Many of us look to good friends for perspective in our shopping and decorating pursuits, but when your dearest is an interior designer who shares your sense of style, you really have a good thing going. Deciding that her Malibu home needed a bit of freshening up, and to be more thoughtfully designed for her family’s changing needs, jewelry designer Marcia Maizel-Clarke, founder of
Dogeared Jewelry, enlisted the help of her designer friend Maggie Pierson. “We met through our kids in preschool and became best friends,” Maizel-Clarke tells us. “We travel a lot together and buy a lot on our travels for our homes—I knew that our tastes and aesthetic aligned perfectly to work on this project together.”
With a daughter in her senior year of high school and a son in college, the Clarkes wanted to make their L.A. home more amenable to entertaining. “The mutual goal was to create a beautiful and inviting environment that provided their family with an entertaining haven,” says Pierson. To that end, they sought a “comfortable sophistication” and focused on the flow of the space, making each common area feel welcoming for “casual gatherings with great friends, great food, and great music,” the designer says.
Cereal Bowl ($30)
Though the interior of the house looks remarkably light, it wasn’t always that way, Maizel-Clarke tells us. “We really wanted to bring more light into the space to open it up, so we added skylights to help us achieve that goal.”
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Rufus Pillow ($195)
Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain Rug ($4500)
The color palette of the home is also quite soft, but Pierson makes a point to tell us “the absence of strong color does not mean the absence of warmth.” The designer brought in warmth with a mix of natural elements and texture, which complemented her base of whites and neutrals.
Studio Sofa (price upon request)
With indigo textiles, a hanging chair, stools made from tree stumps, tables crafted from recycled tires, and a live-edge wood dining table, the home feels decidedly bohemian. Balanced with modern pieces and restrained accessorizing, it also has a clean, contemporary sophistication.
Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Drum Coffee Table ($2885)
Serena & Lily
Hanging Rattan Chair ($450)
Room & Board
Callan Chair ($1899)
In true California form, Maizel-Clarke and Pierson embraced the concept of indoor/outdoor living and brought in landscape architect
Steve Siegrist—“a master of outdoor spaces,” according to Pierson—to create an outdoor dining room and seating area that felt like “an entertainer’s haven.”
Belvedere Luxe Lounge Chair ($750 and up)
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Samarai Pillow ($295)
Much like the designer’s free-spirited, natural jewelry collection, Maizel-Clarke's home is all about good vibes. “Our family and friends’ blessings are all throughout the house,” she says. “There are Dogeared charms and icons in the dirt and foundation, friends and family left notes and writing all over the beams, and prayers and love letters are present in the newly poured cement areas.” From her carefully curated art selection—much of which she selected with her husband, Merlin—to her meaningful travel souvenirs to inherited family antiques, “the house is full of love.” If that’s not the keystone to any successful design project, we don’t know what is.
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