There are certain home conundrums for which you might yearn for a designer’s eye and expertise. What do I put in this weird corner? Is this wild wallpaper a mistake? For Lady Gang star Keltie Knight’s home in Los Angeles, the issue was an oddly shaped room and the oddly shaped couch she plunked down into it.
“I had fallen in love with that green sofa from Anthropologie and it just literally sat in my living room for two years, with nothing else in the room,” says the TV host and author of the upcoming book Act Like a Lady. “Because I don't know how to decorate a round room.”
To deal with them both, she enlisted the assistance of Havenly, the digital interior design service that connects users to a designer for a fraction of the cost of a typical firm. Knight had already worked with Havenly once, on the design of her bedroom, and “had the best time” pulling inspiration images, assessing mock-ups, and then choosing from the suggested pieces for her space.
Knight was connected to designer Shelby Girard, the vice president of creative and design, to get rolling. “She uploaded inspiration and a lot of it had green sofas included,” Girard says. “I think the style we ended up on is California laid-back modern, with a touch of global or boho influence, which you can see in the textiles, the pillows.” The live-edge coffee table, which Knight also already owned, further cemented this vibe.
While the Knight may have seen the green couch as a hinderance, it helped Girard immensely. “A lot of times [clients] are like ‘I'm sorry for limiting you,’ but it's honestly helpful because it sets the tone immediately,” she says. “In terms of color palette, it helps narrow things down. If she was looking for a ton of color I would have added a lot more of it but she was dropping more neutral rooms that just had one pop of color.”
So she gave the room a black and white palette—but one that’s textured and soft, instead of Kardashian-style glam. “If we did like lacquer or really shiny materials, it would feel a lot different, but we've done more natural materials and subtle tones,” Girard says. That extends to the pillows but also the oversized rug, which is actually a “natural” brown color, not white or cream.
“I actually fought her on the rug. It was an expensive piece and I was like is this a rug I'm going to invest in? Maybe I need something more stripey and more boho or whatever,” Knight says. “What was so great about [Havenly] is that Shelby mocked it up first. When I got to see what it was going to look like and then I was like—actually this is really, really cool.”
Metallic accents, too, were softened by their texture. “They're an antiqued brass, so they feel not-so-shiny. The combination of wood and the earthier tones with the rust and the mossy green, I think that's what makes it steer away from feeling overly glam,” Girard says.
The biggest secret weapon in the room might actually be that quiet accent color, a soft, rusty orange or washed-out coral. “I didn't want to make the space feel overly feminine, but I did want to have a pop of color that felt warm,” Girard says. “Everything's pretty warm—there's no super blues or super cool tones in there—and I just feel like it plays off the wood nicely, and the caramel leather.”
Oversized abstract black-and-white art in looping curves fill in the space without crowding it, and empty corners are filled with—what else, when in California?—plants. Another empty corner was filled with floating shelves, upon which sits Knight’s Emmy. NBD.
There are so many fun pieces in the room that it’s tough for Knight to choose a favorite. “The chair that has the fur on it is the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in in my life,” she says. “And the light is so insane. I could turn it upside down and take a bath in it, it's just such a dream. It took 17 people to hang it. The glow is just so, so gorgeous. If I hadn't met Shelby, I would have never been brave enough to purchase something like that.”
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