Home Decorating Tour: L.A. Designer Lends Cheerful, Glamorous Style
Decorating with Color and Pattern
Los Angeles designer Lynn von Kersting didn't leave an inch of this California cottage untouched. Cheerful colors and bold patterns unite with the balmy sunshine streaming through the home's big windows. The intricate detailing of an antique Indian table echoes the white patterned pillows on the wooden settee.
Garden Inspired Decorating
Inspired by daffodils in the garden, Von Kersting infused the living room walls with a buttery yellow hue. To match the paint's summery feel, Von Kersting chose a daring red floral upholstery fabric and accented the windows with bold stripes to tie the space together. To emphasize the sense of glamour, Von Kersting added luxurious accessories, such as leopard-print lampshades and gold silk pillows on the sofa.
Cozy Stairway Nook
By importing a pair of Napoleon III chairs and an antique Moroccan table, the designer turned an empty stairwell into a cozy spot for chatting. The homeowner collected most of her artwork, including this pair of theatrical mask paintings, during her travels. The nook's lively palette adds to the home's happy, animated air.
Stylish Dining Room
Pumpkin-colored cushions and chestnut-hue walls lend an intimate air to the dining room. Seascape china picked up in Barbados covers the wall in exotic embellishment. A modest chandelier sparkles in the afternoon sunlight.
Collectibles in the Kitchen
By keeping the kitchen a pristine white, Von Kersting lets antique accessories, such as a vintage clock and classically designed faucet, steal the show. Even when put away, the china remains on display in the glass-front cupboards. Repeating the graphic window treatment ties the kitchen and the adjacent living room together.
A Sunny Spot
The abundant garden gave Von Kersting ample inspiration to bring brilliant blooms indoors--on fabrics and art as well as with actual blossoms. A pale blue vase of multicolor dahlias pairs with khaki floral window shades, providing a quiet spot to read a book, write a letter, or enjoy the view of the garden.
Playfully printed boudoir pillows and pink-and-white sheets give the master bedroom a gentle burst of spring. The feeling is bolstered by a small bunch of roses from the garden, which look like they could have popped out of the 19th-century French paintings adorning the walls.
Romantic Bedroom Sitting Area
In the master bedroom, two upholstered chairs and a low table blend dreamily with the honey-colored walls. The sunset-inspired color palette bathes the room in warmth. A 19th-century Russian painting from Von Kersting's Los Angeles boutique, Indigo Seas, placed above the mantel accentuates the romantic air.
Small Space Decorating
Combining multiple patterns in a small space can be an easy recipe for disaster, but in Von Kersting's hands, the elements of the bathroom mingle in a charming way. A semicircle of botanical drawings blooms out from the green floral-pattern wallpaper and encircles the room's true star, an English oyster-shell mirror. The careful arrangement keeps any one piece from being too loud or overwhelming.
Soften the Look
To contrast with a house full of intense, romantic colors, Von Kersting lightens the mood in the home office with cool green and turquoise hues. An antique French settee covered in Moroccan fabric provides a comfortable spot to soak up the sun and admire softer details, such as the curvy iron table. Delicate pops of red in the pillows, armchair, and curtains keep the room from losing passion.
Mementos on Display
When accessorizing the home office, Von Kersting had to look no farther than the homeowner's diverse souvenirs. Vietnamese garden hats, a red Franco-Chinese basket, and a Chinese jar dress up the bamboo table and mirror. The intricate mirror creates a lovely silhouette against the leaf-green wall. Sentimental touches give the room character to match the homeowner's personality.