Erinn Valencich transforms three bedrooms in a Pacific Palisades home into beautiful, usable spaces.
“I’m never put off by starting small,” says interior designer, and competitor on NBC’s American Dream Builders, Erinn Valencich. She was originally hired to turn an old guest room in this Pacific Palisades home into a bright and colorful space for the client’s grandchildren who are frequent visitors. When that turned out well, Valencich was asked work her magic on the master bedroom and to turn a third bedroom, that was being used for storage, into an office. “Often clients aren’t sure how it's going to turn out, so it's nice to do one space and have it turn out really well and then they trust you to do the rest of it.”
“I have a furniture line, Erinn V Collections, and we build a lot of cabinetry for our clients, so we designed and built the long white desk under the windows for both the girls to use,” says Valencich. The beaded knobs came from Anthrolopologie. “They have really fun hardware.” The orange chairs are from Kartell.
To accommodate the granddaughters’ frequent sleepovers, Valencich custom built the daybed. “It has a trundle underneath it that pulls out so each girl has her own bed.”
In contrast to the colorful children’s room, the office is zen and sleek. A custom-made desk commands the center of the room with nary a cord to disturb the calm. “When you're floating a desk in the middle of the room, hiding the cords is always a challenge. We ran them down the leg and then cut a hole in the carpet. It was pretty tricky.”
Grasscloth-covered walls and dark furniture are a sophisticated, neutral backdrop against which the bright fabric on the antique chair and the collection of colorful glass bottles, found on CraigsList, standout. Also drawing attention: the art on the walls. “She had a really beautiful art collection, so I pulled some pieces from around the house and grouped them together here.”
While the client had the bed and the nightstands, everything else in the master bedroom is new. “We did new carpet, new wall coverings, new window treatments, light fixtures, the whole thing.” The result is a calm and serene retreat. “She and I worked really well together.”
Text by Abigail Stone
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