How do you create a global design of multiple patterns and strong colors without having it feel overwhelming or trendy? According to designer Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design, you focus on a careful mix of vintage and modern furnishings and start with a neutral background.
Says Betsy: “My clients owned a house on this lot for 30-something years – they raised their kids here. After shopping for houses all around LA, they decided they loved their lot, their views, and their neighborhood enough to stay, knock down the existing house, and build their dream house.”
“I was part of a team that included a top notch architect and builder, and the clients were very involved in the process, as well. Their direction to me with the interiors was ‘modern meets Moroccan/global’, and you can see this thread running throughout the design.”
Rugs are an important part of the couple’s Armenian and Romanian cultures, so they were chosen first and set the color palette and tone for each room. Rather than selecting typical Persian rugs, Betsy and the clients chose more muted, faded rugs that although colorful, act as neutrals and ground each room. Betsy then layered strong contemporary furnishings, whimsical lighting and carefully curated Moroccan accents to create beautifully polished spaces.
To signal the modern and global design throughout the home, inlaid tile is used in the entryway rather than a traditional carpet runner.
The dining room, located to the left of the entry, is a masterful mix of color and pattern.
Chandelier: Dennis and Leen
The backdrop of the home is modern with long views, neutral tile floors and white walls.
The hand painted ceiling and ornate light fixture are standout features in the living room.
“I wanted the house to have an air of luxury – but not in an expected way: we used linen, not silk, and vintage pieces mixed with high end reproductions.”
“In bathrooms, you can break the rules”, says Betsy. Unique mismatch tiles and a stylized vanity are bold choices for this small powder room.
Another way Betsy blends modern and global? She used typical Moroccan-style tile, but limited the number of colors and patterns.
Tiles: Country Floors
In this guest room, a vintage wedding quilt serves as a colorful headboard and a vibrant accent.
With its comfortable seating and spectacular view, the master bedroom is a calm retreat.
Rug: Rugs and Art
“Steel doors and windows + stark white limestone flooring and spare furnishings = modern; while mosaic tile, offbeat light fixtures, and splashes of bold color = Moroccan/global.”
In this home, Betsy has seamlessly integrated, old and new with neutral and bold colors to create stunning yet comfortable spaces.