home, a wholesale company headed up by her son Sam, for which she designs and manufactures 100% linen bedding and table fabrics.
But as the demand for her products increased, so did the stress of having two thriving businesses. Pom Pom Interiors has three retail stores: one in Hollywood, one in Santa Monica and a new store in Beverly Hills. Life in LA was exciting but exhausting, and the Leiaghats needed a place to get away—not just once a year, but as often as possible. With two young boys, they wanted to find someplace where the entire family could relax and have fun. Lake Arrowhead, in California’s San Bernadino Mountains, fit the bill perfectly.
A lakeside cabin becomes a family’s weekend retreat.
“It’s an hour and a half from LA, so it’s not a big commitment to go there; we can quickly go and come back,” Hilde says. “It’s a place for us to calm down and de-stress from the work week—we don’t even have a TV or the Internet. All we have is a radio and a CD player. We read, we talk and we get back to basics by connecting with family and friends. When our sons were young we went there a lot; in the summer the kids went boating, and in the winter they went snowboarding. As they got older we didn’t go there as much, but now we are going more again.”
Hilde adds interest to a farm table by draping textiles over it. She layered patterned rugs over a solid beige carpet for a cozy feel.
Their home away from home at Lake Arrowhead is a cabin. But don’t picture the kind of tiny log cabin you might find in the woods; theirs is a big, airy duplex made of wood, with high ceilings and a glass A-frame design that affords a scenic view. “When it snows, it looks like a winter wonderland,” Hilde says.
When you walk through the front door, you have several options. A couple of steps lead down to what had been a play area for the kids, where they stowed their snowboards so they didn’t track in dirt. The main floor has an open floor plan, where the living room, dining room and kitchen flow together. A staircase goes up to the second floor, where there are two bedrooms, a bathroom and an open balcony that looks over the living room to the panoramic view outside.
Shiny copper pots are pretty and practical.
Stay tuned for more winter wonderland!
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Written by Meryl Schoenbaum
Photography by Jacqueline deMontravel