Jen Atkin's Living Room Makes a Case for Cali-Cool Style
Jen Atkin and Mike Rosenthal are not the type to rest on their laurels. The celebrity hairstylist is responsible for the effortless luscious locks of our favourite stars, from Gigi Hadid to Jessica Alba. Her husband is a famed photographer with an impressive portfolio under his belt. They might be constantly on the go, but at home, they like to pause and wind down in a relaxing environment. When they moved into their first home last year, it needed a refresh. The 1920s Spanish colonial home had gone through a complete remodel by famed designer Tony Duquette, known for his exuberant maximalist style. But the creative couple had a more pared-back minimalistic vision.
"We knew that there was the potential for a beautiful, airy, magical space, but we would need to strip things down and unify the whole house," says Rosenthal. While they originally renovated and redesigned the whole house in their favourite Cali-cool aesthetic, there was one space they struggled to put together: the living room leading out to the pool. They called on The Studio at One Kings Lane to help them bring their vision to life. Step inside the couple's newly decorated space and learn a few tricks on how to create a warm, minimalistic look in your own space.
The couple has an affinity for bright warm minimalistic spaces—ones that might seem pared back and streamlined at first yet still exhibit a warm and inviting comfort. To break off from the all-white colour palette, the designers from The Studio at One Kings Lane brought in a pair of tuxedo leather club chairs in a rich teal blue hue.
To warm up the tone-on-tone space, the designers used a lot of textural elements: a vintage Moroccan rug, mud cloth pillows with a black zig-zag pattern, woven baskets, and cozy throws. A tall fiddle leaf fig tree and other assorted greenery also contributed in making the space feel more organic and bringing the outside in.
Travertine, a staple of 1990s minimalist design, was brought in with the vintage coffee table and other assorted accents like the travertine spheres displayed in a bowl on the coffee table. The neutral natural stone provides subtle texture to an otherwise all-white stark space and blends in with the tone-on-tone look of the upholstery and soft accents.
Even the art was chosen has a minimalistic feel. A framed striped Berber throw hangs above an antique Shandong bench, while a cacti print leans against an opposite wall. Worldly accents, though chosen for their pared-back palette, further contribute to giving the space depth and texture.
While the couple is constantly busy traveling and furthering their careers, they now have a relaxing haven to come home to. "We made choices with this room (with our designer) that we definitely wouldn’t have made by ourselves, and the room is so much better as a result," says Atkin. Until the couple decides to start a family, their all-white, no fuss space serves as a true grown-up fantasy.