Homepolish superstar Haley Weidenbaum and her husband Adam have traveled the world over, so when it came to designing their 1920s LA home, they pulled inspiration from their favorite destinations.
Photos by Tessa Neustadt.
How do you create a personal interior design aesthetic that will keep you happy? Many people care deeply about interior design, yet they haven’t the faintest clue how to even begin answering that question. That’s usually where I come in. As an interior designer, I’ve spent years helping people find their dream homes. But this design experience comes with a price. I’ve developed an appreciation for so many different styles along the way that finding my own proved a vexing task.
Much like my clients, when my husband Adam Weidenbaum, and I moved into our new home last year, we struggled to identify a singular design voice in the echoing halls of this empty space. Adam is a graphic designer, and like me, he’s constantly taking in visual inspiration. So here we were, two “supposed” creatives without a clue what we wanted. But we did not despair. We found our singular design voice by listening to each other, sharing ideas, making mistakes, and buying and returning an inordinate number of items. The process, painstaking as it was, resulted in a home we cherish and scarcely desire to leave.
Growing up, I was fortunate enough to travel to some pretty exotic places. Though he would admit his destination list seems rather pedestrian relative to mine, my husband also did a fair share of globetrotting. This instilled in us a sense of adventure that we never wanted to lose as we hunkered down and prepared ourselves for raising a family. We both came to the realization early on that we wanted our home to remind us of a California boutique hotel with elements and influences woven throughout from places around the world we’d visited. This way, coming home would always feel like a getaway to both of us. Comfort was paramount but every piece, every material, every pattern, and every color was meticulously and purposefully chosen.
First, the communal spaces. I tend to design these with the idea of what will be most functional for dinner parties or gatherings. Despite its Spanish bungalow coziness, our home was renovated to include a open floor plan. To tie all these spaces together, I thread through common design elements to make the space cohesive. I was very meticulous when tying together textures, colors, and fabrics in each room, which unified the communal spaces and enhanced the boutique hotel vibe of our home. Add to that an eclectic mix of DIY projects and vintage and contemporary pieces from a variety of vendors. In a way, our style arrived organically.