Scandinavian Meets California Eclectic In This Venice Beach Home
If we were lucky enough to have a Venice Beach home on our hands, well, we'd be lucky enough. But we'd then ensure the inside of the home reflected its easy breezy surroundings. That’s exactly how design team, Thea Home, Inc. , approached this coastal house that has defined minimalist chic.
Thea Segal, a mother who began her career in furniture design, and her daughter, Dorianne Passman, a chef turned interior designer, have taken their relationship to a professional level as a powerhouse design team known as Thea Home, Inc .
Though most of us can’t imagine working with our family, these two play the dynamic to their advantage. They characterize their working relationship as having the ultimate shorthand. “We definitely argue about design, but that pushes our projects to be extremely thought out, and ultimately what we are both very proud of,” Passman explains. Two creative brains are absolutely better than one, and these ladies have ensured disagreements only elevate their style.
The two have a similar sense of style, each with their own take on the aesthetic that’s focused on practicality and functionality. “We gravitate towards neutrals, clean lines, and simplicity, while maintaining warmth and balance,” Passman tells us. This relaxing Venice abode is a complete realization of that mantra.
The duo describes their style as Scandinavian with a California eclectic flair, which is easily recognized in this beach home they designed for their client. The home boasts an airy space with light furnishings and decor, characteristic of the classic Scandinavian style.
The best part about the project? “The client has an affinity for neutrals and minimalism the way we do, so working together was a dream,” Passman explains. “The main directive for this space was to be minimal but still keep the space earthy and warm.” The duo achieved this look by incorporating warm woods, leathers, and plenty of impressive textiles, and it’s clear every detail was intentional.
"This house has an amazing cross breeze running through it” Passman tells us in regards to the layout of the space, “ I wanted to keep the furniture flow through the house open, light and breezy.”
They even extended that effortless sophisticated look outside to the back patio with neutral, chic furniture that left us begging to trade in our cars for beach cruisers and move to Venice Beach.
We asked Passman for a few quick tips for those of us styling our own spaces. Here’s what the designer had to say.
best styling + design advicE?
If you have a fire place mantel it’s best to place objects on one side. Symmetry isn’t always best. That, and less is more.
favorite color palette?
Neutrals. Is that an option? Always neutrals.
Failproof black + white paint colors?