Designer Spotlight: Michael Lee

Get inspired by Los Angeles-based designer Michael Lee, known for epitomizing Malibu style with neutral palettes and earthy elements.

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Spacious Illusion
Photographer: Roger Davies

Spacious Illusion

When asked to give a much-needed upgrade to a Malibu beach bungalow, Michael stepped up to the challenge. In the living room, he created the feeling of more space by raising the ceilings to their maximum height. Crisp white paint from Farrow & Ball on all surfaces unifies the now-open floor plan and, along with plush slipcovered furnishings, facilitates a relaxed, chic vibe.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.