THE DOSSIER: NAME: Whitney Port TRADE: Fashion designer of Whitney Eve, alumna of reality TV series The City and The Hills. VIBE: Polished bohemia. ABODE: Four-story artist work/live building in Venice, Los Angeles, CA.
Tale as old as time: Girl with impeccable style meets boy whose taste is decidedly more dude-like, and the redecorating begins. New fiancé, new décor. So starts the cohabitation story of clothing designer Whitney Port and her fiancé Tim Rosenman. "It's the first time I'm living with a boy, so the new space is suited to a more masculine look," Port says. "My old apartments were pretty feminine, but this is more subdued and neutral."
Port's Venice artist's work/live loft is divided into four levels: a lounge-y movie-viewing space, an open plan dining room and kitchen, a living room, and a bedroom. Its unique layout is one of its greatest appeals, she says: "It's really nice to have such a big open landscape with a lot of light."
The loft's existing closets weren't big enough to store Port's expansive collection of apparel and accessories--not to mention the addition of her husband to be's wardrobe--so she worked with Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design to design bespoke storage. Port considered installing the Beverly Hills Hotel's iconic banana leaf wallpaper, but opted instead for Cole & Son's Palm Jungle wallpaper from Walnut Wallpaper, a more unique and affordable alternative "with the same California vibe," she says.
As it turns out, Port has a knack for selecting prints: the designer's bedroom is brimming with patterns and textures, including a perfect mélange of ticking stripes, crewel embroidery, and aqua mohair. "I'm a clothing designer, so I guess it just comes naturally to me," she says. Port admits she doesn't have any tricks of the trade for mixing prints, but she recommends following "what your eye goes to."
The designer found inspiration for her living room's colour palette in an unlikely place: a gift from an ex-boyfriend. The piece -- a print of a woman wearing suspenders -- features hues of sky blue, grass green, and deep midnight blue. "All of the colours of my fabrics are pulled from those blues and greens," she says of her seating, which she had upholstered at LA's Sofa U Love. Balanced by a busy gallery wall of scenic landscape prints, Port's oversize navy blue sofa anchors the room and is an ideal place to curl up with your future better half. At the end of the day, she says, "I just wanted it to feel comfortable and cosy."
|Living Room Sofa HD Buttercup||Coffee Table Kith&Kin||Gallery Wall Art The Mart Collective|
|Tableware Heath Ceramics||Bedding Raj Lotus||Dining Chairs HD Buttercup|
|Zazenne Console, $6438, Kathy Kuo Home||Peking B Chair, $605, HD Buttercup||Como Guaze Tablecloth, $130-200, Crate & Barrel|
|Mongolian Pillow, $130, Z Gallerie||Birds-eye Cutting Board, $170, Heath Ceramics||Ashland Host Chair, $1550, Furbish Studio|
|Lumino Coasters, $140, Rablabs||Cowhide Cube Ottoman, $494, Scenario Home||Chunky Tassel Throw, $40, West Elm|
|Dragon Table Lamp, $624, Lighting Universe||Etched Salad Plate, $79, Heath Ceramics||Palmer Stool, $140, Z Gallerie|
|19th c. French Hand Made Pine Secretary Desk, $2700, 1st Dibs||Single Stem Base, $81, Heath Ceramics||Jane Coffee Table, $695, HD Buttercup|