By Jennifer Blaise Kramer | Houzz
Soon after finding a midcentury modern home in the Hollywood Hills above Sunset Plaza, a young bachelor set out to splash the loft-like space with color, humor and family mementos. He turned to interior design duo Caitlin & Caitlin for help, and it responded with a fresh palette and fun ideas that make for a bachelor pad that’s far from ordinary.
Houzz at a Glance
- Location: Hollywood Hills
- Size: 1,500 square feet ; 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
- Designers: Caitlin Murray and Caitlin McCarthy
Armed with what the designers dubbed a “California palette” of peacock, peach and vermilion, Caitlin Murray and Caitlin McCarthy melded vintage and modern accents to create airy, open spaces that were both colorful and comfortable. “We wanted it to feel breezy and loungy like a hotel,” says McCarthy, who has since started her own design firm, Caitlin McCarthy Design. (Meanwhile, Caitlin Murray started Black Lacquer Design.)
This room is what McCarthy considers the heart of the home, with an upholstered, low-profile sofa for lounging that also allows guests to sit casually backward to chat with whoever is in the kitchen. Furniture pieces face each other, not just the TV and fireplace, to create a conversation pit, while an arched lamp throws a curve into all of the horizontal lines. The homeowner came with a collection of heirlooms, including vintage auto and airplane figurines from his late father. Mixed with fresh flowers and colorful books, they occupy a prominent spot on metal shelving in the living room.
McCarthy calls the dining room “geometric chaos.”
The aquatic-inspired room overlooks the pool outside and combines natural and calming elements, such as the seagrass wallcovering, with noisier, energetic patterns, like the one on the banquette.
The artwork, which at first glance looks like a photograph of a popular beach, is actually an enlarged print from the movie “Jaws,” giving a cheeky touch to an otherwise sophisticated space.
Murray is a fan of gold-colored accents, so she was excited that the homeowner was all about incorporating brass fixtures. “A dream come true,” she says.
And speaking of dreams, the homeowner has several original prints by the surrealist painter Salvador Dali, which helped set the stage for the design.
“Because of the colorful artwork, the best choice was to keep the walls clean and white in most of the rooms and add unexpected pops of color in woodwork, wallpaper, tile, drapery and furniture,” Murray says.
The designers, who used green tones as a neutral framework in the home, sold the client on cabinetry in a British racing green shade. The white Swiss cross tiles on the backsplash offer an unexpected alternative to subway tile, while the marble slab waterfalls down either side of the island. Why This Teal Color is So Cool.
The office features warm wood, leather and brass with a sleek desk and a nearby bar cabinet.
Since the client is in the tech field and works almost entirely from his laptop, there was no need for bulky file cabinets and storage furniture.
The master bedroom nods to the home’s midcentury roots with low-profile furnishings. The low-slung bed and pendant lights free up space on the nightstands. Working off muted blues from the Dali artwork on the wall, the designers used a horizontal stripe of navy behind the headboard as a riff on an upscale dormitory space.
A 1970s-inspired hanging chair creates a reading nook in the bedroom. Hammocks and Swing Chairs for Inside and Out.
Chair: Serena & Lily
A menagerie of materials come together in the bathroom.
Playing off a found painting of an anonymous man, the designers used black and white hexagon tile on the wall and, on the floor, a brilliant blue Moroccan tile from a local tile designer.
Brass, reclaimed wood and industrial accents round out this eye-catching masculine space.
Floor tile: Kismet
A vintage graphic console was found locally and topped with a few personal touches to give guests a smile as they come and go. Console Tables to Display Your Most Cherished Collection.
Console: Organic Modernism; peace sign figurine: Jonathan Adler
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