The first challenge with all of our residential design projects is to find a way to give our clients a customized world to live in that is personalized just for them. This becomes a wonderful process of discovering what resonates with them on a deeper basis, so that we don’t just create a beautiful luxury home, but one that captures their personality and a real sense of who they are. Creating the perfect room designs for couples begins with the awareness that most couples have aspects to their sensibilities that are similar and aspects that are very different. Our challenge is always finding a specific recipe that makes them both feel represented with an equal voice in the space. For this project we had a dynamic couple who have two beautiful young daughters. The space in its previous form (scroll gallery above to see before images) had no relationship to who they are.
The second challenge that is unique to our process is to find a way to make the home exude a quality of warmth, so that the minute you walk in you feel transported into a fabulous environment that wakes up your senses. Getting the home to exude an ambient feeling can be a more complex game of chess than you can imagine, depending on what we are starting with. For this Hollywood Hills project we began with their newly purchased home which needed some love. Right off the bat it was clear that walls needed to come down to reveal an open floor plan which would show off their 25 ft tall ceilings and create a better flow.
The approach to apply interior design for couples begins with finding the balance between each of their personalities. I chose the combination of bold, clean-lined drama with comfy, imaginative elements for the overall concept. The end result is a relaxed yet sophisticated home which spoke to the different aspects of their sensibilities and needs as a family.
When coming up with bedroom colors for couples I create a personal prescription for them based on the psychology of color, using the concept to showcase how their personalities can merge together in interesting ways. For them it was a matter of creating the striking visuals in each room without losing site of making the home feel accessible. We used color to take the home from drab to fab, making bold statements with a bit of restraint to keep the look sophisticated. I was always conscious of balancing the masculine and feminine –yin and yang — aspects, creating a combination of his slight edge juxtaposed to her smart, refined yet easy going touch.
The powder room is a great example of using feng shui in a bathroom to bring out the atmospheric feel. Each natural element, color, and shape was carefully balanced. The beautiful reflective qualities of the glass and metal in various textures were strategically placed to exude an ambient feel. The interplay of yin and yang are shown here as well with the strong masculine lines set against the soft, reflective lighting. Even the lit backsplash – laminated Amazon grass – added an unexpected addition of nature, which became a creative twist to the 70’s monochromatic hues mixed with a contemporary pop of bright orange. It was a fun and inspiring project to create.