“This was a very special project because it’s my personal home that I share with my two young sons, my husband, and our dog,” interior designer Jessica Fogel Scott says. “The home had to represent our lifestyles: Not too needy but still luxurious and edited. We wanted to weave in a harmonious mix of antiques with new pieces, a palette as subtle and grounding as it is timeless and durable, and a home we can enjoy for many years.”
The property is in Brentwood—a family-friendly neighborhood in Los Angeles. “The beautiful sunlight and hedged property influenced the overall interior design of keeping it light and natural,” Jessica explains.
It was a fairly new construction, but decided early on that they’d renovate the kitchen—both for aesthetic and functional purposes. “The kitchen is the focal point of all gatherings and the room we spend most of our time,” the designer explains. They chose rich antiqued walnut cabinets, Calacatta Paonozetta stone counters and hood, Waterworks fixtures, and built a sixteen seat breakfast nook made of reclaimed walnut.
“Then we treated each wall throughout the house with a layer: Suede wallpaper in the foyer for moodiness; plaster in the great room, kitchen, and primary bedroom for an earthy, more organic feel; paneling in the dining room for dressiness. We wanted to create a richness in the surfaces,” Jessica says. “Nothing too light or too delicate. For the furniture, we selected a palette for the whole house—minus my kids’ rooms—and stuck with it: Neutral putty tones and ivory with pops of black and caramel colors. This was our baseline for the furniture and upholstery selections.”
Jessica’s runs her design firm, Fogel Interiors, with her mother—which proved tremendously helpful for this personal project. “As a mother-daughter design duo, my mom and I design homes for our clients every day. We collaborate and guide them in their decisions. But when it’s your own home, the challenge is you want to do right by your craft, and you want to take a few risks. But you also want to edit and make each decision the perfect decision. I really relied on my mom for editing the big ideas.”
The process took just under a year, and the designer couldn’t be happier: “I come home, and it feels so right. We took time selecting every finish, every piece, every rug, every fabric; the home is an exercise in color restraint and earthy neutrals. Every day, I appreciate the space more and more. I describe it as very ‘us.’”