A Moroccan-Inspired Home in Los Angeles

Modern Meets Global in this Sophisticated Design by Betsy Burnham

A Moroccan-Inspired Home in Los Angeles | Interior Design by Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design | Photography by Sarah Dorio | Modern Sanctuary | Dining Room | Global Dining Room | Lighting | Global Lighting | Fireplace
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Sarah Dorio
01/11/2017

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.

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Sarah Dorio

To signal the modern and global design throughout the home, inlaid tile is used in the entryway rather than a traditional carpet runner.

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Sarah Dorio

The dining room, located to the left of the entry, is a masterful mix of color and pattern.

Chandelier:  Dennis and Leen

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Sarah Dorio

 Sconces: Bagués | Antique Mirror: Windsor Smith

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Sarah Dorio

The backdrop of the home is modern with long views, neutral tile floors and white walls.

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The hand painted ceiling and ornate light fixture are standout features in the living room.

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Sarah Dorio

 “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.”

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“In bathrooms, you can break the rules”, says Betsy. Unique mismatch tiles and a stylized vanity are bold choices for this small powder room.

Wall Tile: Ann Sacks | Sconces: Paul Ferrante | Mirror: Bunny Williams Home | Sink: Viya for Stephanie Odegard

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Sarah Dorio

Another way Betsy blends modern and global? She used typical Moroccan-style tile, but limited the number of colors and patterns.

Tiles: Country Floors

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Sarah Dorio

 In this guest room, a vintage wedding quilt serves as a colorful headboard and a vibrant accent. 

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With its comfortable seating and spectacular view, the master bedroom is a calm retreat.

Bed: Posse Furniture | Lamps: Downtown

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 Rug: Rugs and Art

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Seating: Kingsley-Bates

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“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.

Meet the designer Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design
Bio:

Betsy Burnham marries the classic with the unexpected in fresh compositions of texture, color, pattern and wit to create distinguished interiors that simultaneously showcase the designer’s clear aesthetic vision and her client’s own personal taste.  Bringing a traditional east coast pedigree, a savvy eye for color and an adventurous sense of style, Betsy curates interiors that are sophisticated, livable, timeless, and always personalized to her clients and their lives.

Betsy and her work have been featured extensively in the media, including appearances on the Today Show and coverage in The New York Times, House Beautiful, Los Angeles Times and InStyle among others.

A native of Connecticut, Betsy graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and began her career in the New York fashion industry.  She relocated to Los Angeles in 1989 where she channeled her talents in fashion and interiors to launch her eponymous design firm.  Betsy lives in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with her husband Mark Stern, daughter Carson, son Will, and three dogs.

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