For many of us, one of the great milestones in life is that first truly adult space we get to live in. Remember the excitement and trepidation around wanting to make all of the best choices as hand-me-down and dorm furniture is replaced with pieces that signal a new phase of life?
You want this space to reflect your personality and emerging design aesthetic. To make these important decisions, it certainly helps to have a professional guiding the process. For a young bachelor in Santa Monica, Jennifer Wallenstein of September Workshop was the perfect partner.
“My client moved in with furniture that had accompanied him through all of his post-college apartments”, says Jennifer. “Once he saw all of it in the new space, not only did he feel like the pieces had seen better days, but also that they didn’t really fit his personality anymore.
“It was important to him that we strike the right balance of sophisticated and youthful—the purchase of the home was a big milestone, but at the end of the day he’s still a young guy living in Santa Monica.
“Of equal importance was creating spaces that felt like a departure from work. He works from home so it was really key that we made sure the other areas of the house felt like places where he could disconnect from the office.”
The entry sets the tone for this home – a perfect balance of clean, modern lines and carefully curated art.
Sofa by Cisco Brothers | Toro Lounge Chairs by Blu Dot | Artwork: Sebastian Ciarcia
“My client loves to entertain, and often has a large number of people over. It was important that the living area strike a happy balance of promoting conversation during get togethers while also being comfortable for watching TV.”
Loveseat (similar): De Sede via 1stDibs
“We played around with texture and materials to keep the space from feeling too fussy or “put together” and made a couple of bold color choices.”
Boston Functional Double Arm Sconces: Circa Lighting
Custom shelving highlights this living area wall and provides the perfect location for a small cocktail bar.
People often ask me where the idea for the name September Workshop came from. I’ve always viewed the month of September as a different kind of start to the year—a time of refocused energy and new beginnings. I wanted to carry that feeling into my projects and like the idea of a Workshop being a physical place where that is created. Jennifer Wallenstein
Cord Chandelier by Brendan Revenhill | Drapery: The Shade Store | Artwork by Martin Durazo
“The dining isn’t a large space so I selected really minimal but well-designed furniture so that we could comfortably get eight people around the table.”
Strut Dining Table by Blu Dot | Chairs from Design Within Reach
“When it came to collaboration, this client was the perfect mix of involved and trusting. When things were really important to him in terms of how the space functioned, he got involved in all the minutiae. But when it came to the overall style and look of the space, he was incredibly trusting that I understood how to channel his personality through his home. It was a great dynamic!”
Art plays an important role throughout the home. In this bedroom, a soothing abstract sets the tone for a tranquil space.
Sconces: Schoolhouse Electric
Chair (similar) by Charles Pollack
Jennifer really outdid herself with her fresh yet sophisticated design of this beautiful Santa Monica condo! It’s the perfect sanctuary for this first time homeowner.