L.A. Designers Love This Signature Interior Style—This Living Room Proves It
If there's one interior design style we've covered extensively on MyDomaine, it's the Cali-cool look. It's quintessential to the coastal region, and we have to admit, it's a look we never tire of. There's something about the neutral hues layered with rich textures and a mix of organic materials that truly captures our attention. It feels lived-in, cozy, and aspirational all at once—three words we all want to be associated with the place we call home.
So you can imagine our delight when we first laid eyes on this living room makeover in Virginia (you should have seen it before). Designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt of JWS Interiors followed her client's orders of "light and bright" and brought this dated 1990s living room and home office into the 2000s with all the classic traits of the Cali-cool style we know and love. We featured the striking kitchen from this home earlier in the year, so we're beyond thrilled to introduce the next chapter of this stunning home renovation.
Take the tour to hear how Schmidt transformed the space and shop the look.
It's hard to imagine that this space was tired and dated while looking at it now, but Schmidt's team did a complete overhaul of this room. They took out a six-foot-long knee wall that was separating the kitchen from the family room to open it up and painted the two-story stone fireplace wall white to brighten the space for the Cali-Cool vibe.
The team also refinished the orange-toned wood floors by stripping the color completely to reveal the beautiful natural blonde shade. The original banisters and railings were also replaced for more modern iron spindles. The modern chandelier brings your eyes up to appreciate the incredibly high ceilings, an aspect of the space you don't want to miss.
With only one window in the home office, it can tend to feel dark, and originally it was also painted a dark color. So Schmidt's team painted the built-in shelves white and the walls a pale gray to lift it. "The goal was to add a little glam to the space since it was designed for the wife," she explains. "A beautiful white lacquered desk floats in the room providing a pretty focal point (with the window behind)."