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A New York Firm Designs a California Cool Home In LA
Brooklyn based interior design firm, Sheep + Stone, is known for designing cool and collected interiors with modern, classic style. The boutique firm's principal, Sheena Murphy, is known for her aesthetic that blends the sophistication of English style (where Sheena hails from) with New York's industrial aesthetic, for a fresh and clean look. One of her latest projects blends the two worlds in a beautiful family home in Los Angeles.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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The 2,400 square foot interior was designed with the architecture in mind. "The architecture of the home was notable in that it was renovated almost 100 years after it was originally built, yet it feels perfectly harmonious in style. We tried to embrace the period features and industrial elements with the modern tendencies of the clients to create a home that felt authentic, comfortable and current," says Murphy.Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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While the design fits seamlessly into the home's original features, there are also modern elements that set it comfortably in the 21st Century. In the living room, a blue velvet sofa punctuates the space. The colorful piece of furniture is brought down to earth with a mix of wood and metallic finishes that blends with the interior's natural surroundings.Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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A Study In Neutrals
The dining room is a study in neutrals, with a mix of black and wood-tone furnishings, and a warm shade of white on the walls. As Murphy explains, "The palette was mostly neutral to create a timeless feel, we mixed periods, wood and metals to keep things interesting and layered. This helped us not to become too much of any one thing and to create a home that felt inviting and collected rather than contrived and deliberately designed."Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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The mix of periods is evident throughout the interior. In this dining room, bentwood chairs surround a mid-century modern dining table. Above, a modern chandelier adds ambiance to the dining room. The mix of styles is anchored by the home's neutral base.Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Before moving to Los Angeles, the homeowners spent seven years in Brooklyn. They wanted their interior to also reflect the style of the borough that they used to call home. "We took cues from the local landscape and design history and blended that inspiration with nods to Brooklyn in the form of artwork, locally made pieces, and materials which felt synonymous with New York," remarks Murphy on the Brooklyn influence. You can see hints of Brooklyn style in this living area where modern... and industrials elements come together in the furnishings. And the artisanship that Brooklyn is known for appears in the reclaimed wood credenza.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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A Place for Pattern
The artisan feel continues with patterned accessories, including the woven wall hanging and printed pillow in this seating area. While small pieces, they have been layered in effortlessly to capture the Brooklyn feel that the homeowners desire.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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Bridging the Indoors and Outdoors
"One of the nicest things about this home was it’s windows and connection to outside," says Murphy. "The windows throughout the house look out onto luscious greenery, and the outdoor space feels rather connected to the interior because of this. We aimed to complement and enhance this feature with the design, never wanting to compete or overwhelm it." The outdoor living room blends seamlessly with the indoor space, featuring modern furnishings and a cool palette of soft grays and... whites.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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A Bedroom Retreat
Through the outdoor patio, you enter the home's master bedroom retreat. Soft shades of gray and blue anchor the relaxing space. For a bit of color, Murphy has added rose gold lighting on the bedside tables. The soft pop of pink literally lights up this bedroom oasis. Overhead, a Koushi pendant adds to the light feel of the space.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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The master bedroom is a story in details, from the soft and cozy bedding to the abstract art hung over the bed. It's the little things that make it a quiet and restful retreat.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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A Sweet Nursery
The interior is also home to two little ones. In the nursery, the neutral color palette continues but takes on a youthful feel with the addition of whimsical patterns. Pretty black and white pillows sporting geometric patterns and a soft pink throw with a floral pattern add a fun touch to the space.Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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A Serene Second Bedroom
The second bedroom brings in a number of serene shades, from soft blues to just a whisper of lilac. Enveloped in warm shade of gray, with just a hint of brown, this is a space designed for rest and comfort.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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The final space in this California home is the office, featuring a mix of mid-century pieces. A vintage desk and woven chair look fresh and modern atop a black and white geometric rug. The space is the final note in this home where neutrals and a mix of periods have been mastered to create a one-of-a-kind family home.