After earning her chops working for some of L.A.'s top interior design firms, interior designer Katie Hodges recently tackled one of her most important projects to date: her own home. Perhaps the truest reflection of her aesthetic, her one-bedroom West Hollywood apartment has become a calling card of her look, which she describes as “Modern Bohème.”
As Hodges points out, the likes and dislikes of clients can really help a designer narrow down his or her selections. However, when you’re designing for yourself, “when you have no ‘client’ and you have to listen to yourself, there’s really no clear direction or feedback,” she says.
Despite the more challenging decision-making process, the designer has created a home that’s full of special pieces, yet has a strong voice and orientation. “I wanted to create a space that was inviting and warm, layered and collected, yet modern and clean,” she tells us.
She balances masculinity— a color palette of beige, indigo, olive greens, and leather—with soft femininity—a baby blue tufted chair, an ornate mirror, and a Greek key coffee table—in a way that feels instinctive. “When you truly love the foundation pieces you own, the rest comes naturally,” she explains.
The designer’s affinity for worldly fabrics was a driving force in how her home together. From beautiful indigo pillows (which are available in her Etsy shop) to kantha throws to Moroccan Oushak carpets, there are exotic, curated touches of pattern wherever you turn. “My love of textiles shines throughout my home, and there’s no better feeling than waking up every morning being surrounded by the things you love,” she says.
Hodges tells us she spends the early hours of each day sitting at her dining banquette, which she had custom made with white melamine (instead of wood—for a third of the price) and topped with cozy cushions. Storage beneath the seat comes in handy in the one-bedroom, and the leather drawer pulls give it a beautiful finishing touch. “Even though I am renting, I knew I was going to be here for a while, so I really went for what I knew would work in the space,” she says. “I won’t be able to take it with me to my next home, [but] I am enjoying it every single day using it, so I have no regrets on this less ‘renter-friendly’ purchase.”
Another strategic purchase was the freestanding IKEA storage in her closet-light bedroom. “The IKEA wall unit was a godsend because it’s slim, clean, and totally functional,” she says. “It doesn’t take away from the furnishings in the room and makes my shoe collection shine.”
We can’t help but admire her skill for mixing strategic, contemporary small-space furniture (such as her leaning desk or Tulip table) with bohemian accents that are rich in character. And we were happy to hear she recognizes her talent: “I can’t stay away from modern design elements (the Bertoia chairs, Albini stool, Saarinen table, and abstract art), but I equally love the beautiful details and colors of vintage textiles,” she says. “Marrying the bohemian and modern is my sweet spot.”
Do you like Katie's aesthetic? Which pieces do you love the most?