I met Marisa when I worked on a small consult for her previous home in Cheviot Hills. When she decided to move to Calabasas I was bummed to see her leave West LA because she is that cool funny spunky mom friend you adore and want to find every excuse to hang out with. I really couldn't say no to helping her make her new home feel more like her since it would give me the excuse to spend more time with her, even though it was now an hour away. Ha.
Marisa had a clear vision and a tight budget to achieve the modern bohemian look she was after and make it mesh with the traditional bones of the house. We reused much of her existing furniture from her previous home but added a few dramatic new changes to make the home feel new, fresh, and quite different than its previous beige and ornate version.
These changes included ripping the carpets off the stairs, painting them and the railings Hale Navy, and installing a kilim runner.
The kitchen cabinets were painted the same Hale Navy color and adorned with brass knobs and handles from Schoolhouse Electric. We dressed up the breakfast dining nook with new natural colored wishbone chairs, custom pads made of Kantha quilts for the tulip base chairs, and a rad Park Studio LA chandelier.
The dining room boast an oversized round brass mirror, a console from West Elm that was raised to buffet height with taller hairpin legs, and a West Elm dining table and chairs. The new overdyed rug works nicely with the shibori Milton & King wallpaper that steals the show.
With the leftover wallpaper, we were able to tackle the butler's pantry as well.
Serena and Lily color block window panels tie into the kitchen cabinets' navy blue and the relaxed sophistication of the white linen slipcover on the existing sofa. A low danish style lounge chair balances the more formal sofa and the stacks of art books and Marisa's amazing art collection make the living room feel like a Parisian salon. Ethnic textiles throughout the home give it a layered thoughtful feel.
The den is a lively feeling area with the large comfortable sectional stacked with bohemian inspired pillows, cool layered rugs and tall fiddle leaf ficus tree., cool space. Painting the brick media wall with white paint made a huge difference in making the room feel bright and fun.
One of the many things I love about Marisa is her art collection. As an art school graduate, she has a network of artist friends that trade and borrow each others work to round out their personal collections without breaking the bank. She is the queen of gallery walls, found all over her house. One can't help but take a closer look.
You have got to see the dark and dismally overdecorated before pictures from the previous owner to truly appreciate this beautifully chic upgrade.