Bedroom at a Glance
Who lives here: Interior designer Genna Margolis; her husband, Jon; and their dog, Bear
Location: West Hollywood, California
Size: 165 square feet (15 square meters); about 15 by 11 feet
Designer: Genna Margolis Interiors
First things first — the bed. The couple wanted to get one that was theirs as a couple. “Gray is great because it’s tough but not so intensely masculine,” Genna Margolis says. The tufting adds a soft touch that rides the line between contemporary and traditional.
The artwork over the bed is a big piece (of New York City) that Margolis and husband Jon brought with them across the country. “This is street art that used to be painted on the side of a building near Cooper Square that was torn down,” Genna says. “When they decided to tear the building down, they made a limited run of 150 prints; we waited online to make sure we got one the day they were released.”
Art: The Morning After — NYC by Nick Walker; bed: One Kings Lane
Because they’re renters, new lighting couldn’t be hard-wired, so Genna found plug-in sconces that have an industrial-meets-Art Deco L.A. look. “We tried nightstands but they just made everything look too traditional for us,” she says. Instead they stack their books on their dresser in his-and-hers piles.
As renters they were also stuck with the existing wall-to-wall carpeting, so Genna added an area rug. One might think it was a sleeping spot for their dog, Bear, but he prefers to snuggle up on the bed.
“I was thinking of taking down the shutters and hanging drapes, but they’ve really grown on us and they add architecture to the room,” Genna says.
Bedding: Ralph Lauren; rug: One Kings Lane; sconces: Daikon Studio
We often talk about clear furniture saving visual space, which actually went against what the designer was trying to do with the whole filling-out-the-wall thing, so she added the texture of sheepskin throws over them.
“My husband had this photo as a bachelor and he thinks it’s great, but I don’t like it at all,” Genna says with a laugh. “But I can deal with it here over the chair.”
A cactus brings in some life and sculptural form, while acknowledging their new city and coast.