Home Tour: A Modern Bohemian Family Abode

Updated 12/06/16
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Los Angeles–based interior designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors routinely turns out swoon-worthy, texture-rich bohemian spaces. Her latest project, a four-bedroom family home, perfectly melds the East Coast/West Coast sensibility of its owners. Filled with everything from traditional, clean furnishings to vibrant and eclectic California vibes, it achieves a striking balance we can’t get enough of. Welcome to the new Bohemia. Keep scrolling to hear more about the inspired space. 

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“The house was a new build and felt very modern meets Cape Cod traditional,” Lewis tells us. The home of a young family, the designer set out to craft a dream home that married form and function, style and efficiency—and most of all, was built to last. “The challenge was to make the house polished and amazing but still kid-friendly. It was important to give them pieces that were beautiful, but nothing too precious,” says Lewis. The result is an effortlessly cool retreat ideal for entertaining.

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We love the crisp black-and-white, high-contrast pieces paired with details of washed-out, restrained elegance. The artwork and textiles add beautiful texture and dimension. “Our goal was to make this a home they wanted to hang out in and bring all their friends over for a dinner party—or two,” continued Lewis.

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The property itself (featuring four bedrooms and five and a half baths) was a custom build. Lewis drew inspiration from the locality and free-flowing, contemporary architecture. “Since it was a new build, we were really starting from scratch without existing pieces. This makes the process extra fun, and these are some of my favourite projects because everything jives with the overall vision,” she tells us.

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“The house is by the beach, so we took the surroundings into account and came up with a neutral palette of blues, greys, and whites,” the designer tells us. The aesthetic is East Coast classic meets West Coast chill. “The husband is from the East Coast and a little more traditional, while his wife is from the West Coast and brought some of that California Bohemian style. We blended the two to create a modern, crisp aesthetic.”

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Amber Interior Design Frnaco Albini Large Ottomam $685
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Painting Beyond Pollock by Morgan Falconer $70
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Built from the ground up, Lewis blends the clean and modern surface materials with amazing vintage finds and layered textiles, mixing killer vintage with bespoke, modern pieces created in-house. Her favourite score? A set of leather chairs. “Those vintage leather chairs—I contemplated proposing joint custody for them with the client, but ultimately, the space looked too good, I couldn’t take them away.”

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In the bedrooms, Lewis achieves a masterful mixology of organic materiality and vibrant tribal prints. Many of the pieces were created in house at her studio using hand-selected textiles. 

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Matteo Vintage Cotton Flat Sheet $140
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Injiri Injiri Throw $185
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For the family room, Lewis mixes warm heirloom woods, idyllic beach photography prints, cool dove greys, and rich sea blues.

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With an adept mix of texture and clever blend of vintage and contemporary, the aesthetic feels at once crisp, bohemian, and laid-back. “We knew what we wanted to work with, and we let it roll from there,” says Lewis. “We never went astray from the idea to give them a modern, fresh space. It was just such a clear vision from the start.”

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We asked Lewis if she came away with a favourite room in the house. The designer confessed it would be impossible to choose just one, then added “I could chill on the daybed in the library all day long.” Sounds like paradise.

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