Designer Olivia Stutz brings together the best of both coasts, establishing an airy, boho, Cali-inspired vibe in Lily Kunin’s Williamsburg apartment.
Photos by Genevieve Garruppo
The bustling, symphonic chaos of Williamsburg is a far cry from the relaxed vibe Lily Kunin grew accustomed to living in Los Angeles. But when it came to her new Brooklyn digs, the author and health coach behind the blog Clean Food Dirty City knew the two coasts could mingle harmoniously together. The multi-hyphenate enlisted the help of designer Olivia Stutz to bring the two coasts together and capture California’s signature laid-back energy.
“Olivia understood my vision right away,” Lily shares. “I had just moved back to New York City from Los Angeles, and she knew to bring some West Coast vibes into the space. I wanted to create a space that I could totally relax in.”
To create a West Coast oasis within the heart of one of New York’s most electric neighborhoods, Olivia borrowed inspiration from many hotels dotting the beaches of Malibu, as well as other sun-kissed locales around the world, like Tulum and Ibiza.
“Lily’s style can be expressed as organic modernism with a hint of California beach babe,” Olivia explains. “Think earthy tones, organic fibers and textures. Malibu and Tulum aesthetics go hand in hand with Lily’s style and love for interiors.”
To start, Olivia established a soft, clean palette of beiges, whites, and soft tans, then layered in begged-to-be-touched textures, like alpaca fur throws and hand-woven pillows.
“It’s important when you have such a simplistic and minimal vibe like mine that you incorporate textural elements to further complement the space,” Olivia says.
It was also important to Lily that her home contain non-toxic, sustainable furnishings and decor, so she and Olivia focused on sourcing vintage, organic, and reclaimed pieces for each room.
“Creating a beautiful home is amazing, and it’s equally important to me that the space is healthy and I’m purchasing responsibly,” Lily shares.
In the living room, for instance, Olivia opted for a heart-shaped reclaimed wood table and a Fair Trade jute rug, which pair perfectly with a bisque-colored Belgian linen sofa.
Olivia also invited some color into the natural-toned space, opting for two-toned denim pillows and punchy art. And because a food connoisseur would be lost without some stellar dishes, Olivia decked out her kitchen with some pieces from Year & Day that seamlessly (and stylishly) fit into Lily’s lifestyle.
“The entire space feels casual and effortless, and Year & Day products embody effortless entertaining,” Lily says. “They are everyday products that are beautiful enough to be on display. I love their low serving bowls and platters in fog, which I use display my weekly fruit hauls from the farmer’s market, and for charcuterie platters when I have guests.”
In the bedroom, she gravitated towards a more boho vibe with a vintage kilim rug, a sustainable wood bench, and hand-woven mudcloth pillows. And to give the space a final nod to Lily’s beachy roots, Olivia hung a photograph of Malibu by Lily’s boyfriend above the bed.
Because regardless of where you live, every day at home should be a day at the beach.
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