Name: Chelsea Poling and cat Piper
Location: Santa Monica, California
Size: 1,450 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, owned
"I love the location of my home; I am less than a block from the Santa Monica Beach. I make it a daily task or indulgence to go to the beach every day, whether it be a walk on the beach, a dip in the ocean, or quiet meditation," wrote Chelsea Poling, the founder and CEO of the online wellness boutique Rose Botanica. She recently moved to California from the East Coast after some personal struggles, and her new home is a simple but serene place for her to work, relax, meditate, and more.
She shares more about her home: "I love to entertain on my rooftop deck, which has views of the ocean. I host a Wellness Ladies dinner every month, where a group of inspiring women in the wellness industry in Los Angeles get together to prepare plant-based foods and enjoy each other's company, alongside a rooftop view of the ocean.
A great feature of the house, and one of the primary reasons I was interested in the property was because of the room outside of the garage, which leads to a staircase to enter the main living room level. This temperature-controlled room has ample built-in storage, which I now use as an inventory and shipping room for my wellness boutique, Rose Botanica.
Prior to my entrepreneurial start with Rose Botanica, I had a Diplomatic Passport and lived in Sri Lanka while working for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Many of the items throughout the home, some of the Buddhas, and headpieces were acquired from my time in Sri Lanka. Seeing them daily reminds me of this special time in my life and the Sri Lankan way, which was a lifestyle of presence and ease.
When I am not working from home, I pass time in my home by playing alchemist in the kitchen. I also love reading poetry on my chaise lounge in my bedroom. My favorite pastime is chasing my white Persian doll-faced cat up and down the stairs. She absolutely loves it."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Natural chic.
Inspiration: Ocean and natural elements: wood, plants, crystals, and stone. Also comfort. It was important for me that every room, every chair, etc. be inviting to the eyes and body. I wanted the home to feel like a warm and inviting home, not a museum.
Favorite Element: I love the use of natural elements throughout the house—natural crystals, quartz chandelier, desert rose accent pieces, wooden Buddhas, as well as the gold singing bowls for sound meditation.
Biggest Challenge: Logistics! Getting the rooftop furniture onto the roof. There was no way the huge wooden, one-piece dining room table was going to fit up two flights of stairs. Nor the large rooftop sectional. This was a big design oversight. Thankfully, I was considering purchasing a hot tub for the roof, so I already needed to commission a crane to lift the hot tub to the roof. It all worked out and I was able to have the rooftop furniture lifted at the same time as the hot tub.
Proudest DIY: Entryway curation. While my interior designer helped with most of the house, the entryway was a section of the house that was important for me to put together, as it is the forefront of the home and sets the tone. As you enter my home, on top of a silver bar cart, I have a wooden Buddha to welcome you, (I brought the Buddha home from a solo trip to Bali), a large clear crystal quartz to clear negative energy, a succulent arrangement in a marble bowl to represent the life element, and a hanging print that makes me feel grounded.
Biggest Indulgence: Rooftop hot tub. Entirely unnecessary but at the same time is a really lovely retreat for me, a place where I can unwind, relax, and look up at the stars. The rooftop is probably my family area in the house. I use it as a second living room.
Best Advice: Spend time on the design phase. Take time to consider what elements are important to you and make sure they are the focus of your design. When the home is completed, having your most important elements in the house will be a constant source of happiness and peace. Know what makes you happy and brings you peace!
PAINT & COLORS
Restoration Hardware color that I had remade at Sherwin-Williams
Wooden Buddha — Market in Ubud, Bali
Succulent arrangement — Completed by Big Red Sun; Venice, California
Clear quartz crystal – Gift
Platform bed, nightstand, and dresser — Restoration Hardware
Havana arm chair and Marbella teak classic modular sectional— Restoration Hardware
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