Friday, May 1, 2015

Krista Ewart's Whimsical and Colorful Los Angeles Home

House Beautiful's May cover story, featuring the Pacific Palisades home of designer Krista Ewart, has me positively swooning. This charming California family home was designed with kids and commotion in mind, but you'd never guess by the look of it.

I love the way Krista combines whimsey and charm to all of her designs. Growing up in her mother's consignment store, she spent many weekends at flea markets and developed a thrill of the hunt. Combining her background in fashion design with the interior design skills she honed while working with Ruthie Sommers, Krista expertly mixes classic proportions with playful prints and color. Let's take a look inside her fabulous home!

It's always sunny in the breakfast room, thanks to Clarence House's The Vase wallpaper. Cushions in Hable Construction's Beads on the banquette and vintage chairs. Elsie lantern by Coleen & Company. 

In the living room: Vanderhurd's Flower Cut Out and Peter Dunham Textiles' Fig Leaf. Custom ottomans in China Seas' Double Cross. Armchair in Alan Campbell's Saya Gata. 

The vintage chest was updated with Lucite knobs.

The pagoda mirror hanging over the vintage Drexel desk was an estate sale find. Fireplace screen by Horchow. Symmetric Single Twist sconce by Circa Lighting. 

The dining room table was custom made. Vintage chairs are covered in a United Leather and a Pindler linen. The scrolled edge of the valance, also in a Pindler linen, echoes the top of the Dorothy Draper breakfront. Window seat cushion in Carlo II and pillows in Paradise Garden and Henriot Floral, all by Quadrille. Scalloped lantern by Coleen & Company. Walls painted in Benjamin Moore's White Dove. 

The headboard in the master bedroom is Moroccan inspired and is covered in Kashmir by Raoul Textiles. The Labradoodle lies on a cushion covered in Hable Construction's Beads. Vintage illustrations are grouped for impact above a custom bench upholstered in Carolina Irving Textiles' Patmos Stripe Reverse.  Bed linens by Matouk. Edgartown side tables by Oomph. Walls covered in Kneedler-Fauchere's Primitive Weave. 

Small-scale prints add delicacy and charm to the three-year-old's-room. Bed in Hable Construction's Checker. Walls in Sister Parish's Burmese. Shade in Raoul Textiles' Daisy Spring. 

Canopies made of natural linen and Raoul Textiles' Coverlet dress up vintage beds in the eldest daughter's room. Throw pillows in Alan Campbell's Potalla. Rug in Prestige Mills. Walls in Benjamin Moore's Sea Foam. 

A banquette runs the width of the backyard desk and can seat a crowd. The cushions are covered in pink Sunbrella fabric. Custom table surrounded by vintage bamboo Chippendale chairs. The pagoda was found at a garage sale. The rug is from Etsy. 

I could move right on in to this beautiful home, please! To see the full feature and to read an interview with the designer, Krista Ewart, including her best kid-friendly decorating tips, click here. And make sure to pick up the May 2015 issue of House Beautiful, available on newsstands now.


  1. Delightful! What a relief to see a home that hasn't been greiged to death.

  2. Love everything in this home!!!!

  3. Can you tell me where the beautiful tufted chairs in the living room came from? Absolutely love them!


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