Kate Lester Interiors 

Tell us about the property.

This home is a beautiful Cape Cod-inspired, three-level stunner in Manhattan Beach Our clients actually purchased this home from builder-developer Titan & Co Inc., so when we came on board it was to add character, a curated aesthetic and a little bit of wow factor. The first step was an infusion of patterns and deeper hues like navy, eggplant and deep ebony. Reaching deep down into that color palette is a great way to add juxtaposition, depth and contrast to a space. I always say: Black is, in fact, the new black.

What were their top priorities in this space?

We all agreed that even though the home was in close proximity to the ocean, this was not a beach house. Our clients wanted to embrace the more traditional elements of the home and focus on making the it feel light and bright with color and pattern instead of everything whitewashed and overtly coastal. (Obviously I was on board with that 100%!)


Were there any elements you brought in as a nod to their life in London?

Our clients gravitated toward the way European design embraces color, and I also love color, so it was a real treat for me to be able to infuse a chic palette throughout this project. A soft blue can be seen in many places throughout the home including the main floor’s powder room, a beautiful built-in and the paneling in the hallway off the kitchen. Our clients also had a love of patterned textiles, so it was an easy sell for me when I suggested they infuse pattern in upholstery, drapery and wallcovering.


Is there one item you feel was a jumping off point for the project?

The violet light fixtures! I had seen them in an Urban Electric Company ad in a magazine, and I tore them out and tacked the image on my inspiration board. I just knew at some point I would find the perfect project for them. When I realized these clients wanted to incorporate color with a few statement pieces, I knew these would be two of them!


Are there any elements that especially made the space?

I love art and accessories. When you curate the right pieces for a project, it really elevates the whole design aesthetic. Vintage pieces mix so well with the more contemporary selections in this home, and it was a treat to curate such a well-rounded and interesting assortment of art and accents.


Project Photos by Amy Bartlam