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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The Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar and Hensely Designer Neha Kapur Invite AD Inside Their Los Angeles Hacienda

When The Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar moved into a Nichols Canyon compound with his wife, Neha Kapur Nayyar, in late 2011, he was overwhelmed by the idea of decorating a 5,000-square-foot hacienda surrounded by jungle—or as close to jungle as one gets in Los Angeles. Just one month before moving in, the couple was married in an appropriately elaborate seven-day ceremony in India. For a city boy leaving his Hollywood bachelor pad to cohabit for the first time with his new bride (Neha, who was relocating from New Delhi), this was new and rather frightening territory. An anxious Kunal wondered, “What will we do with this space?” Fortunately, he says, “Neha being very cultured and having a very good eye, she saw this vision of the place.”

The previously long-distance couple had spent nearly a year seeing properties of all styles before being struck by the 1948 Spanish hacienda. Neha—a former Miss India and the designer behind luxury fashion line Hensely, which launched last fall exclusively on Moda Operandi—saw past the home's Baroque fountains. The façade's unique shade of pink drew her in, as did the property’s somewhat triangular shape. “In India there’s this thing called gou-mukh. It’s very auspicious if the house opens into the back like a triangle—it’s very good in Indian culture,” Neha explains. “You walked in and just felt you were in this sanctuary.”

The couple entertains weekly and has an open-door policy, quite literally. There’s a breeze blowing through the house at all times. Plus, “you don’t know who is going to show up at what time and want to eat or drink something,” says Kunal, who has played astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory since 2007 (the 11th season will premiere on September 25).

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Louise Roe Takes AD Inside Her Crisp and Clean Hollywood Hills Home

Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Louise Roe, who has made a career as a stylist, television host, and writer, would base her decision to leave her “fab” townhouse just off of Melrose Place in Los Angeles in the name of fashion. “I’m going to blame my closet, really,” laughs Roe, who now lives in a three-bedroom house in the Hollywood Hills with her husband, director Mackenzie Hunkin. “We didn’t have space for all my shoes and bags. Fashion is my job, so it’s purely for professional reasons!”

But finding a new house wasn’t as simple as looking for listings with walk-in closets and calling it a day. For one thing, Roe or Hunkin aren't fans of the modern homes that make up a considerable portion of the city’s real estate. “We wanted something with character,” she says, citing her English upbringing. After a year of searching—all while planning a wedding across the pond—they finally found the right house the day they returned from their honeymoon in Italy. “I just knew immediately, even just from the photos online and before we'd seen it, that it was the one,” says Roe.

Built in 1935, the three-bedroom Hollywood Hills house had the sense of history and tradition the couple craved. As a bonus, it offered a gorgeous outdoor area that would be perfect for entertaining and a perfect backdrop for shoots for Roe’s blog, Front Roe, as well as her popular Instagram feed. “It's got a very mature garden, which in Los Angeles you don't often find,” she says. “The houses we were looking at, they threw a few cactus into the front and called that a garden, but this one's got great flowers and fruit trees and a lovely little pathway up to the front.”

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