Park View: Pied-à-Terre

Perched high above Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica, a contemporary townhouse was waiting patiently for the right buyer to come along and commission a design overhaul. When Renimah Al-Mattar purchased the property as a secondary residence she hired interior designer and LEED AP, Sarah Barnard to help her plan a comprehensive remodel that would salvage much of the existing architecture and materials while reworking the space with natural, handmade and local materials. Salvaged barn wood, vintage light fixtures and area rugs, antiques and locally made reproductions exist among a contemporary recycled rock crystal chandelier, custom made solid walnut dining table and modernist bathrooms with organic materials.

Merging historic and contemporary aesthetics, the renovated spaces honor Renimah’s environmental concerns, while balancing French Country stylings with both rustic and minimalist tendencies- a design approach that represents the complexities of Renimah’s tastes and interests.

The petite master bathroom has a modernist feel. Bold minimalism is balanced with rustic details to create this contemporary vintage design. Stainless steel faucets, integral towel bars and coordinating bathroom accessories meld effortlessly with the deep tones of the ebonized vanity. Fresh cut branches add visual interest to the porcelain sinks and bring the outdoors in.

Locally made antique reproductions pair perfectly with organic linen textiles in the guest bedroom. The crisp whites complement the natural textures and vintage accoutrements. The woven headboard provides a rustic backdrop to custom silk pillows. The antique reproduction dresser features artwork by Karrie Ross and is flanked by delicate beaded sconces and natural linen roman shades.

Formerly an unused space within the home, the tiny attic was converted into a cozy and comfortable guest suite. A built in walnut platform bed and bespoke floor sofa are low profile and maximize the space. An antique iron doorstop rests on the carved mango wood coffee table.

After the completion of the project Renimah said, “I have always believed that your home must be your zen temple and my home gives me a feeling of peace. I love coming home to this creation and am very grateful.”

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.