THIS CALIFORNIA HOME PROVES THAT BRIGHT AND AIRY CAN ALSO BE COZY WHEN YOU LAYER AND REPEAT.
stark white box: That was the best way to describe this new build in Santa Monica, CA, when interior designer Jessica Davis started decorating it. To warm the space for a young family, the Nest Studio designer added architectural details like shiplap and built-ins then mixed in vintage and new furnishings. Against those rich layers, the white walls now feel fresh rather than clinical. “We wanted a space that felt comfortable and collected but still had that element of California cool,” she says.
CREATING FLOWRepetition was interior designer Jessica Davis’ strategy for decorating both thisopen-plan living space and the rest of the house. Plants,natural woven fibers, bold vintagerugs, and largescale artwork appearin every room.
BLENDING INThe gallery wall started with the least attractivepiece: the television. “There was only one wallwhere it could go, so we wanted to camouflageit,” Davis says. The photography, landscapes, and abstract paintingsin soft colors don’t vie for attention when theTV is on.
Without walls to create intimacy in the vast 42' ×23' main level, Davis relied on strategicallyplaced rugs, furniture, and lighting to give the feeling of separate rooms.