Project by: Tracy Gilmore
Location: Playa Vista, California
If you're looking for some design details to add to your space that will create a calm and soothing room, you may find some inspiration in this cozy and simple apartment that mixes a modern style with zen-like accents.
From the designer: My client for this project is a busy executive in Playa Vista, California, who is passionate about yoga, his vegan diet, and traveling. He wanted a calm and peaceful retreat after his busy day at the office. Also notable was the fact that he wasn’t proud to have folks over to his place previously – he was ready for a home where he enjoyed entertaining his friends and family.
To create an eclectic yet modern overall look, I juxtaposed two types of furniture—clean, tailored, and masculine (the Room and Board sofa and the Parsons dining table from West Elm) with textural and organic (the lotus panel, the antique Buddha head, and the reclaimed elm wood console).
For a soothing yet dynamic color palette, I used calming neutrals peppered with watery blues and greens in pillows, accent walls, accessories, and the grass cloth on the walls of the master bedroom. (All paints are Benjamin Moore, and the grass cloth paper in the bedroom is from F. Schumacher).
My biggest design challenges were a modest budget and an awkward layout of the main living space. The new floor plan is open and inviting, and easy to move around. We’ve allowed for folks to pull up dining chairs to the living room sofa during a party, but when my client is home alone it feels comfortable. I selected items that gave us the most bang-for-our-buck and arranged the room for functionality and flow, using materials and colors to create cohesion and calm in the space. My client now has a “Zen Retreat” that he is proud to call his own.
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