Covering this Los Angeles home has to be one of the hardest features we’ve put together recently. Why you ask? Because when designer Gordana Golubovic shared her recent project we were so impressed with her efforts that it took substantial effort to select which images we liked most, let alone finding elements to concentrate on when each part of the home seems to sing with that relaxed, down-to-earth luxury we gravitate to here at est.
Taking a Spanish home originally built in 1927, Golubovic has gently modernised it, drawing on natural materials and a neutral palette. Plaster walls and Danish soaped floors set the foundation of the earthy minimalism throughout the home, with concrete, limestone and oiled oak adding further texture. Exposed painted timber beams give the living areas a sense of depth and lightness, while preserved windows take in the greenery views outside – a dynamic collection including banana plants, cactus and ivy.
The natural aesthetic is extended to the furnishings, which blend into the milky interiors with ease. In fact, that sense of ease could be the defining factor of many of Golubovic’s furniture choices; plump white daybeds, tactile carpets and a collection of artwork and objects that hint at the resident’s (real or perceived) travel and cultural interest, without feeling pretentious. Honest design, from signature Danish designs to simple timber stools, woven baskets and antique pieces abound in this piece, but thanks to Golubovic’s light touch in the interiors they never feel overwhelming. We’ll take one of everything, thanks!
Timber flooring in the kitchen is juxtaposed nicely with the polished concrete floors of the living spaces, with the creamy colour palette of these spaces enhancing the natural light. While most of the home leans on rustic materials, lighting features like the brass pendant lamps above the dining table work well as small yet dynamic additions.
Natural materials and neutral tones make for a winning combination.