This is an updated post for 2023 since many people are researching how to make their decor less formal and more of a “classic casual home.”
When my client, Patty moved to Lido Isle, she wanted a more relaxed feel for her Newport Beach, Southern California home. Their previous home was a large Mediterranean-style home on a big lot.
She likes blues and crisp whites. Since the homes are smaller here, it’s important to use every inch. No reason to have formal rooms that are not often used since this is a more casual lifestyle.
This new design board incorporates natural fabrics like cotton and linen.
Her sofa was rarely sat on in her previous home’s formal living room (above). It was in great shape.
So, for a new look we slipcovered it in pre-washed cotton linen…it’s washable!
Pillows were made from Ralph Lauren paisley with a contrasting welt. We also purchased blue linen pillows from RH. Similar ones are available from Pottery Barn in Belgian linen.
Here are her chairs from the previous home.
They were re-upholstered in Thibaut heavy linen with a new higher back box cushion.
We put all of her accessories in one place and then I “shopped” from what she already owns. We didn’t have to buy anything to create her “classic casual home.”
In their cozy family room, we bought a slipcovered loveseat and leather club chair from Pottery Barn.
Tip: get your man a leather chair and the decorating goes smoothly. We took the heavy gold frame off the pretty painting to make it more casual.
This fancy ottoman (above) was reupholstered with a cotton damask by Ralph Lauren.
Textured Bar Stools
For their wet bar area, these two stools above were purchased from Ballard Designs.
The cute, little Ralph Lauren lamps that my client scored at Home Goods (and I found a home for here) provide nice lighting at night.
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My client decorated her outdoor table for Fall. The family seems to be settling into the relaxed Lido lifestyle.
Have a wonderful day.