Taking a look through designer Marysia Reeves's eponymous swimwear line, her covetable sense of style is clear—crisp scalloped-edge bikinis are at once flirty and fashion-forward, and cutout maillots toe the line between classic Nouvelle Vague elegance and a fresh take on California cool. So when it came time to call on interior designer Martha Mulholland to bring Reeves's signature style to her two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath Venice abode, the results were destined to be a gorgeously modern take on the California beach house.
"I wanted a more grown-up home that was less cutesy than our spaces before—something that could stand the test of time," Mulholland says of the design. "Marysia is a dream client because she has a strong sense of personal style—obviously—knows what she wants, but is open-minded and willing to take risks and collaborate to make a space really special." The directive was clear. "I wanted to make a family-friendly home that is warm, laid-back, and cozy but still sleek and modern so as to complement the austere architecture of the space," explains Mulholland. "We achieved this by using lots of linen, warm woods, and woven materials accented by metal, marble, and glass."
Head below to tour Marysia Reeves's modern Venice Beach abode and see what Reeves and Mulholland have to say about designing the space.
Mulholland explains that the color scheme was "dictated by the palette that was already there—dark cement floors, white walls, tons of greenery outside."
As demonstrated in the minimalistic, clean lines of the home, Reeves and Mulholland sought a look that was chic, pared down, and driven by neutrals and layered textures.
One of their favorite pieces in the home is the PK80 daybed by Poul Kjærholm. Reeves says it was the perfect piece to go in front of the big window that's low to the ground in the living room. "I didn't want to block the beautiful opening and this minimal daybed was just perfect for this home."
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"We wanted to brighten and soften with neutrals and keep the color in the plants and occasional pops of celadon blue or blush pink," notes Mulholland.
"Finding a way to make the long, narrow living and dining room work" was one of the biggest challenges of the project, according to Reeves and Mulholland. "We wanted to carve out two distinct spaces but keep things open and airy."
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"Working with another designer is such a fun exercise because she brings a fashion perspective to interior decorating that adds a really special element to the space," Mulholland says of Reeves.
"I love how the light in this house is so dynamic that it becomes its own design element and creates a different mood throughout the day," says Reeves.
The master bedroom is pared back with a sleek, streamlined aesthetic.
Eclectic art brings life to the tall white walls.
The girls' rooms bring playful elements to the bright white space through cozy materials and pops of pink.
"The vintage shearling TeVe chairs by Alf Svensson in the girls' room were a perfect example of playing with soft, warm textures and more sleek materials, and the scale is perfect for the children," says Mulholland. "We found them through 1stdibs through a dealer in Sweden."
White-dipped wicker baskets infuse a beachy vibe while making for chic storage.
Bright colors via children's books help to play double duty as décor to break up the stark white of the space.
A miniature clothing rack of dresses adds an adorable, fashionable touch to the room.
Midcentury design elements bring a stylish finish to every corner of the home.
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