Veneer Designs


Playa Vista - Open Living Area

I can finally sit down and give you a few more details about the Playa Vista project now that its been on Domino. I want to start with the main living area which entails a grand sized kitchen, the dining area, and the living room. Its the main reason my clients chose this house. For the generous space alone.


The kitchen is simply divine. Just look at that huge island. The house is a new construction where the developers had a very fixed idea about modifications - there are NONE. So as soon as the keys were turned over to my clients we got busy personalizing the home by replacing a lot of fixtures  and adding many customized personal touch to make it feel more special. 


It hurt part of my soul to swap out perfectly good brand new fixtures with newer ones, but the space would have felt pretty blah if we hadn't and the contractor was able to take a lot of it for reuse on other projects. The kitchen cabinets are traditional so we added some youthful pep with brushed brass modern handles, oversized bronze pendants over the island, the bikini stools, and the antique Persian runner. Salvaged wood accessories and plants, bohemian textiles added warmth and texture to the very white space as well.


We really wanted the island to be  a welcoming spot where family and friends frequently gather so the stools were chosen for their style and comfort. The last details were all considered, even the place settings.


Moving into the dining area, we added a built in banquet with drawers for toy storage, lots of ethnic pillows piled high, and black Eames chairs to coordinate with the bikini stools nearby. Comfort and functionality were taken into consideration. We pushed the dining nook against the wall so that the kids would have open floor space to play on that beautiful Indian rug.


Can we just talk about the oversized textile art?! Its a framed black and white Senegalese fabric that is simply stunning in that scale.


Moving into the living room, lots of custom features had to happen to make it work. The first was building a custom fireplace face out of cement hex tiles and a salvaged wood mantel to house the gas fireplace insert. Figuring out how the geometry of the tiles would lay out and overseeing the install was a nail biter.


The second thing we had to work out was a sectional that would be extra cushy, extra deep, extra long and fit the space perfectly.  Clad Home was awesome to collaborate with. We had a unique idea to have an ottoman that could be pushed against the sofa to make it into a sectional, or stand alone as an ottoman. With a walnut table straddling it for placing drinks, THAT could also stand alone as its own piece. Clad Home was able to make this and to very high quality standards. Its a beast, a beautiful beast.


We looked for floor cushions for weeks and couldn't find the right color combinations or global style. So we made our own from African mud cloth. And those tie into the throw pillows and baskets throughout the house.


See that coffee table? Its terrific, but its the third one we tried in the space. We tried wood and other metal alternatives but when something is wrong, it feels wrong. Once this guy got into the space, it was like trying on Cinderella's glass slipper. A perfect fit.


We were able to reuse my clients' existing credenza and Venetian mirror as the entry console. Styled up very pretty it fits into the home's new aesthetic.


Next up, the bedrooms upstairs....

Natalie Myers8 Comments