The forces have aligned in the Venice Beach home of jewelry designer Christen Mitchell Delaney and her husband, Billy. The creative founder behind CAM Jewelry teamed up with Los Angeles–based interior and event design company Twofold LA, founded by Olivia Korenberg and Jenn Pablo, to create a true California-bohemian dream home. We love how the DeLaney's incorporated a lot of memorabilia from their picturesque wedding into their living space; the dream catcher by the front door and the mini cacti, designed by Moon Canyon, on the mantel are pieces from the lovebirds’ nuptials, an epic surfer-vibe soirée planned by Bash Please.
“My sister lives in New Mexico, and when I was traveling cross-country moving to California, we went on a little trip to gather beautiful new things for our home,” Christen tells us about the incredible skull featured on her custom concrete-and–Douglas fir coffee table by Dusk Designs. In addition to the striking skull centerpiece, Twofold LA wanted to incorporate a curated selection of coffee-table books from Christen’s lovely collections. There is a mixture of design, art, and crystology books on display to tie in with some of Christen’s favorite genres of life. You can find titles such as Banksy’s Wall and Piece and Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty, to name a few.
At first glance, our eye was immediately drawn to the blue living room couch with blue-and-white pillows. “The beautiful blue velvet couch is from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. It was one of Christen and Billy's existing pieces and therefore the jumping-off point for the design,” the Twofold LA team tells us. To play off the rich navy color, they selected a contrasting chalk-and-sapphire Shibori wallpaper from Scion Fabrics, which ended up becoming the focal point of the room.
“I enjoy tactile elements from a variety of different cultures, but my constant inspiration is the Southwest and the native cultures of the Plains region.” We love how you can see treasures from Christen’s travels throughout her home, especially on the custom-built shelving unit by Dusk Designs, which was inspired by the triangle shelf at the General Store in Venice.
The two white accent chairs with sheepskin throws are obsession-worthy. Twofold LA sourced these Ellipse chairs, as well as the bamboo lounge chair, from Roost. “It was important to find chairs that were visually enticing but delicate and light enough to not overwhelm the space. These chairs are perfect for lounging and lightweight enough to move around easily,” Korenberg and Pablo tell us. The design duo layered sheepskin IKEA throws over them to make them extra comfortable and inviting for Billy and Christen’s guests.
The Twofold LA duo tell us how planning and spontaneity worked together to create the playful balance of the living room: “Although a lot was designed and determined at the beginning, we also left room for improvisation. The stunning Moroccan rug in the living room was actually found by Christen, who ended up going on a retreat with The Secret Souk and had been forwarded a link to their site. This rug is even more beautiful in person, with such lovely texture and colors that perfectly balance the warmth of the existing wood floors and custom furniture that was fabricated.”
“The stunning pink, orange, and black rug in the dining room from Breuckelen Berber is a 1960s Boujad Moroccan rug that we found and pitched to Christen and Billy," the design team tells us. "Although we had initially planned to do a cooler palette in there, this rug was too good to pass up and added a fun punch of color to that space.”
Korenberg and Pablo began the kitchen/dining area planning with the wallpaper: “One of our first stops sourcing was at Walnut Wallpaper to hunt for some out of the box patterns that would bring a sense of life to the walls. We selected Cavern Home's subtle Thesis wallpaper to line the back wall of the dining room for just a subtle pop of texture. This wallpaper was like it was made for Billy and Christen. It was a great way to add a little touch of pattern without competing with the kitchen's backsplash.”
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