With a fresh perspective on classic design, Paulina Oldenbrook has been creating inspiring, warm and inviting interiors for over 20 years. Her attention to detail combined with her dedication to carefully listening to her clients wants and needs, allows Paulina to beautifully bring their visions to life.
You can discover Paulina’s curated selection of timeless furnishings and decor at her new storefront in Larkspur, California. Her recent collaboration with Williams Sonoma Home marks the very first time that their products are available in a designer’s studio – giving her clients access to some of her favorite items.
Paulina gives us an idea of what a day in her life looks like, chats with us about how she got her start in the world of design, shares advice on how to achieve sanctuary in our own spaces and SO much more…
How did you got started in interior design?
My real start was with a prominent model home firm in Southern California. Model homes are a fun exercise in developing discipline when it comes to décor. I had the added benefit of being very quickly promoted to Project Manager and was able to oversee all of the interior architectural design and detailing for the firm’s luxury model home clients. It was a unique and wonderful opportunity to really hone my design skills. Also, I was constantly overseeing the construction of these details, so my knowledge of the whole process is very deep. This gave me an amazing foundation to start with when I started the full-service design firm that I run today.
What does a day in the life of Paulina Oldenbrook look like?
I’m up at 5:00 AM, cup of coffee in hand, enjoying quiet time before I’m off, getting the kids to school! Then, I’m designing and managing my studio and retail shop until about 6:00 PM, when I head home to have dinner and snuggle with my kids (as long as they’ll let me… I have twelve-year-old twins!).
What is your design philosophy?
Fierce editing is essential. I also think it’s important to remember that we are here to serve our clients and guide them into the most successful articulation of their dream home.
Who influences your work?
What are some design tips you can give our readers to help them create sanctuary in their own spaces?
The concept of a sanctuary conjures up words like “retreat, oasis, and haven”. So to me, the goal is to create a space that is peaceful, calm, and beautiful, while also serving a purpose. My philosophy of fierce editing should always be present for all decisions. To create these types of spaces, we need to constantly work at removing the “visual noise” – the unnecessary items. Only choose materials, colors, and furnishings that are as high-functioning as they are beautiful. The result will be a space that truly serves you.
What is currently inspiring you in the design world?
I’m super, super inspired by a new floor that I just discovered: Charred Cypress with a navy stain from the unbelievably resourceful folks at AML Limited. I’m dying to use this!
Who are some of your favorite go-to artists & craftsmen?
I carry L’Objet accessories in my retail shop and I’m so inspired by their Founder and Creative Director, Elad Yifrach. The artistic design and quality of his products are stunning.
What is one small design change that can make a big impact?
A fresh coat of paint in a new color!
What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?
I love, love, love transformations! Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been focused on improving the quality of life for myself and everyone around me. Interior design really offers me an avenue to share my passion for beautiful transformations with clients.
It’s so incredibly satisfying to be part of a team that transforms someone’s life and home in positive and dramatic ways. I almost feel guilty about how fun it is! Paulina Oldenbrook