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A Youthful & Bright Pasadena Home

A Youthful & Bright Pasadena Home

A Youthful & Bright Pasadena Home

Who

Veronica and Matt Tam, software engineers

When a couple moved into their very first home in Pasadena, it was time to get on board with Homepolish's Kristen Montero for a space that would reflect their energetic and colorful personalities.

Photos by Tessa Neustadt.

Moving into your very first home is perhaps one of the happiest moments of adulthood. You’re met by a mix of pride (“Look at me being all grown-up!”) and accomplishment (as if it were by some fluke that you’ve landed here). But those moments of exhilaration are soon balanced out with a slight dread. What happens if there’s a plumbing problem? Wait, I don’t have a magical landlord anymore? How do I decorate all of this giant space?

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Luckily, for Veronica and Matt Tam, two software engineers in Pasadena, they sidestepped the worry of decorating by working with Homepolish designer Kristen Montero. She came on board with the couple as soon as they purchased the space, and they had virtually nothing. Just a home with a stunning, white box foundation. Initially talking with Kristen, they knew they wanted a touch of glam, but they didn’t want it to feel dated or tired. That youthful and eclectic vibe still had to shine through, even if they were homeowners.

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What came together is a mix of new and old, vintage finds mixed with custom pieces. In the living room, a classic Chesterfield sofa and brass coffee table are balanced by a tribal print blue rug and indigo armchair. In the bedroom, a tufted velvet headboard plays against white linens and a modern pendant light. It all comes together, drenched in California sunlight. Grown up, sure. But still young at heart.

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I really wanted to create something very current for Veronica and Matt, but it also that needed to have pieces and accessories that are timeless. An element of play within the space, energetic and bright, just like their personalities.

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  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Madeleine! You have a good eye! That’s a standard lumbar pillow, BUT Kristen (our designer) went to Mood fabric and got Chanel suit fabric to make a custom cover. Talk about lap of luxury!

  • Sarah

    Where are those shelves with the cookbooks on them from? Those are amazing looking and also look very sturdy!

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      Hey Sarah! Those were Etsy finds. Hope that helps a bit!

  • Sarah

    Where are those gorgeous, sturdy shelves from with the cook books on them? I love.

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hey Sarah! Those are Etsy finds 🙂

      • Sarah

        oh, shoot! can you say what shop?!

        • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

          We don’t have it in our records 🙁

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    Hi Alexandra–glad you love it! Those are from Dekor LA. Hope you find them!

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    Hi Jennifer, that’s from Apartment 2B. Hope you find something similar!

  • Kelly

    Where did you find the white and grey bedroom rug?!

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hey Kelly! Wow, people are LOVING that rug! It’s from a site called Lulu & Georgia. Hope you find something that works with your space!

  • Willa

    Do you know where the bedroom rug or light fixture are from? Thank you!

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hi Willa! That rug is proving very popular! It’s from a site called Lulu & Georgia.

  • Sharron Levinkind

    Where did the diamond patterned rug in the bedroom come from? Please and thanks.

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hi Sharron! The bedroom rug is from Lulu & Georgia… hope you find the right fit for your space!

  • Elisabet

    Hi, where can I buy the rug from the bedroom?i love it!

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hi Elisabet! That’s from Lulu & Georgia… hope you find the right one for your space!

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hi Sarah–that was actually the clients’ prior to our work in the home. Sorry we can’t help!

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    Hey Jenny! That’s good ol’ Decorator’s White from Benjamin Moore.

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    Hey Heather, the mirror is from CB2 and the sofa is a custom piece, modeled off of a standard Restoration Hardware piece.

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    Hey Linda–the designer used good ol’ Decorator’s White from Benjamin Moore throughout!

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    Hi Jelena, the client actually picked out that plant. (which is why we took so long to respond) It was from a local LA nursery. Perhaps you can show the picture to a florist and he or she could help?

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    Hi Lisa, believe it or not, those are Pottery Barn KIDS! Turns out kids can have pretty good taste sometimes!

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    Hi there–both tables from the living room are vintage, but the designer sourced other pieces from J&M if you want to get something similar. Hope that helps!

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    Hi Chase! That’s a Wayfair piece. Hope that helps!

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    Hi Makenna–that’s from Minted. Hope that helps!

  • Katie Michels

    Where is the rug in the office space from?

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hi Katie! That’s a Lulu & Georgia rug. Hope that helps your search!