Take a home with mid-century roots, infuse it with eclectic decor and a healthy dose of gold and glam and you get this pretty number designed by Amber Sokolowski of Soko Interior Design. Plus, it speaks to the philosophy that there is nothing a great can of white paint can’t cure. Take the full tour captured by Amy Bartlam with even more in the vault.
My husband and I recently moved into this space, and we decide to take on a small renovation. It’s my own home, so I wanted to take some risks and I wanted it to be a little fun. As a relatively new designer I wanted to take the opportunity to design something that reflected my personal design aesthetic which is midcentury, eclectic, and can be a little glam too. The space had good bones, but it was dated. The vaulted ceiling and open floor plan were a great start, so from there we just needed a fresh coat of white paint, new tile, lighting, and furniture.
The first thing I chose was the cement fireplace tile. The original fireplace was dated and unremarkable – you almost didn’t notice it! As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it to be something special. I chose the cement tile surround and had a custom wood beam made for the mantle.
Next I focused on the lighting. I always focus on lighting as one of the first design elements and I always want to make a statement. A great light fixture can transform a room. I wanted to bring attention to the height and grand scale of the room which is why I added the large Darlana lantern and a large piece of artwork to draw the eye up.
The space is so open, and with the vaulted ceiling and all white walls, it took a while to make it feel complete. The addition of the artwork and accessories like plants really helped to round out my vision. In the kitchen, we didn’t have the budget for new cabinets, so we simply painted them a fresh coat of white and added new hardware and Rejuvenation light fixtures.
For the living room, we had existing sofas that we just didn’t have the budget to replace, but we loved the color so I added a few African textiles and pillows to lighten the look and keep it fun. We also used an existing architectural print we had in storage of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for the Tokyo Hotel. I really wanted the space to be bright and fun – which I think is well represented by the large Kristi Kohut Hapi Art prints in the hallway.
Originally I had ordered one for the dining room, but it just didn’t look as I had imagined it, so I moved it to the hallway and loved it so much that I needed to order a second piece! Overall we are really happy with the statement pieces we have invested in but also the compromises we have made and areas we have been able to save and maintain our budget.