Set in StoneAuthor:Lindsey Shook
“Our approach to design is one where we encourage connectivity and an open flow within each home. We do this by breaking down barriers, allowing the space to breathe, and adding a lot of light. We love layering textures, patterns and colors, and seamlessly blending in our design approach with our clients’ wishlist in order to truly get a custom design that fits our clients’ needs,” says Hollis LaPlante, partner and principal designer at L.A. design firm Hollis Jordyn.
Inside this 2,200-square-foot home, the duo leaned on their design philosophy to create the idyllic California abode for fine jewelry designer Andrea Fohrman. “Prior to this renovation, we worked with her on designing her showroom,” says LaPlante’s partner Jordyn Grohl. “She was so pleased with how her showroom turned out and she brought us in to renovate and refresh her home.”
The existing home was dark, unwelcoming and needed a more open floorplan. “The previous footprint of the home restricted an effortless flow with walls cutting into spaces, limiting accessibility and lacked lots of natural light,” Grohl recalls. “We ended up taking the home down to the studs and rebuilding it with a layout that felt more conducive to our clients’ needs.” All bedrooms were move to one side of the home so that the main entertaining spaces could cohesively flow. Skylights were then installed to allow natural light to pour in.
When guests walk into the home they are struck by the grouping of large-scale woven pendants by Cuff Studio that set the tone for the desired design direction. “Our client works with a lot of natural stone and we really wanted the design of her home to reflect her style and taste,” says LaPlante. “It was important to us to incorporate natural materials and design elements as a way of paying homage to Andrea’s work as a jewelry designer.” They honored her aesthetic by bathing the home in a neutral foundation while incorporating pops of color and texture that evoke the stones she infuses into each collection. Grohl notes, “We added modern style and furnishings, reworked the layout, and improved the functionality and flow of the home.”
When asked how Fohrman reacted during the big reveal, LaPlante responds, “She was blown away and could not have been more thrilled with the outcome. It truly feels so bright and refreshing in the home, which gives the space new energy and life!”