Bohemian Cottage in Venice Beach

Actress Katherine LaNasa styles her California home with a happy mixture of antiques and modern finds to reflect her laid-back style. Here are her top tips for achieving the look.

Bohemian Beach Cottage: Entry

Photographer: John Ellis; Stylist: Linda Hirst

1. Buy What You Love

One of LaNasa's only rules for her tiny 1950s cottage was that it be filled solely with pieces that she was absolutely crazy about, which is how she ended up with the 19th-century sideboard turned console table in the entry. "It has a beautiful Carrara marble top, which makes it super versatile," she says. "I could have put it just about anywhere, and it would have fit in perfectly."

Get the look: The console is by Brenda Antin, 323-934-8451; the bench is from Indigo Seas, and the runner is from Ralph Lauren.

1113 Bohemian Beach Cottage: Dining Room

Photographer: John Ellis; Stylist: Linda Hirst

2. Reinvent Old Pieces

The dining room is a prime examples of LaNasa's knack for transformation: The table used to double as a desk, and the mirror above it was once a standing piece that she painted gray and hung horizontally.

Get the look: The table is by Pampa Furniture, the chandelier and mirror are by Pom Pom Interiors, and the chairs are by Indigo Seas.

Bohemian Beach Cottage: Breakfast Nook

Photographer: John Ellis; Stylist: Linda Hirst

3. Mix Splurges with Steals

LaNasa sprayed the breakfast nook's parlor table, a well-loved flea market find, with lacquer before pairing it with pricier antique French chairs, which she had re-covered in fabric by her friend Katarina Tana. "My last house was larger and more serious," LaNasa says. "I didn't want that here, so I had to find a way to make the pieces that I kept feel fresher and light for my smaller space."

Get the look: The chairs are from Indigo Seas, the Louis Armstrong art is by Nilo Lanza, and the pendant is by IKEA.

Venice Beach Cottage: Kitchen

Photographer: John Ellis; Stylist: Linda Hirst

4. Add Depth with Color

LaNasa painted the upper kitchen cabinet interiors with a pop of bright paint. The clear glass cabinet doors let her love of lively color combinations shine through.

Get the Look: The cabinetry is by Anderson Moulding, the stool is from 45 Three Modern Vintage Home, the pendant and rug are from IKEA, and the curtains are from Roberta Roller Rabbit.

Bohemian Beach Cottage: Living Room

Photographer: John Ellis; Stylist: Linda Hirst

5. Be Daring with Decor

The statement-making curtains in the living room are LaNasa's own design, which she had dyed in a color palette that brings the nearby ocean to mind. Nearly everything else in the tiny room was repurposed from her former house, though she was careful to do away with the heavy dhurries and dark-stained floors of her past in favor of jute and sea grass rugs for the French Deco feel she craved.

Get the look: The chair is from Pom Pom Interiors, the lamp and shade are from Indigo Seas, the rug is from Calypso St. Barth, and the drapery fabrication is by Amy Parks Designs.

Bohemian Beach Cottage: Bedroom

Photographer: John Ellis; Stylist: Linda Hirst

6. Play with Pattern

LaNasa created a calm getaway for herself in the master bedroom with a neutral color scheme that is an extreme departure from the bold hues used throughout the house. Instead of bright shades, she created interest by incorporating various patterns and texures in the fabrics she chose. The curtains that hang behind the bed were salvaged from her previous house and lend a romantic vibe to the space.

Get the look: The bed and nightstands are from Design Within Reach, the pillows are from Calypso St. Barth and West Elm, and the bedding is from IKEA.

Bohemian Beach Cottage: Dressing Room

Photographer: John Ellis; Stylist: Linda Hirst

7. Rethink a Small Room

One bedroom was so small that LaNasa decided to redefine it as a cozy dressing room ideal for storing her enviable collection of shoes, as well as an old French dresser that she's tenderly carted from house to house. "I very much love that thing," she says. "Being in here feels completely luxurious."

Get the look: The chandelier is by Pom Pom Interiors, the chair and dresser are by Indigo Seas, the pillow is from Calypso St. Barth, the rug is from Lowe's, and the art is from Gemini G.E.L.

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