interior design

BEACH HOUSE | MALIBU | DESIGN BY D.L. RHEIN, PHOTO BY AMY BARTLAM

BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE – PART V

BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE – PART V 520 347 admin

“I believe that anyone can cook a great meal.  Basically all you need is to get your hands on some fresh ingredients and not be afraid to make a mess in the kitchen.”
-Nadia Giosia

BEFORE | BEACH HOUSE KITCHEN

BEFORE | BEACH HOUSE KITCHEN

With weekend guests and holidays spent at this magical getaway, we wanted to create a kitchen conducive for this family who loves to cook and entertain.  After remodeling the dining room, we couldn’t wait to demo this kitchen and build a new one from scratch.   read more

BEACH HOUSE LIVING ROOM | MALIBU | DESIGN BY D.L. RHEIN, PHOTO BY AMY BARTLAM

BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE – PART III

BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE – PART III 520 347 admin

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen

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When you enter this sea side retreat, you can instantly hear the crashing waves of surfer’s paradise, and the warmth of the sunshine over Malibu.  With loads of natural light spilling in from the doors to the ocean, (yes the ocean is right outside those doors!), we wanted to keep the vibe bright and comfy. The floors were original to the house, built in the 1930’s, and were in amazing condition.  A good sanding and a light grey wash stain, and they looked brand new. Get ready to cozy up while staring out onto the endless horizon…   read more

Beach House | Malibu | Design by D.L. Rhein, Photo by Amy Bartlam

BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE – PART II

BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE – PART II 520 780 admin

“If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, of what then, is an empty desk a sign?”- Albert Einstein

Beach House Entry - Before

With a bright and inviting room when entering the beach house, there was extra wall space with old storage doors that needed something.  We didn’t want to clutter the den, as the room is long and narrow.   With new storage built throughout the home, we were able to remove the doors and create flat walls. It was the perfect spot to put a desk for the lady of the house, while everyone else chills with their tablets and phones inside and out.
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Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE – PART I

BREATHTAKING BEACH HOUSE – PART I 520 347 admin

“The perfect antidote to dark, cold and creepy is light, warm and cozy.”
– Candice Olson

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BEFORE | BEACH HOUSE ENTRY

If ever there was a job site location that we couldn’t wait to get to each day, this was it.  Perched directly on the crashing waves of the Malibu coastline, this 1930’s cottage was a summer retreat our clients rented for years.  When the opportunity arose to purchase it, they immediately decided it had to be theirs forever and ever.  After working with them in Hancock Park, we were ecstatic to keep going with this fun and amazing family and get to remodel and design their R&R dream house.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

Goodbye cold stone floors, hello warm wood and sun bleached jute rugs! Wide panel walls and small closets were replaced with modern bead boards and the perfect shade of white paint.  With plenty of new storage built throughout the home, we could alleviate the closets in here to make this entry way into a cozy little room to chill and immediately kick back when they walk through the door.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

Our marble and brass hexagon end table is easy to move for an extra surface when needed.  White snapdragons and vintage blue books are simple and soothing and compliment the monochromatic palatte throughout the home.  Our greek key hurricanes double as the perfect vase.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

A nod to the oceanic setting, we fell in love with this shagreen (faux stingray) and white washed wood console.  A giant vintage brass dolphin from one of our hunts found a new home amongst a collection of books and family photos.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

A carved bone box is form and function at its best as it serves the purpose of storing remote controls while not in use.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

This one of a kind modern painting by a local artist  is fun and vibrant, while still keeping within the tones of the room.  Pillows made from hand dyed textiles add a punch to this white cloud couch. Trust us, you won’t want to get up after you’ve laid back on this insanely comfy sectional!  Hand stitched nayy leather ottomans keep the room open and airy while offering an additional place to sit while catching a game on the big screen.

Beach house | Malibu | D.L. Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

We wanted to keep the space cozy without overcrowding it with a clunky coffee table.  Woven loops of rope make this round one a perfect choice, topped with our scalloped marble tray to hold drinks and snacks.  An airplant attached to driftwood is a low maintenance beachy flora with a fun sculptural element.  Our strike on bottle matches can’t wait to light one of my favorite candles of all time, Santal by Le Labo.  So fragrant, you can smell it throughout the house, even when it’s not lit.  They even offer custom messages as they print each label to order when purchasing one of these dreamy hand poured delights. How’s about kicking back with a great summer novel while listening to the crashing waves in this room?  Don’t worry, every inch of this house is begging for people to relax in it, all day every day.  Stay tuned as we uncover each remodeled space of this cozy little cottage.

XO,
D.L.

PERFECT PRODUCTION – V

PERFECT PRODUCTION – V 520 347 admin

“The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them
while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

BEFORE - EXEC LOUNGE

BEFORE | EXECUTIVE LOUNGE

After an amazing experience remodeling an entire floor for a fab production company, we find ourselves at the denoument of this project.  A large alcove within the office was begging to be transformed into a useable space.   With great thought given to every detail in the entry, kitchen, communal living room, conference room and brainstorm room, the partners needed a space to unwind or meet with clients in professional yet relaxed setting.

BEFORE - SWIVEL CHAIRS

BEFORE | SWIVEL CHAIRS

These swivel chairs had seen better days.  But that didn’t stop us!  The perfect size and shape, we knew these beauties could be given new life in a yummy tufted velvet.

Executive Lounge | Downtown LA |Design by D.L.Rhein |Photo by Amy Bartlam.

With variegated grey carpeting in all of the office spaces, a giant white hide breaks up the monotony and adds texture.  Airy and open, this room welcomes visitors with a comfy place to enjoy a cocktail after a long meeting.  A pair of marble and chrome coffee tables can be moved apart when needed for additional surfaces.   A pop of yellow brightens a grey sofa in our Turkish silk velvet textiles.

Executive Lounge | Downtown LA |Design by D.L.Rhein |Photo by Amy Bartlam

Navy is one of my favorite colors.  Classic, yet bold, this hue of blue always rings true.   These armchairs were so thrashed we immediately sent them for reupholstering, but picture that they were covered in burlap, yikes!  Antique brass nail heads outline the frame of these dreamy seats.  The softest alpaca pillows you’ve ever felt add some extra cush for your tush.  A single wall was painted blue to bring some dimension to this very long room.   We loved this vintage NY times print in their old office, and found it a perfect home in the exec lounge.

Exec Lounge | Downtown LA |Design by D.L.Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

I’ve been mildly obsessed lately with stripping vintage furniture of any stain or paint, and leaving the natural raw beauty to shine.  It adds interest and keeps everything from looking too sleek and matchy-matchy.  This marble top round table was just the right size for sketching out the next great idea, or just doodling to unwind the mind.  We put plants throughout the office because we always love a touch of nature indoors, and with limited fresh air, these beauties help purify the space.  This was one of our most exciting projects to date.  Nothing brings greater joy than knowing your clients love every inch of a redesigned and renovated space.  Seeing these creative minds in action, is nothing short of extraordinary.  This really was, a perfect production.  Finis.

XO,
D.L.