Home Tour: This Design Duo’s Santa Monica Home is Eye Candy

When a photographer and architect move in together, you know their living space is going to be amazing. And this apartment totally lives up to the expectation. Settling into a one-bedroom home in Santa Monica (talk about major proximity to the beach!), the design-centric duo are living a So. Cal laid-back lifestyle. Check out their easy-breezy abode that we just can’t get enough of.

Natasha (the art director turned photographer) and Aaron (architect) have been living together for six months but their space already reflects their merged styles. Influenced by the beach, they kept it light and airy with natural colors.

Their favorite space, Natasha and Aaron kept the bedroom super simple in shades of white and dove gray (love that wall color!). While it’s white and bright, they’ve added in soft fabrics like a faux fur pillow, velvet headboard and knit blanket, which create a space that’s made for a good night’s rest.

Super sheer curtains allow natural light in while keeping neighbor’s prying eyes out. A Danish cabinet makes for needed storage space while little bits of green add a natural element to the room. Tip: Try hanging a plant in your bedroom for an urban garden touch.


Short on space? Look what Natasha built as a closet solution–genius! Try hanging a super simple pole and shelf unit from your ceiling if you’re lacking in places to hang your wardrobe.


Whether it’s a party of two or more, this living room set-up is perfect for entertaining guests. Create your own inviting space by focusing all seating into a conversation area. We love how they’ve mixed different styles of accent chairs–they work because they carry the same vibe.


Forget the idea that bookcases have to be heavy and overbearing. This credenza with build in shelves is from Aaron’s grandparents’ collection and sets the midcentury tone in their Santa Monica home. Gathered knick-knacks that are mixed in with the books create a more playful feel to the corner.


Bench marks the spot! Skip the standard four chair table and go for a bench. Not only will it make your dining area more casual, you’ll be able to fit in a few extra bodies should your guests bring more than a plus one. Toss a shearling rug over the bench to warm up the all wood area…not to mention, it looks great against the leather campaign chairs on the other side.


Every home needs a bar area! Keeping with the laid-back vibe, the couple chose an industrial iron and wood cart to stage with their favorite necessities.


This retro kitchen feels fresh because the counter area isn’t overstocked with stuff. Tip: Leave out what you use on a daily basis, but find ways to store other cooking odds and ends.

All photography by Natasha Lee

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