The exciting unveiling of Residence 903 — One Coast’s brand new furnished model home — will officially take place on September 30th. Below, see a one-on-one interview with interior designer Francesca Grace for her insight behind this striking 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom residence’s design — plus a sneak peek at the coastal home’s playful-yet-sophisticated interiors and sweeping ocean-to-mountain vistas.
How did One Coast’s location influence your design choices?
One Coast’s location combines an earthy and majestic palette that inspired our designs in an extremely organic fashion. Our colors were drawn from the Pacific and the natural tones along the coast. We brought in textures from across the spectrum, from soft velvets to bristled sisal that mimics the beach’s brush. Our designs are meant to let future homeowners feel a tranquil transition from the beach’s warm sand to their cozy and luxurious home.
“We wanted to create a bright and comforting environment that reflected Southern California’s most inviting features…”
How did Pacific Palisades or Southern California influence your design choices?
We aimed to provide designs that were catered to the modern family. When one hears of Southern California one may imagine sunshine and relaxation. We wanted to create a bright and comforting environment that reflected Southern California’s most inviting features, while simultaneously combining the family, neighborhoods, and nature that rests within and around the Palisades.
Does your design approach to coastal homes differ? How so? What do you consider?
There is a natural current that flows with a home that rests on the coast, therefore, our approach rests in the simplicity of bringing essences from the outside in. We aim to complement the location while combining an eclectic-ness so the space doesn’t feel so obviously married to its exterior surroundings.
“Interior design creates a structure in the home that people aren’t always aware they crave.”
How would you describe this home’s interior design style and what were the key factors that inspired the design direction for this residence?
When interior designing a space we imagine the story we want to tell. Our goal was for this home to feel transitional. A bachelor pad, with the ability to convert into a newlywed’s abode; or a family home that simultaneously provides the type of sanctuary required to retire into.
How does this interior design elevate the resident’s day-to-day lifestyle?
Interior design creates a structure in the home that people aren’t always aware they crave. The home should provide its owner with balanced stimulation. Since color, texture, and pattern are scientifically proven to manipulate the senses, we believe there is a certain peace of mind that can be generated from design choices within the home. We believe by living in an elevated space, one is able to be inspired from not only the outside world, but also within the sacredness of their home.
“I believe more is more. Combining pieces and colors is a vital component to creating a diverse and exciting environment.”
You describe yourself as a “maximalist,” what has inspired and shaped your design style/approach?
I am a self-proclaimed “Maximalist” because I love architecture, furniture, and styles from all times and places. I believe more is more. Combining pieces and colors is a vital component to creating a diverse and exciting environment. Even when I design a more traditional space, I try to include a little something “extra” to keep true to my eclectic style.
“Color is becoming extremely important and powerful.”
Can you share a few design trends that you’ve seen gain momentum in the last year/few years? Why do you think they’ve become popular?
Color is becoming extremely important and powerful. I’ve noticed color increasing in popularity especially over the last two years. Throughout the pandemic people began to take liberties with their spaces by renovating, redesigning, and exploring new ways of living. People stuck inside started to realize they needed color to bring life into their personal space.
In your opinion, what are the classic design themes that are here to stay for years to come?
There’s nothing more classic than vintage and I believe it’s here to stay. As we move into the future, I believe traditional shapes and lines will continue to be recycled and reinvented.