Tour a Home Where Nantucket Charm Meets a Los Angeles Zip Code
August 8, 2016
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Take Palos Verdes and Nantucket and smash them all together and you get this beauty. Masterminded by Rita Chan Interiors, it's equal parts classic East Coast meets modern seaside charm with really good bones at its core. And if you're like the majority of people who can only dream of a beautiful Nantucket retreat to call your own, get inspired to fake it till you make it with the full tour captured by Taryn Kent.
This house sits on a gorgeous tree lined street in the Palos Verdes Estates, in Southern California. Rita Chan Interiors was brought into the project post renovation to design the furnishings & remaining fixtures. Fortunately my client has fantastic taste and did an amazing job renovating, creating a clean & classic foundation that was easy to work with.
Growing up spending summers at her family’s beach house in Nantucket, she was most inspired by the traditional, coastal look that is the essence of Nantucket- think primarily white paint, lots of polished nickel and carrara marble and beautiful woodwork throughout. Given my affinity for clean, coastal design, we were a perfect match and she couldn’t have been more trusting or wonderful throughout the entire design process.
Despite the foundation of the home leaning more traditional, we really wanted the interiors to reflect the lifestyle and personality of this young busy family. We wanted it to feel fresh & serene, but also young and modern, and all while keeping it timeless.
You’ll notice the house has a light, airy feeling to it with a very neutral foundation and cool, soft colors… I feel more relaxed the minute I walk through the front door and I swear my client doesn’t walk, she floats, through the house!

Dining Nook

The dining nook is one of my favorite spots in the house- I love the way all the windows give it such a bright, open feeling. The table had been in the family for years but it was a dark and dated wood, so we had it re-finished and painted bright white and paired it the fog French bistro chairs by Serena & Lily. We also added the marine sconces for a coastal touch and mixed in vintage pillows, which sit on a striped fabric from Africa that I think gives the space some soul & a little more depth. Tip: we had the seat fabric laminated (a matte vinyl treatment) so there is no sweating spills or messes made by little ones!

Sources for Dining Nook: Chairs: Serena & Lily | Sconces: Rejuvenation

Family Room & Dining Room

Throughout the family room and dining room we set a crisp, clean foundation with primarily white upholstery paired with light natural woods. One of my favorite pieces is the custom tray ottoman we designed for the family room- it’s super functional but also looks amazing as the centerpiece of the room.
In the dining room, we chose a more casual, inviting look with slipcovered chairs (for easy cleaning!) and bench, to encourage people to get comfy and sit a while. Every space is really meant to bring the family together for comfortable hang out sessions and quality time.
Sources for Family Room & Dining Room: Artwork in Dining Room: Benson Cobb | Mirror in Dining Room: Made Goods | Dining Table: Sarried | Dining Room Light Fixture: Visual Comfort | Dining Chairs: Quatrine |
Living Room Occassional Chairs: Redford House | Coffee Table Ottoman in Family Room: Custom design by Rita Chan Interiors


I am obsessed with the way the office turned out! The centerpiece is this amazing reclaimed wood desk, which is the perfect anchor to give the room a sturdy sense of purpose and warmth, and I love the way it looks on the striped black & white rug- it’s classic and adds some subtle contrast which we also played up through light touches of black in the accessories.

We also created a little sitting area in the window with neutral tufted chairs, punched up with some green in the pillows and fiddle leaf fig tree… and if you could only see the amazing gold pendant light we installed after the photoshoot! Finally, I am all about re-purposing, which we were able to do with the console table that we transformed from a shabby chic antiqued wood to bright happy white that now feels hip and updated, with one-of-a-kind personality!

Sources for Office: Desk: Juxtaposition Home | Chairs: Lee Industries | Pillows: Studio Mcgee | Rug: Jaipur Living

Master Suite

The goal for the master bedroom to be a peaceful, serene retreat. Most of the pieces we selected have an organic, natural vibe but are still refined and elegant feeling, such as the woven abaca pendant, carved natural wood nightstands, woven bamboo sheers on the windows, and the reclaimed wood bench with a seat made of vintage saris.
The shelter bed upholstered in white washed linen is fresh and clean but still cozy & inviting. Again we maintained a very neutral but textured foundation and layered in touches of blue, for that classic coastal vibe. Who wouldn’t want to wake up everyday feeling like they are on a beach vacation in Nantucket?

Sources for Master: Woven Abaca Pendant: Made Goods | Nightstands: CFC | Bench: Made Goods | Headboard: Lee Industries | Bedding: John Robshaw | Lamps: School House Electric
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