This & That

Hermosa Beach designer Kate Lester styles one mantle, two ways.

Photographed by Lauren Pressey


Casual and Collected   

While we were styling this scheme, we joked that Indiana Jones’ super-chic daughter would live here. The feel is casual but deliberate, with every element having a backstory. The photography over the mantle is a slightly moody and unique reference to the coast, while the vintage rug and pillows ground the look and add an elevated touch. The fabrics and patterns play off each other without anything feeling too decorated. The driving force here is layering. Adding texture, colors and patterns bring an effortless, collected vibe to the space.


Art, One Kings Lane. Window shades, Designer’s Resource in El Segundo. Chairs, Crate and Barrel in Torrance. Vintage rug, Homestead. Seattle custom pillows on chairs, Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach. Window seat cushions and custom pillows, Kate Lester Interiors.




Coastal Chic   

Sure to be a reader favorite, we brought in blues, whites and tans to keep the look bright and fresh for this scheme. The stars of this space are the two custom-designed roman shades and the oversized porthole-inspired mirror. The large mirror anchors the fireplace and brings in a darker color for depth and interest. The linen cushions and natural fiber rug add texture, and the vintage camel-colored leather ottomans are an unexpected addition of color. The goal here was to make the space coastal without anything feeling too kitschy, and the end result was a chic and sophisticated seaside retreat.


Mirror, Pottery Barn in Manhattan Beach. Window shades with fabric by Raoul Textiles, Designer’s Resource in El Segundo. Vintage ottomans, framed sea fan, window seat cushions and custom pillows, Kate Lester Interiors. Bronze tray, Crate and Barrel in Torrance. Rug, West Elm in Santa Monica.