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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."