Designer Nathan Turner brings his sunny, spirited style to his cousin’s Los Angeles bungalow house
Kelly Phillips Badal
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When it came to decorating her L.A. home, actress Stephanie Turner had an ace up her sleeve: her cousin, celebrated interior designer Nathan Turner. The two Angelenos are sibling-tight--and in sync stylistically too. “We’re both drawn to mix-matched patterns and antiques,” says Nathan.
“And we share a love of California.” That love played out in every inch of the 1920s bungalow that Stephanie purchased with her husband, Chris Ganan.
“Nathan’s suggestion was to embrace what it already was: a cottage-y house.” Together, the Turners worked room by room to combine the pieces Stephanie already owned with budget-friendly finds from eBay and flea markets, as well as from Nathan's showroom. Ticking stripes, floral prints, and natural materials jibe with the home's cottage roots, while contemporary furnishings and oversize photos keep the look from going granny. In addition, every room is away in color. "We have such great light on the West Coast," Nathan says. "You can't waste that light on just white and beige."
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Break a Few Rules
Lacking layout options in her small master bedroom, Stephanie placed the bed against the windows--a Design 101 no-no. “I was so surprised when Nathan loved it,” she says. It works thanks to the long vintage-fabric curtains, which soften the area where the bed overlaps with the panes.
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Nathan loves combining hues and patterns, as shown in the casually elegant collection of cool blues he chose for Stephanie’s bedroom.
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To make a variety of prints work in one space, change up the scale, says Nathan. Stripes bridge everything: “They’re almost like a neutral as far as I’m concerned."
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Nathan achieves his un-fussy brand of chic by not hewing to one era or decor style. In the small dining area, that means combining a grass-cloth wallpaper with a statement-making light fixture.
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Use Fabric Creatively
Covering a doorway with cloth may sound makeshift, but in the bright, light-colored dining room, it makes the space look like a portal into a cool blue world.
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Clean and Cozy
In the living room, paisley curtains and an ethnic rug meet clean-lined furniture.
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Don’t Hold Back
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For their one-year-old daughter Nora's nursery, Stephanie envisioned simple white drapery against the lemon-print wallpaper. But Nathan pushed for pink ticking stripes--which proved to be just the extra hit of pattern the room needed. “It’s one of those Nathan touches I wouldn’t have considered myself,” says Stephanie, shown here with her husband, Chris, and Nora.