Along with Marisa's move and home updating, her best friend Lisa was part of the design package. The two friends were moving at the same time with their families to the same community in Calabasas. What's even crazier is that they run an impressive party styling business together too called LA Party Stylists. I had already met and worked with Lisa in her previous West LA home on a bathroom remodel. Working with her again, along with Marisa, was a no brainer. I knew between the 3 of us using our combined creativity on 2 homes, we would come up with something breathtaking and unique.
The home started out as your typical over the top outdated travertine, granite, and beige construction. The task of turning it into something that felt as young and edgy as Lisa and her family seemed daunting, but we broke it down room by room and before we new it we had something very special happening. We couldn't feasibly change the flooring and her husband was hesitant of a major remodeling after the such a large home purchase, so we had to be mindful of what we changed and how to hide the things we couldn't.
Enter the transformative magic of paint is very clear here for brightening and lightening up the overall feel of the space with specific lighting and streamlined furniture to give the home a chic look. My signature mix of modern furniture pieces with ethnic textiles and organic textures came together to create this California cool home.
In the kitchen we painted the cabinets Benjamin Moore Valley Forge Tan, along with a new countertop and backsplash, and designers' favorite Lewis Dolinbar pulls in polished brass. Lisa had always dreamed of a banquette and I knew the Serena and Lily bench was a beautiful way to tie the tones of her kitchen to the casual chic vibe of the house. With white and oak Prouve type dining chairs and a Saarinen oval table, we were set.
The living room is pretty rock and roll with a large grey wall hanging, sling arm chairs layered with sheepskin throws, brassy coffee table and marble side table from West Elm, and a fabulous white linen sofa from Clad Home. The dark vintage turkish rugs ground the arrangement and give the sofa and tables a chance to dramatically pop.
I'm obsessed with that dining room! It came together simply and effortlessly with an extra long 11' dining table for the two families to gather weekly, the buffet from HD Buttercup, and two CB2 rugs layered to create one large area rug that strategically covers the existing floor. The leather schoolhouse chairs from Rejuvenation give it a rustic casual comfort and the brass chandelier provides a touch of glamour along with the Kelly Wearstler sconces.
We had to redo the fireplace mantel into a clean and minimal design since the existing decorative plaster one was just awful.
The game room was challenging to say the least. We didn't really know what to do with that room since they didn't need a home office or another bedroom or another den. I knew I wanted to paint every surface Benjamin Moore Soot and hang a brass sputnick light but beyond that it was a big question mark. We tried it as a salon configuration, then more of a sports bar with a pub table and all, and finally settled on a game room with a built in bar. Its actually a big hit and all of their visitors love spending time in that room. The leather chairs are from Pottery barn, the game table from Wayfair, and the Sputnick from Lucentlight shop.
Immediately across the foyer is the guest powder room. Nothing more than painted cabinets and new hardware along with wallpaper to make this room go from wretched to wowza. And a small rug to cover the heinous tile work.
Its not actually SoCal living without an outdoor living space. A shaded lounge area and poolside chaise chairs complete the scene.
I really love how this house turned out. A mix of new traditional fitting to the structure, a mix of modern bohemian fitting to Veneer Designs, and a splash of edgy glamour that is all Lisa. Take a look at where we started to appreciate how far we got.