The Crown JewelAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Studio Montemayor fills a modern L.A. home owned by a renowned jewelry designer, with character and life
“We believe the home should be a reflection of the family who inhabits it, and through thoughtful curation we provide a beautiful stage to discretely elevate their daily routine,” says Studio Montemayor founder, Regina Perez Montemayor about the spaces she and her team dream up for clients. “Unbound by a set aesthetic, our work is stylistically diverse and attuned to our clients—unified by an essential refinement, sense of place and attention to detail.”
When hired by L.A.-based jewelry designer Emily P. Wheeler and her partner to transform their 3,700-square-foot home into a fun-filled destination for entertaining, they reveled at the opportunity. “Through a mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings and bold use of color, we achieved a design that feels refined but still playful and inviting,” says Perez Montemayor.
Like most Southern Californians, the client’s wanted the interior of each space to feel as if it was fused with the outdoors. The team furthered the home’s indoor/outdoor layout through material choices, color selections and by interior plantscaping. “By planting Creeping Fig along the back wall of the dining room, we were able to enhance this experience, creating a stunning but unexpected backdrop for the dining room, and taking advantage of the abundant natural light, especially when the large floor to ceiling sliding glass doors are fully open,” she remarks. “Given that the ground floor is an open floor plan encompassing the kitchen, dining and living rooms, this feeling is extended to the entire space and highlights the best part of living in L.A.—the weather!”
A true reflection of the quintessential “California Cool” aesthetic, the home’s contemporary architecture is grounded by rare vintage finds, unique ceramics, jewel-toned colors and soft textures. When askeed how the clients responded to the big reveal, Perez Montemayor recalls, “The client’s were thrilled with the end result, and shortly after its completion welcomed their first child- needless to say the playful character of the home has augmented!”