House hunting can be a daunting task. When you are a talented designer with a very specific vision which includes no flat ceilings, great flow and space for living and working, it increases the challenge to “needle in a haystack” magnitude.
“We wanted a home that was bright and clean with a modern yet comfortable aesthetic. After many, many house tours, and many unsuccessful offers, we finally stumbled upon our home in North Hollywood”, explains Mollie Ranize, Founder and Lead Designer of DMAR Interiors.
New construction with a modern vibe, open floor plan and vaulted ceilings, the 3 bedroom, 3 bath home had one more must-have – space for Mollie’s design studio.
“The moment we saw this house, I knew we could build out the perfect design studio that was both functional and creatively stimulating”, says Mollie. “My brain started racing and I was really excited about the idea of a quiet, organized work environment.”
With a hectic life and thriving design business, Mollie wanted the home to be soothing and relaxing – “someplace you can walk in and take a deep breath”.
Similar horizontal lite door
A modern, stand-out door, courtyard-like feel and drought tolerant plants, makes the home’s street appeal off the charts! Lucky for Mollie the front door came with the house.
Mollie chose a low credenza and bench highlighted with art to distinguish the entry space from the open floor plan living space.
“I think one of my favorite things in the house is amount of natural light that washes the space all day long.”
“The house was beautiful when we moved in, but because it was new construction it had no soul. I’ve been working on adding that soul with collected pieces that bring their own sense of history. Whether it’s a vintage crab-shaped ash tray, the pair of slipper chairs reupholstered in a fresh clean linen, I am always on the lookout for special pieces that will enhance the space.”
“As funny as it may sound, my modern sanctuary is our home bar. It’s full of big memories and small treasures. There’s a bottle of wine from our wedding, a bottle of bourbon (my husband’s favorite) that our realtor gave us when we closed on our house, a sampling of port that we picked up on a trip to Porto, Portugal, even the empty bottle of champagne that we drank the night we got engaged. It’s also the perfect place for fresh flowers and various vintage finds we have collected through the years like our brass duck head and anchor bottle opener. It seems like every time we have friends or family over to the house the bar plays a leading role. Every time I open it up a flood of great memories wash out. I can’t wait to see what memory goes in there next!”
“I love the way that our combined furniture pieces and collected items all complement each other. It feels like they were put on earth to end up in this house. Every room now feels comforting and serene, but there are hidden treasures that speak subtle stories everywhere you look. It really feels like home, and we want our guests to feel just as comfortable. After 8 months of adding personal touches, I would say it has a pretty rich soul.”
Dining Room Chairs: Barclay Arm Chairs by EdgeMod
The moody art, Dark Wave by Shepard Fairey, was an inspiration for the home’s overall aesthetic. Paired with an industrial table and bold rug, the end result is a striking, balanced dining space.
In soothing tones of gray and white, the master bedroom is a relaxing retreat.
Mollie’s distinct vision is carried into her design studio located at the back of the house. The modern building complements the main home and provides a feeling of separation for work and play.
“I’m big on organization. I knew I wanted someplace that gave us room to be creative but at the same time it couldn’t be overdone. I left the concrete floors raw to signal that this is a space to be creative and do work. It’s not too precious.”
“My prized possession is the custom desk that a friend at eb design made out of a huge live edge piece of white oak. I notice its beauty every day.”
The custom built-in is a perfect example of form meeting function. “I designed it with bleached white oak and interlaced steel accents and it looks really luxurious. The goal of adding elegant pieces was to provide a juxtaposition to the more industrial floors and clean, understated white storage you see elsewhere in the office.”
Mollie’s use of clean lines, carefully chosen art and unique touches bring character to new construction giving it a timeless feeling and creating the perfect home and studio.