When it comes to decorating a home or room, we all have specific styles we gravitate towards. Well, this couple’s modern, yet timeless, aesthetic is something we can all appreciate! For the Restoration Hardware lovers in particular, this traditional California home is a dream boat. It’s full of rich texture thanks to woven baskets, leather furniture, and cozy throws that create for a warm, dynamic feel in the predominantly neutral space. We know you’ll find something you love and can pull inspiration from for your own abode!
Interior stylist, Sara Karkenny describes the design behind the beautiful interiors here…
This sweet couple are dear friends of mine. They called me after purchasing their first home in Sunny California and told me it would be completely empty, except for some pieces for the master. Brittany and Jack (homeowners) have always had amazing style, I love when you have clients, who might not know the ins and outs of interior styling, but they sure know what they like, what’s classy and beautiful. With already beautiful natural lighting, updated appliances and paint color, furnishing this home was just too fun! The clients wanted a neutral, classic, clean design, accentuating deep color woods and rich leathers. We brought in some key textures to warm up the space with woven baskets and intricate textiles with pillows and throws. With custom photographs of all of Hollywood, this bright, airy California home gives off all those crisp, classy, Cali feels.
We wanted to capitalize on the amazing light in the space, so we went with a ton of different whites, creams, and beiges in the living room, to make the footprint feel airy and elevated. We chose a deep comfy white couch from Restoration’s Maxwell Collection, coffee table, side tables, and console from Pottery barn. We additionally put some light turkish throws and a vintage ladder in the corner from Shoppe by Amber Interiors.
The couple loves to entertain so we wanted ample seating arrangements and cozy silhouettes. Layered with lots of beautiful textured throws and pillows that they can interchange, we brought in elements to allow the footprint of the space to remain simplistic, clean and classic.
Because the dining room is an open floor plan we wanted to transfer some of the weight on the dark leather chairs and wood tables into that room without being too heavy, but still complimenting the design in the living room. Restoration had a collection of perfect rounded back French chairs with a beautiful grade of linen for the cushions and brown oak drifted trim that look compatible to the coffee table and side tables in the living room. We put a small bar cart in the corner(pottery barn) for entertaining and some layered linen drapery to make the dining space a little more elegant, with a large jute rug to give another textured layer.
We knew they would have two “living spaces” per say so one needed to be a little more sophisticated and the other a little more playful, but still trimmed and refined. We decide the first living room with the open dining room would be a bit more prim and the second living space near the kitchen we would be able to play around with a little bit of blue that was already pronounced in the space.
When you walk into the kitchen area you’ll find brass accents, white counter space, and a beautiful blue island. We decide to work off those colors and bring them full force into the seating area, and work with different hues of blue. Because there was a TV in here, we talked about how this space would be more for a laid back afternoon football game setting where everyone could cozy up on the couch and grab some eats in the kitchen.
We went with a comfy couch from West Elm that pushes up against the wall leaving enough walking space for those beautiful french doors to open up nice and wide for big summer parties. We also played with some blues in the rug that could add a little pop to the floor and a nice round marble and brass coffee table to soften the hard edges in the room and pop with the brass accents in the kitchen.
The guest rooms were meant to be simple relaxing and bright, bringing in fun textures like jute rugs, tufted headboards, turquoise chairs, and textured bedding. We had some fun styling the bathrooms, cause who doesn’t like fresh yellow roses in their salted foam bath right? We loved Rain’s collection of luxury bath salts handmade in South Africa. We went with yellow roses as petal colors because Brittany works for Drybar and their signature color is yellow (always love to incorporate hidden meaning in some fun styling techniques + speaking of yellow take a look at the bright yellow front dutch door— that lucky was already there, but so meant to be!)
Last but not least the front porch. They wanted a good amount of seating here, without being too crowded, but with being so narrow we definitely needed to search for the right pieces. We added in some greenery pop with some hedges from West Elm, and some lanterns to set the warm summer nights kind of mood. We anchored down our look, and decided on some standard wood pieces from Restoration and a lighter wood to not make it too heavy. A suitable little nook for a little eating and drinking at dusk with loved ones.