How cool is this home? We aren’t surprised that it was both designed and is now lived in by interior designer Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design. Her eclectic taste shines in this chic and bold home. We give Caitlin (and her boyfriend) major props for not being afraid of color. From black to sea-green to peach, Caitlin painted the walls of her craftsman beauty in a medley of striking colors. We are in awe of how it all came together and can’t help but envy her stylish eye. Walk through each room of the designer’s home and hear from Caitlin herself on how she brought her vision to life!
Caitlin shares, This project came to fruition after five years spent in a small rental apartment in Beverly Hills California. I realized that we were living in LA and didn’t have a yard. We we’re living like we were in New York! My boyfriend and I then moved to South Central into one of the Craftsman style homes. Being ten minutes outside of downtown, it also meant we could stay in the heart of the city.
We had previously been living in my extremely feminine bachelor pad and wanted this home to be a combination of both of our styles. I designed the rooms to flow from one to the other with a palette of cool blues, greens, and black with pops of peach, yellow, and red. We didn’t want to repurpose much from the old space and instead focused on buying pieces that called to us and were needed to fill out the space. Much of the art is newly purchased or vintage pieces I’ve collected over time.
We ran into the biggest design challenge in the kitchen. The previous house-flipping owner had used cabinets that were not properly sized for the house, and had installed black countertops. I decided to embrace the cabinets’ imperfections and paint them a bright teal blue. I added black trim and a black upholstered chair to the space in order to downplay the black of the countertops.
I wanted the bedroom to feel dramatic and glamorous. We started by painting the entire space deep sea blue-green. Then, we added in the custom upholstered bed frame in light sea foam green and beautiful brass sconces. I believe the recipe for a great bedroom is a really great color combination and symmetry. The result, in this room, is feeling like we’re going to sleep in a hotel every night.
When designing the office, I had to think about what would be best for my business as I regularly work and meet clients at my house. I decided to center the room on a large table and paint the room black. We installed a gorgeous vintage light fixture and added in some texture and detail for a more decorative look.
In the guest bedroom, I used a peach paint to create a visual separation from the rest of the house, while tying the color scheme together with a teal blue bed. Because the room is so spacious, we were able to add interest with additional seating like the wood hand chair.
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