Situated just off the Los Angeles coast, a few miles south of Malibu, this 4,000 square foot new build is in the heart of the Pacific Palisades. It was constructed by JJP Construction, and interior designer Aja Levi brought in a lot of striking material choices–intricate millwork, bold marble tile, white-washed brick, and a gorgeous plaster hood in the kitchen. Naturally, with such a well-designed starting point, the gorgeous home sold quickly.
Jenney—the founder of Collective Media and new owner—approached Alisha Agrellas Stuart of Honne Studio to design and furnish the space. They quickly established that their ultimate goal was to create a warm and inviting, texturally-diverse home full of communally-inspired gathering spaces that felt clean and fresh, while also simultaneously being resilient and durable when it came to little ones.
“The space was very much inspired by the quintessential California lifestyle, and features a culmination of raw natural materials, modern earth-toned finishes, and occasional pops of bold and playful vibrancy,” Alisha tells us. It was also important that the home was an environment that could also comfortably double as a backdrop for housing the firm’s regular content creation initiatives. “We couldn’t wait to dive into the details of exactly what the growing family of four envisioned for their new space,” Alisha shares.
The overall essence of the home feels innately California. “The kitchen in general is one of my favorite spaces and definitely serves as the heart of the home. It houses so many fun little detail moments that the JJP Build team absolutely nailed – like their clean-lined hood design,” Alisha says. “When it came to elements of visual interest, we leaned all in to the celebrated wallpaper resurgence.” Pops of wallpaper by both Kufri and Schumacher in spaces like the office loft, butler’s pantry, and staircase landing added in textural dimension and variance.
To make sure the space could function as true “live/work,” Alisha added custom iron casement swing-doors. This allowed for the creation of an additional upstairs office loft for the Collective Media founder, which was gently juxtaposed with a soft, feminine curation of furnishing and textiles.
“Ultimately, anything that we incorporated into the space needed to provide longevity and remain rooted in tones that felt approachable, timeless, and most of all, balanced,” Alisha says. “And since work on sourcing for this project hit its stride right around the height of the pandemic, we found ourselves having to pivot and craft more creative solutions in response to the backorder and supply chain issues we were met with. In turn, we ultimately relied much more heavily on one-of-a-kind ‘found’ items and discovered a new slew of talented, local vendors when it came to furnishing and styling.”
The designer says that the project took about a year and a half. “Due to timing on this lining up with the pandemic, our ‘reveal’ was much more layered in nature, with our clients right there with us through it all!”
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