Dreaming of a home worthy of catching an editor’s eye? Read on for tips from designer Tali Roth, who designed a cool, modern, family-friendly space for the Editorial Director of MyDomaine.
Photos by Jenna Peffley.
Editors are granted a front row seat to cutting-edge style, but even the most seasoned editors need a designer’s eye to help bring their dream digs to life.
“Even though I know what I love, and what I don’t, putting it all together isn’t necessarily my strength,” explains Sacha Strebe, Editorial Director of MyDomaine.
That’s where designer Tali Roth came in. The designer and fellow Aussie was able to nail a cool, comfortable, slightly bohemian vibe in Sacha’s Los Angeles home. Here, we share her top five tips for creating a space that would make the most discerning editors do a double take.
1. Find the Right Designer for You
To achieve the kind of place you’ll want to rush home to each day, it’s important to enlist the help of someone you fully trust. For Sacha, Homepolish immediately came to mind.
“We’ve worked closely with Homepolish for a while now and published several of their home tours, so I knew the caliber of their work was high and that I could trust the brand,” Sacha says.
Sacha had long admired Tali’s work in particular, and knew her taste was the perfect match for her family’s 350-square-foot living space. Despite their distance—Tali is based on the East Coast—they quickly established an iron-clad working relationship.
“We had a wonderful synergy and our aesthetic and goal was so in tune that nothing could stop the magic,” Sacha says. “Not even 3000 miles.”
But the secret to good synergy with your designer goes beyond admiration. It’s also important to keep an open and honest line of communication at all times.
“If [Tali] suggested a piece we were lukewarm about, we’d tell her, and vice versa,” Sacha says. “This meant we could drop it and move onto the next or keep searching for the right piece, no time wasted.”
2. Don’t Cut Corners
Having a clear plan in mind helps you keep your project on track and ensure the final space meets (and even soars above) your expectations. When working on the redesign of her living space, Sacha found that solidifying a floor plan made all the difference.
“I didn’t know how crucial it was to the process until I worked with Tali, but it really gave us a foundation to work from and we had a clear direction from the outset of where we wanted to take the design,” Sacha says.
Tali presented Sacha and her husband with four options to choose from, and they landed on one that best accommodated how they would use the space. This established plan also helped them bridge the gap while they were working on opposite coasts, giving them something to constantly map back to and creating a more seamless design process overall.
3. Be Flexible
Keeping an open mind is crucial throughout the design process. Don’t be afraid to stray (slightly or dramatically) from your original vision—you may end up with a space even better than you anticipated. Such was the case for Sacha and her husband, who were initially seeking a space that tilted more glam, based in a beige-on-beige palette.
“I suggested that we build on the existing vibe, which was a bit monochromatic, Scandi, and Mid-Century,” Tali recalls. “It’s simply a more evolved and mature version of their previous space.”
This amendment to the original plan led to a more cohesive home for Sacha and her husband in the end.
“Tali definitely helped us refine our decision-making process,” Sacha explains. “We’d often present her with what we love, and she would have a strong opinion (with kindness, always) on what she thinks would work and what wouldn’t. Having that as a foundation was critical to the entire process and keeping us all on track.”
4. Let Your Personality Shine
At the end of the day, you want to come home to place that reflects your distinctive taste, experiences, and lifestyle. Look for ways to weave in sentimental pieces alongside newer pieces. For Sacha and her family, that meant layering in objects—from crystals to candles to books—accumulated over years of travel. Sacha’s husband’s Troy is also incredibly creative, so Tali was able to incorporate some of his pieces from his art school days, which lent the space an even more personal feel.
Tali also brought in some newness by introducing Sacha and her husband to Uprise Art. They landed on large-scale graphic piece by Holly Addi, which helped tie the space together and complemented the pieces they already owned.
5. Make Your Space Livable
Style should never come at the expense of comfort. This is especially important when designing a family-friendly home, like Sacha’s, which she shares with her husband and nine-year-old son. To create a space that was both effortless and aesthetically appealing, Tali mixed in an assortment of textures and materials.
“With such a small space that had concrete floors, it was crucial that we included varying textures and surfaces to make it feel warm, cozy, and family-friendly,” Sacha says. “It had to look like a room you wanted to hang out in and chill, and that you were allowed to touch!”
And just because you’re designing with comfort in mind, doesn’t mean the result can’t look sophisticated. There are plenty of furnishing and décor options that manage to look elevated without being too precious. Tali opted for a textured rug, marble nesting coffee tables, and vintage-inspired hunting chairs that fit into this sweet spot. She also imbued the space with more warmth by adding drapes to Sacha’s previously bare windows.
“I had no idea that adding in these sheer linen drapes would change anything but the difference was astounding,” Sacha recalls. “The whole room feels cozier as a result.”
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