Inspired by...La La Land

So I finally watched La La Land!  This is my life...watching Oscar nominated a year late.  I had heard rumblings that it was overhyped but I really liked it.  I mean...it's a musical and stars Ryan Gosling - what's not to love!?

But my favorite part were the colors!  They were insanely gorgeous- so many beautiful jewel tones and primary colors throughout.  From the fashion to the furniture to the landscape. This article from the LA Times is fascinating, explaining the techniques used to get such vibrant, technicolor-esque color.  And I loved the LA vintage vibes shown through the houses, decor, and even the opening scene with all the cars. I started thinking about what a home or room might look like if it were designed around the movie. Here are a few that I think fit the bill.

A pop of yellow says "welcome - now let's have some fun" at this Palm Springs home.

A red door plus a classic Slim Aarons photograph make this one happy entryway.  Side note - make sure to check out the before and afters of this project here. Incredible!

Image via  Contemporist

Image via Contemporist

More subdued in color.  I picture a more mature Sebastian and Mia living here after they "made it"....sigh.

Image via  Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

I mean BAM.  Talk about color.  This reminds me of a less feminine version of Mia and her friend's apartment.

Image via  One KIndesign

Image via One KIndesign

If you haven't seen the movie, do it. For the color alone it's worth it (and obviously Ryan Gosling too) - Enjoy!

So Cal Cool

I was paging through the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living when I came across a spread featuring the coolest Southern California home.  I keep coming back to it because it's so hip and minimal, but feels comfortable and warm as well.  The owners are clearly cool too - the husband is a musician and the wife is a trend forecaster...whatever that means!  She described the home as "family-friendly, bohemian, and not too precious, but with a definite edge."  I think she hit the nail on the head.  And after days of swooning over it, I realized that Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors was the designer - now wonder I love it!  Here are some pics I took with my iPhone (unfortunately I can't find the images online to repost).  And here is a link to the project within Amber Lewis' portfolio.  The images are just as beautiful there, but I always love seeing how a home is really lived in, per the showcase in MSL.  Enjoy!

This is the photo in the opening spread.  The vintage leather chairs bring that edginess to the room while the sofas and pillows are more bohemian.  I love the rug too!   Compare this to the photo in  Amber's portfolio here  and you'll see how different a room can feel just by showing it more "lived in".

This is the photo in the opening spread.  The vintage leather chairs bring that edginess to the room while the sofas and pillows are more bohemian.  I love the rug too!   Compare this to the photo in Amber's portfolio here and you'll see how different a room can feel just by showing it more "lived in".

I love the casualness of this custom sofa in a linen that looks like a denim.  A layered rug look is always a great way to add texture to a room.

I love the casualness of this custom sofa in a linen that looks like a denim.  A layered rug look is always a great way to add texture to a room.

Framing a cool poster is a great way to add art to a room, especially if it's meaningful to the homeowner.  That being said, there's still no way I'm framing my husband's old beat up Red Sox posters in our living room ;)

Framing a cool poster is a great way to add art to a room, especially if it's meaningful to the homeowner.  That being said, there's still no way I'm framing my husband's old beat up Red Sox posters in our living room ;)

A few more photos of the gorgeous kitchen, the dining area, and another framed vintage poster.

A few more photos of the gorgeous kitchen, the dining area, and another framed vintage poster.

The daughter's room is pretty in pink, but feels sophisticated and like a room they can grow into.

The daughter's room is pretty in pink, but feels sophisticated and like a room they can grow into.

Photographs by Abby Ross

Text by Catherine Hong

Design by Amber Lewis