When Los Angeles interior designer
Erinn Valencich was hired to breathe new life into a traditional Westlake, CA home, she approached the project with her trademark “why
not?” philosophy, adding bright splashes of color, a bold mix of patterns and
unexpected whimsy to the home. The result? A mix of old and new that reflects
the homeowner’s eclectic style and highlights an impressive art collection. 79
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Erinn Valencich, Los Angeles interior designer and custom furniture manufacturer, in her Beverly Hills showroom.
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This ornate table in the entryway was originally gold, but Valencich added a coat of soft gray paint so that the intricate details and overall
shape could be better appreciated. Vintage Louis Vuitton trunks, bought at
auction, add warmth and texture to this cool-hued space. The framed
Lichtenstein, from the homeowner’s collection, serves as a contemporary counterpoint to the vintage pieces. Photography
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This traditional living room, with its formal drapery and ornate fireplace, gets a splash of modernism—and color—thanks to a dramatic art installation. Instead of hanging the homeowner’s collection of Warhol paintings horizontally, Valencich stacked them vertically to draw the eye upward and anchor this eclectic space. The sofa’s pale blue hue picks up the paintings’ color, and the bright tufted ottoman provides a fun accent. An application of silver leaf softens the look of the fireplace and adds a contemporary metallic component to the space.
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Old world taxidermy meets modern whimsy in the living room when a classic frame is added to the mix. A dramatic emerald antique chandelier, purchased
at auction, completes the entry space. Photography
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Metallic elements add some shine to an earthy palette in the living room.
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Warhol paintings flank the formal dining room entryway and work in beautiful contrast with the dark woods and neutral upholstery
found inside. When it comes to mixing design elements, Valencich says to “keep it playful and interesting.” Photography
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A monochromatic color scheme in the formal dining room used to make the space feel unfinished. To give it a sophisticated and serene feel, Valencich painted the ceiling a silver gray and added dusty blue drapes that echo the soft, watery shades of the textural painting on the far wall. Unexpected accent pieces, like a modern floral arrangement, add
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Like many pieces in this traditional home, the antique mirror and cabinet in this charming powder room were originally gold. Valencich woke
them up with a coat of raspberry paint that is both rich and warm. She also
added an antique lotus pendant light and vintage-inspired Mimir wallpaper to add luster to the space. “Don’t be afraid of color,” says Valencich. “It
can really add life to a room.” Photography
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The kitchen in this Westlake estate is modern, so Valencich wanted this dining area to be a mix of old and new. She paired a classic wall color, traditional drapery and hardwood floors with a vivid La Murrina chandelier, slick
marble dining table and bright chairs with hammered nail detail to give the space
a more contemporary, eclectic feel.
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The crisp, light-filled bedroom,
which serves as a cozy gathering spot for the homeowner’s four daughters, is one of Valencich’s favorite room in the house. “There’s a lot going on in a fairly small space, but it’s not overwhelming,” says Valencich. Bookshelves on either
side of the daybed provide extra storage, and the toile-inspired wallpaper, geometric
Kelly Wearstler drapes and graphic accent pillows keep the eyes wandering.