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‘Every Piece a Statement’: A Refined Malibu Home for a Father and Son, by LA Designer Brigette Romanek

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‘Every Piece a Statement’: A Refined Malibu Home for a Father and Son, by LA Designer Brigette Romanek

July 24, 2020

Even over email, Brigette Romanek‘s warm and winning personality comes through. The self-taught designer’s responses to our questions about her recently completed Malibu project were short and forthright, typed in all caps, and generous with exclamation points. It’s clear that the in-demand LA decorator (with an enviable client list that includes Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Demi Moore) knows what she likes and isn’t afraid to go bold.

About this project: Nicknamed “The Bu” — “I don’t know who started it, but it stands for Malibu!!!” — “it’s a house for a 40-something man, with a gorgeous little boy who runs around the property,” she shares. Which is why, perhaps, her client’s request was for a “house that was calming and serene,” she says, but not shy.

Brigette delivered just that: a Zen-like escape that’s light on furniture but powerful in impact. As she succinctly says of the project, “every piece, a statement.”

Let’s take a tour.

Photography courtesy of Romanek Design Studio.

Vintage rattan armchairs on the ipe wood porch greet guests. To the right is the dramatic blackened front door.
Above: Vintage rattan armchairs on the ipe wood porch greet guests. To the right is the dramatic blackened front door.
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Above: “[I] absolutely love the combination of neutrals and shapes we used in this room to create the ultimate relaxing sitting area,” she wrote on the @romanek.design.studio Instagram account. She sourced the hanging lounge chair, the black leather armchair, and the sculptural coffee table from various antique stores, including Blackman Cruz.
A must for a kid: a ping pong table. A must for his design-conscious dad: that it be chic. The table is by James De Wulf; the stools are vintage.
Above: A must for a kid: a ping pong table. A must for his design-conscious dad: that it be chic. The table is by James De Wulf; the stools are vintage.
The first floor is one open room and includes the kitchen. Above the island are two brass Lune Flush Mount lights by Atelier de Troupe.
Above: The first floor is one open room and includes the kitchen. Above the island are two brass Lune Flush Mount lights by Atelier de Troupe.
A pendant light from Hollywood at Home hovers over the vintage dining set. Behind it is a simple (but not in the least basic) staircase.
Above: A pendant light from Hollywood at Home hovers over the vintage dining set. Behind it is a simple (but not in the least basic) staircase.
Brigette tells us the blackened wood staircase was inspired by the Japanese tradition of shou sugi ban, in which wood siding is charred.
Above: Brigette tells us the blackened wood staircase was inspired by the Japanese tradition of shou sugi ban, in which wood siding is charred.
The lofted primary bedroom is now enclosed in glass, with dramatic sloped oak ceilings. The armchairs are vintage from Brazil; the ottoman is from Consort Home; and the bed is custom. The Braithwell Chandelier, made of recycled glass, floats above.
Above: The lofted primary bedroom is now enclosed in glass, with dramatic sloped oak ceilings. The armchairs are vintage from Brazil; the ottoman is from Consort Home; and the bed is custom. The Braithwell Chandelier, made of recycled glass, floats above.
The dressing area, lined with oak closets, leads to a deck.
Above: The dressing area, lined with oak closets, leads to a deck.
A second-floor bathroom lined with green zellige tiles.
Above: A second-floor bathroom lined with green zellige tiles.
The climate-appropriate garden was designed by Eric Brandon Gomez.
Above: The climate-appropriate garden was designed by Eric Brandon Gomez.

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