Warm and Beachy in Manhattan Beach

Warm and Beachy in Manhattan Beach

Warm and Beachy in Manhattan Beach




Chicago-transplant Whitney and her family enlisted Homepolish designer Chloe Poturalski to give their Cali home a coastal breath of fresh air.

Photos by Amy Bartlam.

Some people seem to have it all, and Homepolish client Whitney is one of those people. With a husband, young daughter, and fluffy cat living in an idyllic Manhattan Beach close to the sea, Whitney was living the dream—except the only piece of furniture she was really happy with was her sofa.

Whitney had recently relocated from Chicago and was having a hard time creating the sun-soaked aesthetic that makes the Golden State so desirable. She enlisted Homepolish designer Chloe Poturalski to give her home a California cool makeover.

Though the family had moved in the fall of 2016, they’d been in a rut setting down stylish roots. They needed a design plan that could accommodate to the family’s style and lifestyle—curated and effortlessly cool but able to withstand the weathering that comes with a young one and a furry friend.

To strike that balance, Chloe opted for natural materials—like a honey-hued wooden coffee table, rugged wicker storage pieces (the unique wooden fan was installed by the landlord!)—and an easy-to-care-for, ocean-inspired palette. These the tones paired perfectly with Whitney’s collection of native decorative objects collected from her travels throughout the continent of Africa.

To maintain the airy effect, the details needed to be just right. Whitney and Chloe were highly selective down to the perfect mix of pillows, not that they minded.

“My favorite part about the project was endlessly looking on Etsy for that perfect array of couch pillows,” Chloe admits. “We had so much fun playing around on Photoshop in order to come up with the combination we did.”

To keep the vibe bright and youthful, Chloe sprinkled in additional personal touches and turned to an unexpected resource– Urban Outfitters—for art that’s chic and sea-worthy.

Though Whitney had made a cross country leap, she still wanted the transition in the new style to be gradual. With Chloe’s help her experiment with Cali coastal style is enviable incredibly livable.

“I knew I wanted to achieve a less urban and more beachy aesthetic to accompany our new ocean views, but I also wanted to keep the budget low since we were renting and I wasn’t sure how long we would stay.” Whitney says. “Chloe was absolutely amazing and helped me polish and execute my vision. We clicked right away, and her expertise gave me the confidence to make decisions that would usually take months.”

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