Home Tour: A Modern, Playful LA Bungalow
When event gurus Paige Appel and Kelly Harris of Bash, Please teamed up with interior designer Heather Heron last year to launch BP x HH Interiors, it seemed like a natural next step for a new venture within their firm. The duo had already been fielding requests from clients to bring their knack for designing spaces from events into their homes. “We started dabbling in interiors organically from that,” says Appel. “Heather was our ideal person to lead this, as she has the aesthetic we were looking for and the interiors experience we needed.”
For their first home design project, the trio tackled an LA bungalow whose owners were looking to bring some fresh soul to their family’s new home. According to Heron, they were inspired to create “a home that embodies simplicity and usefulness,” with a warm, natural, and family-friendly vibe.
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Appel, Harris, and Heron focused on creating spaces in the home that used color to set the mood, from higher energy colors in the kitchen and living room to calmer colors for the bedrooms and playroom. “They wanted pops of color so we tried to bring in a bit of contrast in every room,” says Harris. The team’s thoughtful approach to color pops throughout the space is readily apparent. In the kitchen, the dark green chairs at the dining table match the plants decorating the bar and countertops, and the red accents in the art on the wall match the ripe tomatoes on the table. It’s attention to details like these that has earned Appel and Harris a sought-after reputation in the world of events.
Appel’s favorite part of the design is the kitchen dining area, for which Heron designed a custom white concrete table and bench seating. The ability to create custom furnishings has been an exciting development for the Bash, Please team, who are accustomed to often using rentals for the events they plan and produce. “The main difference is an event ends,” remarks Appel. “Permanent interiors such as homes give us more freedom to create new pieces.”
The trio let the abundant natural light in the home lead them as they struck a balance between bright and dark tones throughout. For the kitchen, this meant painting the entire room white and amplifying the brightness with a white chandelier and dining table. “It was a burnt teak color before and it didn't allow for light and symmetry in the house,” remembers Harris. In contrast, for the master bedroom, the team opted to embrace the cozy feeling that the muted light created in that space. “We went into the dark,” says Heron, “And enhanced it in painting the wall behind the bed and designing custom textiles to frame it.”
Heron’s approach for creating texture in the space was to take it slow. Her design advice? “Add one piece at a time and see how it feels in the space. Start with one strong textured piece and build around it, or start with one solid strong solid piece and layer in texture.”
Though the entire home is family-friendly, the BP x HH Interiors team sought to bring out the warmth of the family’s personalities specifically in the playroom. “We designed the playroom to be a space where the whole family can rest and play together by creating an extra large cozy daybed as the focus of the room,” says Appel. The room has purposeful pops of red off indigo blues, giving the space a casual, approachable, and lived-in feel.
As they set their sights on future projects, Appel describes the BP X HH Interiors design style as “minimally enhanced, artfully earthy, and unexpectedly cool.” If this first home is any indication, she took the words right out of our mouths!
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