Bayside Loft: A Marina Del Rey Apartment gets a Masculine Makeover

A high-rise apartment building in Marina Del Rey, California seemed the perfect fit for a beach loving New Yorker and his beloved golden retriever. While he valued the location and the bones of the place, the homeowner wasn’t sure how best to make this house feel like his home. Interior designer Sarah Barnard introduced natural materials, rich saturated colors, modern fixtures, and a textured palette elegant enough for entertaining and durable for everyday life.

The apartment’s open floor plan allows for a pleasant flow between the kitchen, dining and living areas. The sectional sofa has enough seating to host a group of friends and has a removable slipcover to allow for easy cleaning. The dining area features a muted neutral palette accented by the oversized chandelier. Artwork by Sara Pae, Evan Conway and Rebekah Waites adds a playful contemporary element to the otherwise traditional spaces.

The master bedroom was outfitted with calming deep blue walls and deep walnut furniture. The wall behind the bed is papered in a hand blocked geometric pattern and paired with drapes made of wool in a warm winter white. Tom Dixon pendants frame the headboard adding a pop of gold over each nightstand.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.