Cal­i­for­nia Cool

Swimwear de­signer Marysia Do­brzan­ska Reeves’ home in Venice Beach is an ode to the sun­shine state,

Hong Kong Tatler Homes - - NEWS - writes Melissa Twigg Pho­tog­ra­phy MON­ICA WANG

Swimwear de­signer Marysia Do­brzan­ska Reeves’ home in Venice Beach is an ode to the sun­shine state

When it comes to en­vi­able lives, Marysia Do­brzan­ska Reeves’ is right up there with those of Meghan Markle, David At­ten­bor­ough and Amal Clooney. The Pol­ish-born swimwear de­signer lives with her hand­some hus­band, Nathaniel Reeves, and their two daugh­ters on a beach­front house in Cal­i­for­nia that’s so pretty, it is al­most in­spir­ing enough to book a one-way flight to LAX. Raised in Europe, she has lived in Venice Beach for years and her in­te­rior aes­thetic is sim­i­lar to her renowned swimwear de­signs—sleek, sexy and chic, with a mix of West Coast glossi­ness and Old World glam­our.

“Cal­i­for­nia has ab­so­lutely in­flu­enced my in­te­ri­ors,” she says. “I feel like you can’t help but be in­spired by the beau­ti­ful fauna and flora, the prox­im­ity to the beach, the warm climate and the laid-back at­ti­tudes. All of those things have in­formed both my home and our stu­dio.”

Her Pol­ish roots, how­ever, have also played a part, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to ac­ces­sories. “I left Poland around the age of 14, so I wasn’t yet old enough to start col­lect­ing home decor items,” she says. “But I cher­ish our fam­ily’s sil­ver and when I visit Poland this sum­mer, I plan to pick up more to add to my col­lec­tion.”

Reeves is adept at seam­lessly com­bin­ing the var­i­ous in­flu­ences in her life. The for­mer bal­le­rina and long-time surfer re­alised that she had spent a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of her life wear­ing leo­tards and wet­suits—but in­stead of let­ting that knowl­edge slip by, she de­cided to cre­ate a busi­ness plan from it. As she was ex­plor­ing her in­ter­est in fash­ion, she dis­cov­ered she could trans­late her early bal­let and surf­ing uni­forms into sleek, sim­ple swimwear and ef­fort­less beach dresses for her swimwear brand, Marysia.

This pared-back aes­thetic comes out in her home, which is mem­o­rable for its airi­ness, its neu­tral pal­ette and its wel­com­ing sim­plic­ity. An­tique ma­hogany fur­ni­ture centres the oth­er­wise all-white bed­room, while touches of colour are pro­vided by bunches of wild­flow­ers, gold-trimmed mir­rors or the oc­ca­sional or­nate bed­side ta­ble.

“A nat­u­ral pal­ette is sooth­ing in a home and I al­ways en­joy adding small de­tails with tex­ture and colour to make a vis­ual im­pact,” says Reeves. “I think that adding var­i­ous nat­u­ral textures gives a space warmth, along with per­sonal items with mean­ing to the home owner, so the space doesn’t feel too ster­ile. We added fam­ily heir­looms to each room along with vary­ing textures and nat­u­ral el­e­ments.”

Light fix­tures play an im­por­tant part in her home, de­spite the blind­ing Cal­i­for­nian sun­shine out­side negat­ing the need for

elec­tric light for most of the day. From mid­cen­tury chan­de­liers in the sit­ting room to ul­tra­mod­ern snake read­ing lights in the bed­room, th­ese creative lamps add real char­ac­ter to the spa­ces.

“Af­ter finding the right fix­tures for each room my­self, I re­lied on my in­te­rior de­signer to help with the place­ment and in­stal­la­tion of the fix­tures,” says Reeves, who hunts for her per­fect ac­ces­sories on­line but also ev­ery­where from Cal­i­for­nian flea mar­kets to Bev­erly Hills bou­tiques. “I also give a lot of credit to the ar­chi­tect who designed the home, David Hertz, along with my in­te­rior de­signer, Martha Mul­hol­land,” she adds.

Houses with a neu­tral colour pal­ette and sim­ple de­signs can be in dan­ger of feel­ing cold, but Reeves’ Venice Beach home is warm and invit­ing—not an easy bal­ance to strike. This is partly due to the run­ning theme of gold, which is a con­stant in ev­ery room and found on lamp­shades, cor­ner ta­bles and vases, lit up par­tic­u­larly pret­tily by the Cal­i­for­nian sun­shine. Other tac­tics to bring warmth to the rooms in­clude lots of emer­ald green pot plants fill­ing ev­ery cor­ner, and floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows.

“Plants are such an im­por­tant part of my in­te­ri­ors’ aes­thetic,” says Reeves. “We love live plants, and in ev­ery one of our homes we’ve in­cor­po­rated pot­ted plants and trees into the de­sign. When it comes to pick­ing the per­fect ones, I think that scale is im­por­tant. You need to be sure that the size and

height work well within the space, and doesn’t over­whelm it or get lost.

“The colour and size of the leaves is also im­por­tant,” she con­tin­ues. “Pick be­tween light and airy palm fronds to dense and large leaves on a fi­cus as they can both re­ally change the look of a room, de­pend­ing on what you’re try­ing to achieve and your in­te­rior de­sign style. Also, al­ways re­mem­ber to put your plant some­where with plenty of nat­u­ral light.”

A fa­nat­i­cal surfer, Reeves is a woman with a pas­sion for the out­doors and beach life, so it is no sur­prise that her favourite room in the house is ac­tu­ally out­doors—her sleek rooftop ter­race, which dou­bles as their en­ter­tain­ing area on warm sum­mer evenings and their break­fast spot all year round.

“I love our rooftop deck and pa­tio,” she says. “The views make you feel like you’re in a tree­house high above the street and close to the tops of the palm trees. It’s where I go af­ter work to un­wind.”

The en­vi­able Cal­i­for­nia girl aes­thetic has been woo­ing us all since the Beach Boys first sung about it in the 1960s. But rarely is it styled as warmly or cre­atively as by Reeves, who has im­bued both her swimwear and her in­te­ri­ors with an ide­alised model for West Coast liv­ing.

“I think that both in­form the other,” says Reeves. “My aes­thetic, whether it be in my home or the way that I dress or de­sign my col­lec­tions, is al­ways about qual­ity and crafts­man­ship, min­i­mal­ist de­sign and thought­ful de­tails. That’s what makes me happy.”

A SUNNY DIS­PO­SI­TION From left: The Cal­i­for­nian life­style pro­vided a sig­nif­i­cant source of in­spi­ra­tion for the in­te­ri­ors; a whim­si­cal col­lec­tion of art adds colour and char­ac­ter to the stair­well

LIFE LIVED WELL From left: Live plants are an im­por­tant part of the de­sign aes­thetic; Reeves’ favourite part of the house is the spa­cious rooftop ter­race, where she goes to un­wind af­ter work

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from China

© PressReader. All rights reserved.