For those who think West Coast style is the best coast style, get inspired by our favorite Modern California designs.
From Northern California’s comfortable and organic style to the boho, eclecticism of Los Angeles, everyone is coveting California design. The West Coast style has become the pinnacle of modern cool. We think these spaces nailed the laid-back vibes. Get inspired to bring that level of chill to your own home—no matter where it is.
Photos by: Sara Tramp
For her client, Kerry Vasquez balanced sunset-saturated hues with organic neutrals to create a Hollywood-friendly home.
If you’re anything like us, you think about Haley Weidenbaum’s stunning Cali home once or twice a day. The designer managed to balance color with calm, global with minimalist, and personality with a who-wouldn’t-want-that when crafting her stunning Los Angeles home.
Design by: Margo Nathanson
Photos by: Sedona Turbeville
Tour: Bright, Bohemian, and Rustic in NorCal
Wood beams and earthy accents make this Berkeley home’s feel like a grown-up treehouse—if treehouses were elegantly designed by Margo Nathanson.
Photo by: Tessa Neustadt
Tour: Contrast and Comfort for a Los Angeles Family
California might be relaxed, but it’s not afraid of black-and-whites—at least when it comes to palettes. Designer Mel Burstin channeled stark contrast and the best of Mid-Century to maximum effect in this family friendly home.
Photo by: Pablo Enriquez
Tour: The Quintessentially Chill California Casa
Not everyone home in California is a Spanish bungalow, but the signature architecture reached its covetable peak when designer Erin Kane updated this Santa Monica Canyon home now that the kids were all grown.
Photo by: Claire Esparros
Tour: An Earthy A-Frame for Down-to-Earth Comedian Jake Hurwitz
An A-frame home that gets an A-plus in chill style—thanks to sea-inspired shades and lux-yet-livable materials.
Photo by: Julia Robbs
Tour: A New Couple’s Bright and Colorful SF Apartment
San Fransico isn’t the hippie hangout of yore, but the Silicon Valley set still wants a place that gives them good vibrations. Designer Nicole Newkirk layered in tons of textures to help this living room feel like a homey hideaway from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Photo by: Chad Mellon
Tour: A California Home Gets a Major Mediterranean Overhaul
Rosa Beltran masters the mix of go-for-it-globalism in one of enviable eclectic spaces ever. (The ceiling height alone is enough to drive you mad with jealousy).
Design by: Melanie Burstin
Photo by: Tessa Neustadt
Tour: Melanie Burstin’s Secrets to Curating Your Own Style
Of course, wunderkind designer Melanie Burstin’s home is brimming with the kind of perfectly collected but cooly minimalist vibes everyone in or out of LA would want. Read the story to get her tips on how to make it work in your own home.