Published on February 5, 2016

text by   ANNA KOCHARIAN
photography by   AMY BARTLAM

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 Locker under bed storage Brushed Metal pbteen.com  BLANKET Glacier National Park pendleton-usa.com

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!

END TABLE Kole by Safavieh allmodern.com HEADBOARD DIY using Mudcloth fabric similar from Loom Goods

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

PILLOWS African mudcloth etsy.com    DIY Shibori, find similar IndigoMoonLove  DAYBED Recovered denim find similar at Anthropologie   POUF Moroccandwellstudio.com

LEATHER SOFA custom made, find similar at Bryght Echo   COFFEE TABLE live edge, DIY, find similar at Chairish   WALL HANGING Macrame etsy.com   CHAIR Barcelona roveconcepts.com SHEEPSKIN icelandic dwr.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.

SCRIMPED?

I surprised myself with how much I was able to save on artwork. I originally had a gallery 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 modern macrame 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.

DINING TABLE Big Sur Natural 65″ crateandbarrel.com   DINING CHAIRS vintage Thonet chairs find similar at Gus Modern   CHANDELIER DIY find similar at Park Studio LA

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.

PRINT Desert Poster, Brand Linda Benziger finelifeco.com   WALL SCULPTURE Metal Octagon Wall Décor target.com

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.

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