boho minimalism in a family-friendly redesign
Published Feb 5, 2016 6:00 AM
Interior designer Natalie Myer is no stranger to home remodels, so when the time came to redo a space of her own, something good was bound to be in store. Situated in LA’s Culver City, Myer resides in a townhome with her husband and two children. Her goal? To create a space that would showcase her vintage boho style with a mix of minimalism, and fill it with furnishings that could withstand daily, family life. Take a look!
WHO Natalie Myer, Principal Designer of Veneer Design
LOCATION Culver City
SIZE 1600 sq ft townhouse
BED Lockerunder bed storage
WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS PROJECT?
The inspiration behind the upgrade was to bring more of the outdoors in. Natural textures like jute and wood, (along with lots of live house plants!) was one way to do it. Using shiplap, which is an inexpensive exterior siding, as an interior feature wall was what really had me excited about the changes we were making.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE AESTHETIC OF YOUR HOME?
My home is modern bohemian at its core, layered with vintage finds and handmade items. It’s as uncluttered as it can possibly be with two small children!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE DESIGN?
The elements we DIY-ed or recovered such as; the brass chandelier, the live edge coffee table, my god’s eye dreamcatcher, and the big blue denim daybed.
ART Little Lark Moon Poster etsy.com
A multipurpose room that doubles as a home office and a playroom for the little ones!
CHAIR Panton S hivemodern.com
WHAT WAS SOMETHING YOU SPLURGED ON?
The leather sofa sectional was the key to making the living space feel both luxurious and comfortable. When my second child was born, I realized that I needed a more sturdy sofa or my existing one would be destroyed in no time. Nothing is more kid-friendly than leather, or more sumptuous than the buttery cognac kind. It was an excuse to splurge on a custom piece that will last for ages, and I know I will never part with it.
I surprised myself with how much I was able to save on artwork. I originally had agallery wall
but it started to feel too chaotic. Once the shiplap was in place, sanded, and painted, I dreaded putting in any holes in it. I chose to hang only a few select pieces of art. I also scrimped on the
wall hanging above the sofa (if it falls in an earthquake or during an enthusiastic play session no one will get hurt) which, adds subtle texture and helps fill up the blank space. A trio of an inexpensive print from Fine Life Co, a metal geometric wall sculpture from Target, and a vintage desert painting were all that was needed to underscore the laidback landscape-inspired space.
WERE THERE ANY CHALLENGES DURING THE REDESIGN?
My contractor didn’t really understand why I was using shiplap inside. I didn’t mind the rough quality of the material but he insisted on sanding it down, filling the holes, and even caulking between the boards before he painted the boards. He really went above the call of duty to give it a finished look. Overall, it was a very quick and easy update to make, which ended up brightening the space.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE SOMEONE, LOOKING TO UPDATE THEIR SPACE?
Swapping out a few rugs and pillows, and even changing a paint color are inexpensive and quick ways to update a space.