Where do you find ideas for your home? For one couple, inspiration came from A-lister Reese Witherspoon's living room in her former home in Ojai, California.
Celeb interior designer Kathryn Ireland decorated the actress' ranch, which was featured in magazine spreads in "House Beautiful" and "Elle Decor." Orlando Soria, an interior designer and West Coast creative director for Homepolish, wanted to give the clients the same feeling of Witherspoon's Spanish Revival-style home, but in a way that would work for their two small children.
"I wanted the space to feel sophisticated and grand while being approachable and cozy," Soria explained.
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Witherspoon’s former home in Ojai, California, was designed by Kathryn Ireland.
The biggest challenge of the space was finding a statement piece of art for the clients. “They love art and have serious opinions about it,” said Soria. “They weren’t ready to just buy something to fit the space.”
His response? A do-it-yourself tactic.
Soria found a vintage landscape and painted over half of it, creating a semi-abstract piece that would work as a filler until the clients could find their own perfect art.
Unexpectedly, the piece grew on them and they ended up keeping the artwork. “It’s become a conversation piece,” said Soria. “They don’t want to get rid of it.”
An ottoman gets new life when covered by emerald green velvet.
The room is grand in scale, with a stunning Spanish-style fireplace, but Soria says the most commented piece is the green velvet ottoman. He found the original at a thrift shop and had it reupholstered.
“It’s important to mix distinctive pieces like [the ottoman] with others that are a bit more classic and traditional so the space is grounded, while having character,” he explained.