Texture and color are the key players in this 1937 Beverly Hills home. Jerrod Blandino, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of Too Faced Cosmetics with husband Jeremy Johnson, did a complete renovation of their home with help from friend and interior designer, Robin Strickler.
This home was previously owned by Who What Wear Co-Founder, Katherine Power, and her husband, Justin Coit, and was purchased for Jeremy as a 20th anniversary gift from Jerrod. The 2,121-square-foot residence is their second home and is decorated with a youthful color palette and pops of pink, turquoise, and banana leaf wallpaper.
How would you describe your design style?
Retro cocktail glamour with a modern fashion flair. I love traditional elements mixed with cocktail party vibes and pairing pastel pops with gold flourishes.
Who are your mentors or those you look up to?
My inspirations are Dorothy Draper in decorating and Edith Head in fashion, Ladurée in Paris, and of course one of my dear friends Mary McDonald, who is the modern-day master of glamour in home decor.
Do you have any design rules?
Do what you love, break the rules, create your own sense of style -- the same rules you should embrace in fashion and makeup hold true in design -- but always back yourself in classic elements and always add something fun and quirky.
What are your favorite stores for finding decor?
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere and anywhere! I love watching old movies, and I'm obsessed with decor magazines and traveling.
What inspired the design of this home?
I wanted it to reflect the fact that we are in the makeup business, so it had to be colorful, fashionable, and fabulous. But we also wanted it to reflect the Beverly Hills glamour of yesterday.
What was the biggest decorating challenge for this home?
My biggest challenge was keeping the integrity of the home's 1930s charm but modernizing it for today. For example, we wanted to keep the original floors but update the electronics, and we juxtaposed vintage fixtures with modern furnishings.
What is your favorite element in your home?
I love the original stained glass windows. They were etched with a love letter to the wife of the original owner; it's so romantic! I also love the custom Madonna portrait by Craig Alan that hangs in the dining room.
What has been your proudest DIY decor moment?
My proudest DIY moment came when I mixed my own paint colors based on some of our makeup colors.
What are your go-to colors (paint or otherwise)?
I always start with pink. It's my lucky color and everything else revolves around that.
What is your favorite piece of decorating advice?
Don't waste your time on the illusion of a budget because it won't ever work. And I always throw a little leopard print somewhere in the design.
Where do you find it appropriate to splurge and save on an interior design project?
Splurge on quality furniture because you are going to keep it long-term. Real quality never goes out of fashion and you can always reupholster or refinish it to fit any design.
Save on some of your accent pieces -- those you can change out whenever you want an updated look. Also, the web is a great place to look for fun, interesting pieces that are inexpensive.
What room in your home was the most difficult to design?
The den was the most difficult because we wanted it to be comfortable enough to watch movies or cuddle up with a book, but we wanted to keep it glamorous and stylish.
How has your style evolved over time?
I have [gained] more respect for interior design as I've evolved and learned from friends in the design world like Mary McDonald. For this home, designer Robin Strickler was essential -- she knows me so well and she's great about pulling textures, colors, and combinations she knew were quintessentially me. She found the proper pieces for the proper spaces that just fit so perfectly.
What was most important to you when designing the home?
I wanted this home to be a happy, loving, fun place.
How have you seen your home evolve?
This home went from traditional Beverly Hills with calm, muted tones and a well-traveled vibe to a glamorous swizzle stick champagne cocktail.