Home BaseAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Onyx & Oak Interior Design establish a more modern energy inside a Pacific Palisades home
“We pride ourselves on being able to design any style of home and do not take the cookie cutter approach to design,” says partner Kristin Losey, partner and principal designer at Onyx & Oak Interior Design. “Our design philosophy: To help our clients realize their own vision, even more beautifully than they could have imagined and give them a space to create their fondest memories.”
With projects around the country, Losey and her partner Felicia Bushman’s work appeals to busy clients with expansive real estate portfolios. Their work led them to design this 6,200-square-foot Mediterranean style-home for a globe-trotting family who love to host family gatherings. “This is our client’s primary home located in the Pacific Palisades Riviera section of Los Angeles,” says Bushman. “They also have homes in New York and Whitefish, Montana. This is a very busy family of five, the children are all out of the house, and as you can see with the 3 residences, they do travel quite a bit.”
Like most current California renovations, the home needed a floor plan that flowed, updated finishes and a connection to the outdoors. With the help of C + P Architects, the team installed bi-fold steel doors to establish that indoor/outdoor flow in addition to all new flooring, a custom staircase, fireplace mantles and a pergola outside to extend the outdoor living space. “We stained and painted the beams and doors and added a new bar and eat-in breakfast area,” Losey recalls. “Most every room in the home was renovated with custom fabrics, wallpapers, rugs and furniture.”
“The most significant changes we achieved were the new flooring, new staircase with custom iron railing, the bi-fold doors from family room to exterior to really open the home up for indoor/outdoor living,” Bushman remarks. “We are most proud of the fact that we were able to seamlessly weave a more modern feel into the existing traditional home.”
When it came to the decor, the Onyx & Oak team devised a palette that complemented the clients’ existing art collection while incorporating a selection of existing furniture and lighting retained from their previous home. A base of soft neutrals and gray hues ground each room while texture, dramatic stone and moments of vibrant color add touches of excitement.
Even though the clients travel often, they remained in L.A. during the renovation and were collaborative throughout. “We love our clients to be part of the design evolution and we appreciate the collaborative process,” says Bushman. “We feel this brings about the best results in the end.”