A Designer's Secret to Creating a Modern Yet Inviting Living Room

We've been watching interior designer Anne Sage's California bungalow come together room by room, and it just keeps getting better. First, we saw her stunning kitchen remodel, and then we took a tour of the master bedroom, where the sunlight flows through the large windows. Up next, we're getting a look inside her open living room and dining room area, where it's clear that living in Los Angeles has impacted her taste. As with the rest of the home, her appreciation of natural light, open spaces, and rich layers of textures shines through immediately. "One look at my Instagram feed is a dead giveaway on my style: I like things simple, clean, and modern, yet warm and inviting too," Sage tells MyDomaine.

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An Interior Designer Gave Her Bedroom a Modern Makeover—We Can't Stop Staring

Before settling into their current place, content creator Anne Sage lived with her now-husband, Ivan, in a more cramped home where natural light was hard to come by. "I always felt like I was piggybacking on [my husband's] space," Sage tells MyDomaine, so a chance to build a new life together in a new home came as a welcome adventure for the pair.

And considering that Sage is an incredibly talented interior designer, the decorating process was so fun to watch (just check out her kitchen to see what we mean). While it's hard to rank which rooms we were most excited to see come together, we were probably partial to the master bedroom, so when she told us it was ready to make its debut, we couldn't wait to see the result.

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Teen Wolf's Holland Roden Takes AD Inside Her Hollywood Bungalow

Holland Roden’s house is not like the estates of some of her entertainment industry comrades—and she knows it. It doesn’t have a view of the ocean, or immaculately hand-painted wallpaper, or carefully collected antiques. In fact, she says, “it’s like a little kid’s house. It’s not overly perfect.” And while the house beside her own 1923 Spanish Colonial Revival once belonged to Judy Garland, hers was previously owned by Frank Avruch—the 1960s entertainer best known as Bozo the Clown. “Of course," she says with a laugh, "I get Bozo the Clown, and my beautiful neighbor next to me gets Judy Garland’s house.”

Dubious Hollywood pedigree aside, Roden’s home is not actually like a child’s—unless that child knew exactly what they liked, could handle a major renovation practically on her own, and had a preternatural eye for mixing original colors and textures (yellow grout on white kitchen tile with evergreen cabinets, for example). Oh, and responsibly considers factors like resale value before messing with her walls.

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A Music Industry Insider’s Midcentury Los Angeles Home

As music manager to Pharrell Williams, Caron Veazey has often felt, as the performer sang in his hit song “Happy,” like a room without a roof. But when she purchased a midcentury home in the Nichols Canyon section of L.A.'s Hollywood Hills, she had no idea that she would literally be standing in one. “Our plan initially was to make a few adjustments, like opening up the kitchen a bit and combining two smaller bedrooms to make a large master suite,” she says of the 2,000-square-foot house, which was designed by celebrated Los Angeles architect Edward Fickett in the 1950s. What she and husband Lou Robinson didn’t know when they purchased the property was that the house had been slowly rotting away, requiring a yearlong renovation to address its structural damage. “We ended up taking the house down to the studs and essentially re-did everything.”

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Sophia Amoruso's Girlboss Office Is a Vintage Lover's Dream

Sophia Amoruso, the wunderkind whose fervor for vintage clothing caused a seismic shift in retail when she launched Nasty Gal Vintage at the age of 22, has grown up and changed lanes. Following Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise and untimely fall when it shuttered last year, another Amoruso business emerged: Girlboss. “It was a book, then it was a podcast, then it was a Netflix series, and it’s a hashtag,” says Sophia of the multipurpose phrase she coined and is now uniting under one single roof online. These days, Girlboss stands for women “exploring the intersection of work and life," says Sophia. "This is a space to connect and share ideas: what works, what doesn’t, and maybe what’s working for me doesn’t work for you, but let’s share anyway.”

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A Designer Shows Us How to Give a Dated Kitchen a Drool-Worthy Makeover

When stylish Los Angeles–based interior designer Anne Sage joined forces with equally stylish design firm Studio McGee to revamp her kitchen, we knew it was going to be good—really good. When they first embarked on the renovation, the space was dated and small, two obstacles that make an inherently challenging project even more so. But leave it up to this duo to rethink the layout, land on a color scheme, and maximize storage space for a functional and gorgeous kitchen.

"Our biggest goal was to make the kitchen functional, a place where I could indulge my love of cooking without feeling hampered by the limitations of my environment. When we first moved in, the house had only an efficiency-size gas range, and a full-size washer and dryer were eating up a ton of space where the countertops should have been. Plus the cabinets hadn't been updated since the house was originally built and were literally falling apart. Needless to say, it was a nightmare situation for [a designer] who spends a lot of time in the kitchen," Sage tells MyDomaine.

Well, we think it's safe to say she surpassed her goal. If you need advice on what to prioritize and how to get started on your own kitchen remodel, scroll through the designer tips below.

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PSA: Lulu & Georgia Just Launched a Kids' Line (and It's Gorgeous)

Lulu & Georgia is known for curating some of the most beautiful home décor. Its stylish furniture and undeniably cool accessories leave any space looking fresh and modern. Now, they're taking their expertise to kids' rooms. The brand launched a kids' line today with pieces that rival those from its traditional collections. Find everything from cozy chairs and sofas to chic lamps and kid-friendly accessories to create a design-forward room for your little one. All of the new products are in line with the brand's colorful bohemian offerings that are always on trend.

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James Cameron Takes Us Inside His Never-Before-Seen Avatar Inspired Eco-Friendly Offices in Manhattan Beach

It’s been nearly a decade since James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar changed the cinematic landscape by using state-of-the-art, motion capture 3-D technology. As fans wait patiently for four planned follow-up sequels to the 2009 film, they’ve had to make due with an Avatar-inspired Cirque du Soleil performance piece, a traveling science exhibit, and a recently opened themed area at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The much-delayed films, at a cost of a reported $1 billion, are now expected in December 2020, 2021, 2024, and 2025.

At a studio in Manhattan Beach, California, that formerly belonged to Marvel, Cameron and his company, Lightstorm Entertainment, are working steadfastly to meet those deadlines. The space, designed by Lynda Murray, is, unsurprisingly, a nod—perhaps some might even go so far as to say a shrine—to the Na’Avi and their planet Pandora.

“We’ve joked around the office that we should change the name of the company from Lightstorm to Avatarstorm,” says Cameron's producing partner, Jon Landau, who oversaw the renovation. “We want to give people who come up to the office a sense of where we’ve been and where we’re going with the Avatar films. Without revealing any of the story, of course.”

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SEA CHANGE Venice-Based Swimwear Brand Marysia Broadens Its Horizons

Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves’ sun-kissed skin and tresses hint at a life spent shore- side, so it’s not surprising to find her behind a desk in Venice, designing the scal- loped bathing suits and diaphanous smock dresses of her line, Marysia, inside a split- level studio bathed in natural light.

Yet the path that led Dobrzanska Reeves from a childhood in Poland to a 2,000-square-foot perch just behind Abbot Kin- ney has been anything but predictable. Early ballet classes in Europe and teen years spent lifeguarding in Delaware inspired Dobrzanska Reeves—who studied at Los Angeles’ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising—to launch a neutral-hued swim collection that is delicate and pretty, yet also body conscious.

She got her start while living in Charleston, S.C.: “For swimwear, you only need one type of fabric to make a collection,” she points out. Next, a loft in New York’s Little Italy served as the line’s headquarters and home for Dobrzanska Reeves and her husband (the brand’s chief financial officer), Nathan- iel, before their second daughter’s bout with pneumonia brought the family out West in search of “clean air and the sea breeze.”

The eight-year-old company’s latest collec- tion, hanging in Dobrzanska Reeves’ Venice studio, completes Marysia’s progression from a swimwear line to a resortwear label. The offices—dreamed up with interior designer Martha Mulholland—evoke the elements of sand and surf without being literal. A rack of filmy jumpsuits covered in delicate Swiss dots have a distinctly European sensibility, and polka-dotted bathing suits nod to the leo- tards of the designer’s youth. The showroom floor’s scallop-edged woven rattan rugs from Barcelona mirror the curves of the brand’s suits. Mulholland says Dobrzanska Reeves’ keen design eye, even for office supplies, makes the workspace feel creative: “Every pin on every board has a pretty white knob.”

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This Celebrity Hairstylist's New Studio Is the Definition of Eclectic

The woman behind the covetable hair looks of Lauren Conrad, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and Lucy Hale—to name a few—just opened her new studio, and it's the definition of pinnable. Hollywood hairstylist Kristin Ess worked with High Fashion Home to transform the 1500-square-foot space of concrete, metal, and glass into a modern atelier with gorgeous details and a sleek vibe akin to her haircare line with Target. From glamorous statement furnishings to brass sculptures and quirky knickknacks to a completely Instagrammable light pink wall, the chic studio is a study in clean design with the right dose of attitude.

"I wanted to keep it simple enough to where we felt like we could still work and create without being overcrowded by 'stuff,'" Ess says of her personal directive for her new studio. "But at the same time, I would say we need lots of visual stimulation to inspire us, so I added depth and texture with smaller items and plants. The space has to be transformable because we do something different every day."

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