When it came to this modern new-build home in Studio City, CA, the team at Lucas Browning Design wanted to warm things up. Their clients were a young couple with two small children—he’s a television writer for many top TV shows, so the close proximity to Hollywood studios meant location was a major draw. The family wanted their home to be comfortable and family friendly, while serving as a hub for entertaining friends.
The family reached out to Lucas Browning, an L.A. design firm lead by Heather Lucas and Katie Browning, to furnish the main level including their living, dining, family room, and outdoor entertaining area, as well as the primary suite which features a meditation room and outdoor balcony. The home is a modern farmhouse and features beautiful, modern millwork and existing statement lighting. “We wanted the furnishings to work with these interesting elements and not fight with them,” the designers explain. “We chose clean, modern lines that really allowed the millwork and lighting to shine.”
In the living room, the designers created a cozy “lounge” feel where friends can gather and listen to music. “Our client wanted the furniture to feel modern but be comfortable enough to sit and read scripts.,” Katie and Heather say. “We sourced a kidney-shaped sofa and paired that with custom mohair lounge chairs and a statement marble coffee table. The space is grounded with a moody, vintage rug.”
In the dining room, they designed around the existing chandelier and dark gray grass cloth wallpaper. They had a custom, walnut dining table made and paired that with modern, metal armchairs. The room features a deep green Armadillo rug and a faux raffia sideboard from Made Goods. Above, a beautiful mirror from Croft House reflects light from the French doors.
The family room features a custom cloud-style sectional in performance fabric, ideal for young children. Two modern swivel chairs can be turned to face the patio when entertaining, or towards the Noir coffee table when watching TV.
The primary bedroom has a custom platform bed, oak nightstands, and low armchairs. The rug is Armadillo and lamps are Arteriors. “The room had interesting paneling detail on the bed wall as well as vaulted ceilings with wood beams and tongue and groove,” the designers say. “We kept the furnishings neutral and low profile to not fight with these architectural elements.”
Finally, the Lucas Browning team brought on plant designer Lisa Shields. “We knew plants and greenery were key to making the designs come to life, so we hired a plant stylist to bring in trees and plants that worked with the architecture, furnishings and lighting in the space,” they explain. “The unique plants made all the difference for our photography and the overall design.”
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