Inside an Interior Designer’s Bright and Minimal L.A. Home
When interior designer Genna Margolis moved from New York to Los Angeles last year, she brought her East Coast Hamptons style along with her. Margolis found a way to merge the two influences in this stunning Spanish Colonial–style home in West Hollywood where she lives with her husband, Job, and dog, Bear. To ensure the two styles didn't clash, she paired pieces that "subtly mimic each other" and kept the color palette consistent with neutrals and coastal blue accents. Margolis told MyDomaine that the most noticeable difference between the two cities (and a challenge, in terms of design) was the scale, and adjusting to more space. "My old place only could fit a sectional coffee table and dining table, and to me that was pretty big by New York standards," she said. Designing to suit the architecture was also an interesting challenge. "In New York, you have more classic apartments accented with molding on the walls and ceilings," she adds. "Here, there are a lot of Spanish colonial places that give it a much more Southwestern feel with the tiling, ceiling, and height."
To keep the East Coast feel alive, Margolis used all of the furniture from her New York apartment in her L.A. home, then sprinkled the space with quintessential California accents such as the blue Persian rug in the living room, grid pillows, and a large cactus. "I tried to make it fun by adding faux sheepskin throws to my lucite chairs, adding a cactus next to my brushed-steel dresser, and placing fun pillows and sconces to my more traditional bed." Scroll down to see more of this space through photos by Amy Bartlam for Genna Margolis.
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