Fresh Sophistication in Santa Monica

Jennifer Wallenstein of September Workshop Helps a Young Bachelor with the Design of His First Grown-Up Home

A Beautifully Bohemian Condo In Santa Monica | Interior Design by Jennifer Wallenstein of September Workshop | Photography by Mary Costa | Living Space | Contemporary Living Space | Bohemian Living Space | Art | Modern Art | Bold Art | Blue Art | Seating | Modern Seating | Mid-Century Seating | Lighting | Modern Lighting
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Mary Costa
02/06/2018

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.”

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Mary Costa

The entry sets the tone for this home – a perfect balance of clean, modern lines and carefully curated art.

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Mary Costa
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.”

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Mary Costa
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.”

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Mary Costa
Boston Functional Double Arm Sconces: Circa Lighting

Custom shelving highlights this living area wall and provides the perfect location for a small cocktail bar.

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Mary Costa
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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

A Beautifully Bohemian Condo In Santa Monica | Interior Design by Jennifer Wallenstein of September Workshop | Photography by Mary Costa | Modern Sanctuary | Dining Space | Modern Dining Space | Contemporary Dining Space | Lighting Modern Lighting | Window Coverings | Drapes | White Drapes
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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.”

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Mary Costa
Strut Dining Table by Blu Dot | Chairs from Design Within Reach
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 “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!”

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Mary Costa

Art plays an important role throughout the home. In this bedroom, a soothing abstract sets the tone for a tranquil space.

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Mary Costa
Sconces: Schoolhouse Electric
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Chair (similar) by Charles Pollack
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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.

 

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Meet the designer Jennifer Wallenstein of September Workshop
Bio:

Jennifer Wallenstein, founder and owner of September Workshop, is a young American designer based in Los Angeles.

Jennifer is continually inspired by the natural and architectural diversity of her home state.  That, in combination with her love of travel and enthusiasm for exploration, informs her creative eye.

Equal parts right- and left-brained, Jennifer loves to create and design but sweats the details in order to hand over a space to her clients on time and on budget. While she is fluent in a wide range of styles and no two September Workshop projects are exactly the same, each design is infused with her impassioned approach to California living.

Jennifer received her degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Downtown LA and immediately went to work for some of the top firms in the city, where she was quickly promoted to lead project manager on all residential and commercial projects. Previously, she worked in strategic communications for political and cause-based media campaigns. She graduated from Boston University with a major in International Relations and a minor in Philosophy.

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