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Family-Friendly Condo full of Bold Accents

I’m convinced that Poppy and Spencer are the luckiest kids on the planet. One look at their crazy cool rooms designed by mom, Shannon Wollack of LIFE.STYLE., and you’ll be on that “definitely lucky” bandwagon. It’s a place where bold accents and loads of artwork commingle and where grown-ups and kids can both be inspired. Have a look at the family images captured by Scott Clark Photography and the home tour captured by Diana Relth and tell me you don’t want to move right into Poppy’s fuchsia digs.

When you’re a successful interior designer living in LA, the pressure is on to create a truly envy-inducing home for yourself. But, with two children under the age of five, LIFE.STYLE. LA founder Shannon Wollack had to get creative in order to make her family’s 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom loft-style condominium in Brentwood sophisticated and filled with bold accents, but also comfy for kiddos. 

The first goal: make the furniture as childproof as possible by using special fabrics and materials. The second goal: incorporate a statement piece of art since the space boasts high ceilings and many white walls.

Shannon and her husband, comedian Brad Wollack, commissioned artist Tia Zoldan to create two oversized pieces of art that set the tone for the living room. Other custom pieces include a navy couch upholstered with Robert Allen fabric strong enough to stand up to stains, spills, and children, and a custom credenza with Liz’s Antiques Hardware. The living room also contains rounded coffee tables (child-safe), vintage chairs, a patchwork cowhide rug from Sunland, and a photo gallery at the entry.

In the master bedroom, Shannon wanted to keep the colors and tones less bold and more soothing. Because of the high ceiling, Shannon designed the headboard to be higher than average, and added layers of sheers and drapes to add softness. The bedding, also made up of layers of textures (silk, fur, etc.) helps to add softness to the room, and the slight sheen of the wallpaper almost seems as if it glows. The bench is an older piece that Shannon and her team recovered.

The nurseries (Spencer’s, age 3​, and Poppy’s, 6 months) each have their own distinct feel and personality. Spencer’s room is cool and colorful, grounded by the use of black and white elements and pops of color throughout. The goal for this room was to balance a unique, timeless and contemporary feeling with a touch of funk! The blue Egg Chair brings in that traditional blue “boy” color. The room was designed around an Alexander Calder lithograph from Brad’s parents; it set the tone for the entire nursery.

Conversely, when Shannon found out she was having a girl, the first thing Brad told her about the nursery was “no pink.” Shannon agreed…and then wallpapered the room fuchsia with gold accents. Poppy’s “glam-rock un-nursery” mixes sophisticated ​elements and cheerful children’s ​prints with unique accessories that are still relatable to children. 

Shannon and her team spiced up traditional pieces with decorative hardware to create a great vibe of bold sophistication. The hot pink is still feminine, but sets a different tone than pastel or baby pink.

The chairs are comfy enough for a nursery but can grow with Poppy and can be used in another “adult” location down the road. The light fixture is a vintage Murano chandelier and the neon “Poppy” sign was a unique way to add a different type of artwork. The Slim Aarons prints were taken from LIFE.STYLE.’s old offices, and Poppy’s library was a more unique take, rather than using traditional children’s books.

Artwork In Living Room: Tia Zoldan | Bench In Master Bedroom Upholstery: Maharam | Changing Table Hardware: Nest | Family Photos: Scott Clark Photography | Floor Lamps In Spencer's Nursery: Jonathan Adler | Giraffe In Spencer's Nursery: Jonathan Adler | Gold Paint In Poppy's Nursery: Modern Masters | Interior Design: LIFE.STYLE. | Letter Pillow In Spencer's Nursery: Jonathan Adler | Living Room Rug: Sunland | Luggage In Spencer's Nursery: Globe Trotter | Master Bedroom Lamps: Lamps Plus | Master Bedroom Wallpaper: Schumacher | Neon "Poppy" Sign: Endeavour Neon Signs | Nightstand Hardware: Liz's Antique Hardware | Orange Throw In Spencer's Room: Jonathan Adler | Pencil Holder In Spencer's Nursery: Plantation Home | Photography: Poppy's Room: Diana Relth | Pillows In Master Bedroom: Calypso | Pillows On Spencer's Nursery Chair: Maison De Vacances | Pillows On Spencer's Nursery Chair: Calypso | Poppy's Crib: Target | Poppy's Nursery Lamp: Jonathan Adler | Poppy's Nursery Pouf: Calypso | Poppy's Nursery Rug: West Elm | Poppy's Nursery Side Table: Arteriors | Poppy's Nursery Wallcovering: Phillip Jeffries | Pouf In Spencer's Nursery: Calypso Home | Race Cars In Spencer's Nursery: J. Crew | Rocking Polar Bear In Spencer's Nursery: All Modern | Sofa Upholstery: Robert Allen Fabrics | Spencer's Crib: Baby Letto | Spencer's Crib Bumper Fabric: Studio Bon Textiles | Spencer's Dresser Hardware: Liz's Antique Hardware | Spencer's Dresser/changing Table: Designed By Lee Kleinhelter | Spencer's Nursery Egg Chair: Regency Shop | Spencer's Nursery Egg Chair Fabric: Perennials | Spencer's Room Pendant Light: Design Within Reach | Spencer's Room Wallcovering: Osborne & Little | Tray: Barneys | Yellow Throw In Spencer's Nursery: J. Crew | Zebra In Spencer's Nursery: Serena And Lily | Zebra Rug In Spencer's Nursery: Calypso

DIY Snowy Gift Wrap

Wrapping gift after gift can get a little boring. But when you throw a bit of fake snow into the mix, ummm, totally NOT boring! Fancy up your package with a bit of holiday snow and you will most definitely be gifted with a few smiles and probably a laugh or two in return. See this project and so much more in our Holiday Mag out now!

MaterialsPatterned gift wrap (we used this paper, this paper, and this paper)
Scissors
Double stick tape
Spray adhesive
Faux snow
White ribbon
Large cardboard box

instructions

step-1Wrap each present. Need help getting a perfectly crisp look? Check out our tutorial on wrapping.

step-2Use the large cardboard box as the workspace, it will keep the spray adhesive from landing everywhere and keep the faux snow contained. Place the present inside the box on it’s side, with a sheet of newspaper over the top 75% of the present. Lightly spray the adhesive from about 8-10” away.

step-3Sprinkle faux snow over the present until adhesive is covered, then shake off the excess. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until all sides of the box are covered.

step-4Tie present with white ribbon, or tie a stack of presents with a ribbon.

Photography: SMP Living | Design & Styling: SMP Living

How-To: French Twist Ponytail

I’m on a constant mission to find ways to manage my (unruly) mane, so when I stumble on hair tutorials that are not only drop dead gorgeous but also totally doable, I make sure to pay attention. Whipped up by the master of all things beauty, BE.NYLA, and captured by Betsi Ewing Studio, you’ll want to tuck away this french twist ponytail so you can turn around your next bad hair day.

step-1

Tease the crown lightly, grab sections around the crown and tease again lightly, and gently brush everything back-going over the pouf.

step-2
Gather all the hair together into a ponytail. Twist hair and pin until secure.

step-3
With an elastic band tie the ponytail. This ensures that it does not go loose. Spray a light hairspray on ends and lightly tease the ponytail with your fingers.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio | Hair + Make Up: BE.NYLA | Model: Angela Lanter

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