He brilliantly blurs the lines between indoors and out.
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The Quintessential Californian
Nathan Turner exudes West Coast cool, but one would expect no less from this fourth-generation Californian, for whom spending time on boats and beaches has always been a way of life.
The products that the design veteran of Today and Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators commissions and curates, both in his eponymous West Hollywood shop and on 1stdibs.com, are a relaxed, bohemian mix of seascapes, ikat stools, quirky antiques, and embroidered suzani textiles old and new.
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The Quintessential Californian (cont.)
For a glimpse into this blended vibe, look to his book, Nathan Turner’s American Style, which champions both easy elegance and no-stress entertaining. Turner’s own Malibu pad links indoors and out with spaces that transition from nautical-hued furnishings to big open sky.
“You have to consider practical things on the water,” he says. “The sun is intense; salt air corrodes everything. The way most people want to live is not too fussy. It’s a very California mentality of laid-back living.”
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Describe your design mantra.
I think everything in a home should be a reflection of the people who live there. I like an undecorated look, where things feel like they’ve been collected over time.
Best antique score?
One of my favorite finds ever was a quirky little papier mâché globe from the 19th century. In a world where so many things are mass-produced, it makes me happy to know I’m never going to see anything like that again.
Any tips for design-loving dog owners?
My dogs are part of the family and have free rein in the house, so I use a lot of outdoor fabrics from Lulu DK and Perennials. They look and feel just like indoor fabrics but are more resistant to stains and tears.
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Formal or casual?
I find that most of my clients want a laid-back look that’s also comfortable and inviting. I’ll pick a cozy, upholstered sofa over a sleek, uptight one every time.
What's your go-to palette for beach homes?
I’ve never met a blue I didn’t like. My favorite hues reflect the color of the ocean in the winter—those gray, steely blues are perfect.
Next round's on us. What are you having?
I’d probably take a beer. I’m big on Mexican lagers, like Pacifico or Negra Modelo, with lemon wedges squeezed in.
5 of 5Photo: Courtesy of Nathan Turner via Instagram
Trend Watch: Materials
“I’m seeing a lot of brightly printed linens. They’re right at home in coastal interiors," says Turner.