Veneer Designs 

Veneer Designs is a full service interior design studio that brings in a modern organic mid-century inspired perspective to contemporary spaces. From full home renovations, space planning, to kitchen and bath remodels, to simply helping you pick a color scheme and that perfect end table - we are personally invested in making your interiors our dream space.

Dreamy Malibu Beach Vacation House

A boring builder grade 1800 SF house with spectacular Pacific Ocean views was transformed into an airy, beachy modern vacation home for a gracious couple and their lucky weekend guests. Every detail was taken into account by Veneer - starting with all the finishes and fixtures, to the Shaker meets modern kitchen with shiplap backsplash, to the luxe marble clad master bathroom with custom vanity, to special wallpaper. Down to the bedding, art, guest towels, and even shelf decor accessories. From top to bottom, the home vibrates with the modern bohemian California cool energy the studio is known for. So much so that the couple is considering downsizing from their main residence and taking up full time occupancy.


A Timeless Santa Monica Kitchen

A large kitchen in an architecturally significant home in the North of Montana neighborhood of Santa Monica was stuck in the 90s. It was given a complete remodel to bring it into this century with a timeless classic modern look. Integrating custom walnut cabinetry with Calacatta gold marble counters, a custom soapstone dining table, a mix of vintage Danish and modern brass lighting fixtures, and a curated art install in line with the home's impeccable art collection. The kitchen became a stunning focal point of the luxe home.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam


A Private Retreat for a Stylish Bachelor

A private retreat for a gentleman in the heart of the Laurel Canyon. The home was previously remodeled by Barbara Bestor Architecture. A desire to relate the interior furnishings and fixtures to the architect's modern and bold design choices, as well as the earthy Laurel Canyon community drove the design choices. Layers of vintage, midcentury inspired profiles, and clean lines were combined to create a wholly unique combination. Both a soothing sanctuary and an exciting environment to spend time in, the 3 bedroom home is a true gem.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured in Domino Magazine


Minimalist Zen for a Family Home

 

A smaller family home in Culver City exemplifies that with thoughtful selections and great restraint, a minimally zen space is possible. Even with two small boys. Modern organic forms keeps the bright gallery like space from feeling too cold and spare. Natural textures, curated textiles and accessories, with an artful selection of paintings and books elevate the spirit and its users. The space perfectly balances Scandinavian and Japanese influences in a modern California family home.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured in Domino Magazine

 

 

Midcentury Modern Remodel with Charm

A midcentury home in the Culcrest area of Culver City needed to be updated but retain its original charm. A modern viewpoint was applied to the old layout to create a crisp, clean, inviting home with some retro notes. First the galley kitchen was addressed by tearing down a partition wall between the laundry area and the kitchen area. And slightly reconfigured. Next, we cleaned up the exterior by painting the brick and trim as well as updating the lights, landscaping, and house numbers. Finally, we tackled 3 bathroom remodels. A small powder room and kids' bathroom that related to each other with funky black and white tile. Then a master suite reconfiguration with a new walk-in closet to the marble clad spa like shower.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

 

 

Luxe Bohemian in the Trousdale Estates

The stunning midcentury modern house in the Trousdale Estates area of the Hollywood Hills is a first home for a glamorous newlywed couple who wanted it to be a show stopper. 

The house, originally built by master architect Richard Dorman for Beverly Garland, was recently renovated in 2012 by architect Padraic Cassidy. Veneer Designs was charged with outfitting the pedigreed luxury home with a mix of bohemian and earthy wares inspired by its Laurel Canyon neighborhood as well as iconic design pieces and modern classics that elude to the bustle and glamour of Sunset Boulevard below.

A striking balance was achieved with vintage rugs and casegoods, modern art, iconic classics, and youthful accessories in the main living area, the master suite, guest suite, home office, and outdoor living spaces,  A truly original home that also encapsulates the enchanting California Dreaming lifestyle.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured in Domino Magazine

 

 

Design Remedy for a Less Than Stellar Flip

A hip couple had newly acquired a classic U shaped 4000 SF midcentury home neighboring Griffith Park in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house been briskly renovated by flippers for less then stellar results. My clients wanted the kitchen and bathrooms to feel special, thoughtful, and high end. 

The kitchen was reconfigured to showcase a central island with waterfall edges and light open shelving. Custom walnut cabinetry with brass and matte black accents keep it feeling both warm and masculine. The bathrooms took cues from the kitchen finishes and a more restrained Scandinavian feel.

The clients had moved from a 1900 SF home and were expecting twins, which required filling many rooms with a mix of their previous furnishings, unique vintage items, and artfully selected textiles, rugs, furniture, and accessories. The resulting finished spaces flow from one to the next to create an open, inviting, masculine and restrained collection of textures and finishes.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured on Remodelista

 

Beachy Boho Style for a Chill Couple

Having recently completed their new construction modern home near the beach, a laid back couple wanted to infuse the home with thoughtful beachy style while adding more storage. Wallpaper and a massive custom built designed built-in cabinet offered a unique backdrop to the mix of new midcentury, eclectic, and modern furnishings, lighting, and accessories that is pure California cool. The end result is a thoughtful, inviting, purely original home to welcome their guests and a new baby.

Photography by the talented Phoebe Chuason


Eclectic Bohemian Charm in a Condo

A sweet little condo that needed a refresh for a single mother and her preteen boy. New paint, carpet, furnishings, and accessories to breath new life into the bedrooms and entry/den area. The goal was to create a feminine sanctuary in the master bedroom without feeling too girly. A modern rustic teen room. And an exciting den for relaxing, reading, study immediately upon entering. Mission accomplished.

Photography by the talented Phoebe Chuason


 

The Designer's Own Home

If you know a designer you know that nothing in their home stays static for too long. By swapping out a few rugs, lighting, and ancillary furnishings the home was refreshed and reinvigorated for new appeal.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured in Rue Magazine Summer 2017 issue

 

 

Rock n' Roll Bohemian Look with Minimal Remodeling

I'm the luckiest designer. When a previous client moved along with her best friend to Calabasas, I ended up designing both their homes at the same time. The challenge was to bring their equally edgy California coolness to the suburbs, while at the same time not having their homes look exactly the same. In this large residence we collaborated to achieve a rock n' roll bohemian look with minimal remodeling or disruption to the family. The power of paint and lighting are transformative. It was exhilerating to push past the home's traditional architecture to create something truly unique. Just take a look at the before pictures.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured in Style Me pretty

 

 

California Cool in Calabasas

What do you do when one of your most vivacious, funny, creative clients ups and moves to Calabasas? You follow her of course and help her find spots for her existing furnishings in the new house. All while bringing chic California cool vibes to the brown town Traditional mess of a "Before".

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured in Style Me Pretty

 

 

The Designer's Own Home is in Constant Flux

After scraping popcorn ceilings, replacing wood floors, repainting, and updating the kitchen and bathrooms, a unique accent wall was created by way of painted shiplap boards. An edited collection of vintage midcentury and tribal inspired furnishings, lighting, and accessories allow a growing family to feel uncluttered in their Culver City townhouse.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured in Domino Magazine and Wayfair

 

 

Beachy Bohemian by the Sea

A generic builder grade new construction home in the community of Playa Vista was transformed into an ultra special showcase for the luxe bohemian family that lives there. Great care was taken to layer neutral colors and natural textures with global accents of indigo, black, and gold. The only patterns incorporated into the space were of a tribal origin. A balance between a youthful nod to midcentury modern, use of edgy industrial and salvaged materials, and traditional sensibilities was tightly maintained to create a comfortable, open, bright and mellow home.  The scope included custom millwork design throughout the the 3 stories (even a hidden murphy bed in the play room!), sourcing all the furnishings and decor, hardware, wallpaper and lighting installation, and the construction of the fireplace surround and mantel. Salvaged wood was used where possible, from bedroom headboards to the mantel to the master bathroom mirror. In a word, breathtaking.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

 Featured in Domino Magazine.

 

 

An Office To Blow Away All Other Offices

A real estate advisory firm needed help with their new Century City office suite to take it from vanilla shell to a stylish and productive space.  The design included the main work area with a lounge carved out at its center,  the conference room, breakout rooms, and the private bathroom. The firm's employees are all under 40 so their offices had to feel young, but they also wanted to be taken seriously by any potential client walking through their doors. A monochromatic color scheme and midcentury profiles communicated that they are here to stay. The saturated blue accents and golden metallics add a playful note. The central lounge area brings to mind a boutique hotel with a little rock n' roll energy and encourages the employees to hang out (and stay late). These elements combine to create an effortless California Cool energy in the space. 

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Winner of Wayfair Trade Tastemaker Awards Best Commercial Space 2016

 

 

A Modern Dream Beach House

A couple building their new construction dream home called on Veneer to help conceptualize the interior and exterior spaces in the initial building stages. A modern beach house that meshes within the context of its locale, meets the cool midcentury vibes of Palm Springs where the couple married and vacations often. A minimal open floor plan and high ceilings boast a mixed use of both glassy white surfaces, warm walnut built-ins, concrete and wood floors. Sassy brass lighting and accents, an extra tall orange entry door the same shade as the Parker Palm Springs hotel, vintage dressers repurposed into bathroom vanity cabinets are a few examples of unique touches that make the residence unlike anything the neighbors have seen.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam   

 

 

A Renovation with Heart

Investor work: a full remodel of a small 2 bedroom delapidated house into a luxury 3 bedroom + garage studio dream home. Careful attention was taken to create the ultimate modern indoor-outdoor living family home. The house was demolished down to the studs before being rebuilt with a master suite addition and open plan living reconfiguration. Careful attention was paid to all the finer details, ceiling heights were raised, new flooring, doors, fixtures, hardware, and the redesigned kitchen and bathrooms offer any and all amenities the future occupants could dream of. This was Veneer's first foray into the design of exterior elements such as entry trellis, drought tolerant landscaping, and an attention grabbing facade that incorporated wood paneling and decking with warm gray stucco and minimalist concrete pavers. It sold for over asking immediately upon viewing at the open house. 

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

All furnishings and staging by Meridith Baer Home

 

 

Flying High in Santa Monica

In only 5 weeks, an empty 3 bedroom house that had been recently remodeled was turned into a cheerful and cheeky vacation house for a British pilot. He was enamoured with midcentury design, especially the groovy retro version specific to LA, which was convenient since an immediate and economical way to furnish an entire house on a budget is with vintage furniture. The vintage pieces were balanced out with some shiny new items that were quick ship, then layered with global textiles from Turkish kilims to African mudcloths to German grain sacks. The result is a fun home that will put a smile to the client's face when he walks through the front door after his long travels around the globe.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured on Gardenista and  Home Adore

 

New Traditional with a Twist Bathroom

A traditional bathroom remodel for a Spanish style house with a modern twist. A partition wall was removed and the layout was reconfigured to allow for a more spacious and practical bathroom. The shower stall was eliminated to become a private toilet space. With the toilet relocated, the vanity could become longer. Traditional notes like white painted cabinetry, subway tile, and white marble were mixed with modern chrome fixtures, of the moment graphic cement tile, and accessories not meant for a bathroom gave the space a fresh new look and feel.

Photography by Phoebe Chauson


 

Classicly Modern in Castle Heights

An expecting couple reached out to me a month after moving into their newly purchased 2 bedroom bungalow in the Castle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. They were easy going and full of good humor but anxious to feel settled before their little one arrived in 20 weeks. They had visited various showrooms and knew their overall style but wouldn't dare to pull the trigger on any major purchases and needed someone to come in and nest for them. I was elated to devise a design scheme for the living room, dining area, den, and nursery. All their old furniture was sold on Craigslist and we started with a clean slate. From major pieces to the smallest detail accessory, a mix of big box and vintage with artisan details, I had the easiest time transforming this small unassuming home into a jewel box of a space.

Its all about the details and this project was nearly impossible to edit. Every where your eye traveled there was something beautiful to linger - the ethnic textiles, the mid-century profiles, warm sheepskins, and funky metals. These images offer just a peek into the magical yet classicly modern ambiance created.

All photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured on Style Me Pretty

 

 

Hipster Style in Silverlake

A project that showcases everything Veneer can do for a space early in the portfolio. A dark little house was transformed into an inviting and open abode by smoothing ceilings and walls, painting throughout, widening arched doorways, replacing lighting, and installing custom salvaged wood shelves. Then furnishings both new, custom, and vintage were installed, followed by accessories such as pillows and rugs. Lastly, the finer details were supplied in the form of vintage decor accessories and home styling. 

All photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

Featured on SF Girl By the Bay

 

 

Two New Bathrooms with Flair

These two bathrooms were the last holdovers in a midcentury home that had already been remodeled. The challenge was to give each bathroom a distinct personality, while tying both into the current design. To feel like a cohesive and thought out whole, rather than something that happened piece meal.  The master bathroom was transformed into a modern zen spa like retreat by the creation of a "wet room" with a built in shower bench. Japanese accent tile and a teak floating vanity elevated the functional room.

The small guest bathroom stayed cute and minimalist, inspired by black and white Scandinavian  designs. Larger format matte black hex tile and elongated subway tile were paired with  matte black fixtures to keep things clean and simple. The floating teak vanity and shelves are a nod to the home's midcentury roots and the cabinetry in the master bathroom. 

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

 

 

Investor Work: Victorian Rental

A large traditional Victorian house in the historic West Adams district was updated for student housing rentals. Keeping as many original details as possible, updates stayed true to the Victorian roots while throwing in a powerful graphic punch with brisk new white, black, and gray elements.

Photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

 

 

Giving Love to a Tired Home

A tired home is transformed through the power of paint, new wood floors, and contemporary fixtures into a modern classic that captures the laid back and sophisticated personality of its owners. It had been about 30 years since it was last remodeled. Paint was chipped and cracking, carpet was stained, 80's lighting and cabinets were generic. This very much loved family home was pleading for a face lift. Without moving walls or creating a major disturbance; beautifully stained white oak floors replaced linoleum and carpet, existing wood cabinets were painted and adorned with new hardware. Painted throughout, fixtures and appliances updated, and new lighting was installed to breath vitality into the home. The exterior received overdue repairs and a eye catching dark gray paint job. A consistent cool gray color scheme inside and out unified all the spaces. The before and after pictures speak for themselves.

All photography by the talented Amy Bartlam

 

Custom Fabrication

Every design by Veneer is custom to that exact client's and space's requirements, but sometimes the project asks that we go beyond the call of duty to create one of kind installments or furnishings. Fireplace surrounds, furnishings, and lighting that have been conceptualized and put into fabrication by talented makers we trust.