Home Tour: A Rustic California Rental
Decorating a rental presents many hurdles, but interior designer Liz Roth makes the process look like a cakewalk. When designing the West Hollywood home of her clients, an executive at Def Jam Pictures and an advertising assistant at GUESS, Roth encountered the standard issue: no renovations. She tackled that one by simply accepting it and only painting the interior. But another common challenge—budgeting—also presented itself.
“I tried to stay within budget without compromising my work,” she says. “Rugs most definitely saved us the most money, as well as drapery and shades. Those are usually the two biggest expenses.” Purchasing Moroccan rugs rather than pricier Persian designs helped, she says, and eBay also proved to be a great resource. “New drapery was just not in the budget, so we lacquered the existing wooden shades to give the room a more masculine vibe.”
Creating a balance of masculinity and femininity for her clients was Roth’s personal goal for the space. She achieved that by pairing her go-to paint color, Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee, with carefully selected furnishings.
“For me, light and white always feels quite feminine, and darker earthy tones usually feel masculine,” she says. Steering clear of anything too shabby chic, in the living area, she used a clean white modern sofa from Cisco Home and “a super-sexy lounge chair” on top of a white Moroccan rug to introduce femininity.
To balance the ladylike elements, Roth brought in Chinese armchairs and dark pillows, which, she says, have “a very strong personality.”
“I love finding interesting fabrics at flea markets and making pillows,” she says. “Pillows can be quite expensive.
“In the dining room, we used a light, soft-looking dining table with very masculine leather Kaare Kline dining chairs,” she says.
“A room will look larger and feel different with new paint.”
Roth’s client's overall goal was to have a comfortable yet chic living and dining space where they could not only entertain, but also hang out with their puppy. Durable materials like wood, travertine, and leather made the home pet-friendly, while a plush linen sofa, a laid-back wing chair, and a '60s daybed, designed by A.R. Cordemeijer for Auping, offered comfort. Together the shapely pieces and rustic materials create a cool California vibe that feels wonderfully welcoming.