Creating Updated Decor With Effortless Style
Fresh fabrics and pieces with patina create a new classic interior
Some women set out to decorate with a capital D, while others gently nudge their homes toward a natural reflection of who they are. "I enjoy the process," says jewelry designer Sara Weinstock, who subscribes to the go-with-the-flow approach in furnishing her Malibu, California, house. "Doing everything at once can be overwhelming—and stressful." Three years ago, faced with the empty rooms of her Colonial Revival, she began with a headboard in tufted blue silk and a sofa and armchairs handed down by her mother. She gave the latter new life with off-white upholstery and used the former as inspiration for a palette of watery blues, soft greens, and warm corals.
Adding pieces bit by bit, she assembled a seemingly effortless, updated traditional look. Drawing from her work as a jewelry designer, she gave earthy neutrals and relaxed fabrics a lift with metallic accents, from soft gilded finishes to light-reflecting silvery surfaces, much as one might pair sandals and a casual ankle-length dress with one of her diamond-and-gold necklaces. "I know when to stop," she says of rooms that are neither overdressed nor under-accessorized. For help with the subtly luxurious details, Sara turned to Lizabeth McGraw, an interior designer with a store in nearby Venice. They started with a warm caramel for the downstairs walls and looked for ways to enrich the overall palette with silver and gold accents that inject "an old-world aesthetic into rooms with a modern vibe," says McGraw. The vintage-style space looks as if it evolved over time and will continue to—naturally.
Fabrics in fresh patterns and a sea-inspired palette give this Colonial Revival a spirited look. Existing sofas and chairs were reupholstered, accent pillows added, and new pieces, like an oversize tufted ottoman, used to bring it all together. Tailored stripes on the window treatments tie in to the wall color and keep soft roman shades looking crisp.
Oversize foyer pendants, curvy bronze faucets, and a weathered wood table ground a classic white kitchen and give it presence. Large-scale pendants and hefty ribbed silverware play off a weathered farmhouse table and painted armoire. Pale caramel walls and ivory fabric unite the open kitchen and living area.
Wall paint: Sand Motif by Behr.
The silvery finishes on a bed frame and mirrored vanity by Nancy Corzine give the light-filled bedroom an up-in-the-clouds feeling. Luminous finishes add a touch of glamour; crisp linens keep the look clean.
Sara Weinstock curls up on the bench swing on her patio, surrounded by galvanized and weathered-iron containers overflowing with greenery. White shrub roses complete the cottage garden look. A porch swing suspended from the attached pergola creates a lightly shaded retreat from the sun.
A planter with a graceful shape and faux aged finish elevates even simple plantings. Lightweight fiberstone, 18-inch-high Fluted and Beaded urn, $99; 23-inch-high Liberick Outdoor pedestal, $139; frontgate.com