Project Reveal: Mr. Hollywood Proper

 
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Location:
Los Angeles, California

Size:
795 sq ft.

Biggest Design Challenge:
Creating that boutique-hotel feeling in your everyday home

Photography:
Bree McCool Photography


We are so excited to kick off the weekend with the project we've been slowly unveiling, and affectionately calling the #MrHollywoodProperProject, if you've been following along on Instagram. 

When you hear the words bachelor pad, this is not the place that comes to mind. We were so honored to have our #MrHollywoodProperProject featured on Domino Mag, and dubbed the “the chicest bachelor pad in LA, hands down". Frankly, we can’t really argue with that!

 
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This project started with clean, modern palette - the building sits in Hollywood’s Columbia Square and was designed by (the Queen herself) Kelly Wearstler - so needless to say, the bones were excellent. But that was about all there was to go on. Everything you see here is new and was thoughtfully searched for, curated and brought in over the course of two months to turn the space into our client’s dream home.

One of our favorite things about this home, is that there are truly unique pieces around every corner. The result is an organic modern space with loads of texture, pattern and plenty of vintage and handcrafted pieces.

 
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The main objective with our client, was that he wanted to have that "hotel feel" in his home. We took that to heart and focused on creating unique and memorable moments while keeping it minimal, sticking to a cohesive palette throughout .

We started from scratch - there were no family heirlooms or must-keep furniture pieces to have in this space, so we were really able to put our stamp on it, completely furnishing and styling the home from top to bottom. However, our client is from Sydney, so we did love adding some handmade Australian accents to bring in nostalgia and meaning, like this stunning raffia piece placed on the concrete wall. The combination of these two textures is stunning, if we say so ourselves - we really can’t get enough!

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Nailing the neutral game is all about the use texture. Playing with different shades and tones, even pattern, gives you a layered effect that adds personality. We mixed wood tones for a look that feels comfortable and a bit masculine and added plenty of plants and florals throughout the space to soften it.

 
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Scout Modern Tip: Feels like something is missing? It’s probably fresh florals and greenery! We always suggest that clients keep fresh florals in their space, as it drastically changes the look and overall feel of a room. Seriously, give it a try!

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Now, let’s talk about lighting. The lighting design was truly key in creating that boutique hotel vibe; we gave each space its own lighting moment with handcrafted hanging wall sconces in the bedroom, a three-arm chandelier above the dining table, and a polished nickel pole sconce in the entry. Several candles and tealights are placed throughout for ambiance.

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We truly love this space, and enjoyed working on it! What do you think? Did Domino get it right with the “Chicest Bachelor Pad in LA”? Did we achieve the look and feel of a boutique-hotel living? We’d love to hear your thoughts! This one is definitely on the books as a favorite for us!

 

Holiday Tablescapes You'll Want to Try

 

Hosting can be hard - there is a lot to coordinate! Food, guests with allergies or dietary restrictions, perhaps a seating chart, and well, cooking for people!

But, the fun part of hosting - or at least what we find fun, is styling the tablescape. Of course, sometimes we need to balance beauty with function, but sometimes we have the space to go all out on the tabletop!

Don’t feel the need to go out and buy new things just for your holiday table - there is plenty that you can shop from around your home! Our favorite go-to’s are brass candlesticks, tealight candles for ambiance, fresh greenery or garland (you may even be able to clip it from a tree outside!) and of course, beautiful dishes and layered linens. If you don’t have any of those things, we do have a handy little round up at the bottom to get you on your way - or even just jog your memory of whats in your sideboard.

While styling is part of the fun, and we encourage you to move things around, enjoy yourself and get creative - we also have 5 tips to keep in mind:

  • Use items of varying heights along the table to create depth and dimension. Think tall taper candles and holders & low tealight candle holders to add some sparkle.

  • Add some greenery! Fresh is best, but we understand that if you’re hosting for more than one evening or day, sometimes the faux stuff is much more reasonable. There are some amazing artificial options out there and we have some linked down below.

  • Layer dishes and linens to create visual interest - think table linens, runners, napkins, and even fresh greenery on top of the plate (see examples below!)

  • Add a personal touch! Whether it’s name cards, or family heirloom decor pieces, people love to reminisce and feel at home as they sit at your table.

  • And finally, if you are mixing chairs to make sure everyone has a seat at the table, try creating some kind of pattern as you mix them in. This will make it look more intentional and styled. This goes for dishes as well, if you are hosting a large dinner and need to mix a few sets.

And, since we’re on the topic, here are some of our favorite looks to top your table this year, for Christmas.

And if you need some inspiration to grab as you are running around to get your last few gifts, here are some tabletop favs:

 

Gift Wrapping Inspo (with a free download!)

 

So, you’ve probably (hopefully!) checked at least a few names off of your Christmas list and now you need to get wrapping! Being design savvy people, we happen to care about pretty paper, and bows and sprigs of this or that, and love being inspired by beautiful packaging and packages. So, we thought we’d do you a little favor, and round up some of our favorite holiday wrapping inspiration.

We also know that finding the right gift tags for the holidays can be a stressor, so we’ve created a free downloadable for you to print at home, and use on your gifts! Made by us, just for you! Be sure to scroll down to find the download link.

Now, without further ado, here are some our favorite “wrapping looks” this holiday:

Merry & Bright

While this look is stunning, it actually makes gift wrapping really simple! Use crisp white paper and a variety of ribbons to style. Choosing a specific color for a specific person, could be a fun idea as well! We love that each gift is topped off with natural greenery and a momento. Thoughtful, and still chic!

Perhaps the ribbon could coordinate with their personality or something unique about them? It’s personalized, but still very stylish, and we definitely dig it.

Dark & Moody

These pretty packages really embrace the layered look! Incorporating greenery in these too, they have a vastly different look to the Merry & Bright packages we shared above. Using leather, ribbon, craft paper and washi-tape, these packages are really something special. We love these for husbands, dads, or the resident “moody-neutral lover” in your life.

Dapper DIY

If your style includes getting your hands dirty and conquering the latest and greatest DIY, then this is a great one! It could also be a fun activity to involve your kids with. What aunt/uncle/grandparent or parent wouldn’t love custom wrapping paper created by their little loved one? Just prepare yourself, it could get messy! Being neutral lovers ourselves, we love what Molly from Almost Makes Perfect created to use as christmas wrapping inspo.

So, with all of these great holiday looks - do you have a wrapping plan this year? We’d love to hear what your christmas palette is like!

And, just to help you a little along the way, we’ve created some custom gift tags for you to use as you wrap your gifts! Consider this a tiny Christmas gift, from us to you! Our recommendation for use, is to print them on photo paper, or a thicker stock, cut them out, and tuck them behind some ribbon or twine of your choice. If you have a hole punch, you can use that too - but even if you don’t - these also look pretty chic attached with some washi tape. If you use the gift tags, we’d love to see how you did it! Message us here, or on Facebook and Instagram and let us know!

CLICK HERE to get our gift tags!

 
 
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