California Cool | Lauren Soloff

THE NEW YORKER TURNED CALIFORNIAN WHO DEFINED MODERN LA LIVING…

The Danes have hygge; the Chinese, feng shui, and as for Californians? They have Lauren Soloff. The Los Angeles-based interior designer isn’t just a master at the art of “California Cool,” but, in large part, she created it. Before dreamcatcher-dotted spaces and potted cacti were trending, Soloff was decorating with both– for the likes of gal pals and fellow CP alum like Clare Vivier and Jenni Kayne, no less. Always organic, never contrived, Soloff’s work began popping up all over the city– from Malibu to Hancock Park– and soon, her airy, light-filled rooms represented the gold standard for “bohemian chic.” No doubt, her eye inspired the droves of “LA-living” Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds we now see every day. Take a peek at some of our favorite projects from the design doyenne below.

1. Earthy Neutrals

For a relaxed aesthetic that calms at first sight, Soloff starts off with a neutral palette of ecru walls and gradient shades of white-washed woods. She then creates subtle contrast and texture through layers of white and ivory hued woven textiles, playing with the way natural light is filtered to create an airy space.

2. Colorful Carpets

It isn’t all about neutrals for Soloff; she loves personal elements that pack a punch like bright, technicolor rugs (her favorites feature Berber motifs). Often, her clients will have trinkets and textiles from their travels that have been stashed away for years; Soloff finds the perfect place for them to add a special, sentimental touch.

3. Classic Ceramics

Soloff ditches tired, all-white dinnerware in favor of asymmetrical pottery. Whether you’re drawn to solid earth tones or varying, organic patterns, your collection will be entirely your own and isn’t that what’s most special? In her kitchen (left), Soloff mixes one-of a kind vintage finds with pieces from long-time CP favorite, Heath Ceramics. CP

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