LaLa Reimagined infuse the essence of the Mediterranean coastline into a Spanish colonial ranch nestled in the hills of Malibu, California.

Home to a prominent Hollywood executive and his wife, along with their three young children, this project was envisioned as a European-style retreat resembling a boutique hotel. “Our clients love colour, and we wanted to create a space that emulated their favourite holiday spots in France and Italy,” Beverly Hills-based design studio LaLa Reimagined co-founder Azar Fattahi says. “Ultimately, we aimed to create a comfortable home that didn’t feel overly extravagant – one where the family could unwind and host family and friends visiting from the city,” she adds. As it was the studio’s third collaboration with this particular client, there was an established synergy and trust that paved the way for the project’s success.

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In the living space, a sculptural timber coffee table, a mushroom-shaped side table and a pair of vintage wicker armchairs with draping pistachio-coloured cushions rest upon a wavy-patterned rug. Perched on the mantelpiece are a set of squiggly table lamps designed by LaLa Reimagined – one of several pieces they custom designed for the home. 

Azar, together with her business partner Lia McNairy, believe their design approach is a natural extension of their personal styles. “Our wardrobes are filled with bold, vibrant colours: masculine meets feminine, fresh meets timeless, all mixed,” Lia says. “We approach each project with the same intention: to translate our clients’ style into the most sacred place of all, home.” In the case of this project, the focus was on channelling the clients’ love of European design and bold colour palettes into a hotel-esque home.

“We wanted guests to feel like they had escaped to a resort on the Mediterranean coast – a sanctuary far removed from the bustle of Los Angeles,” Azar says. In particular, the pair wanted to pay homage to the rustic yet glamorous ‘II Pelicano’, an iconic resort in Tuscany awash in the vibrant hues of summer. Upon entering the home, this sentiment is immediately evoked through the original terracotta-tiled floors, timber-lined ceilings and expansive ocean views.

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French doors draw plenty of natural light into the living space. The art, objects and ceramics featured throughout the home are sourced from various locations, from flea markets to estate sales, adding an eclectic, personal feel to the interiors.

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The charming, European-inspired kitchen is characterised by cabinets painted in Farrow & Ball ‘We Wet’ and multi-coloured glazed ceramic tiles. An archway leading to a seated bar area continues the project’s hotel theme.

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LaLa Reimagined kept and restored the kitchen’s existing copper rangehood and incorporated a Wolf cooktop.

The atmosphere is further ingrained in the home’s dynamic furniture selection, which includes a mix of vintage items and high-end contemporary pieces. “We visited a number of galleries, craftspeople and antique shops to source unique, one-off pieces,” Lia says, calling out the pink boucle sofa in the living room as one of her favourite vintage finds. Wicker is the key player in the material palette, manifesting in sculptural armchairs, decorative rugs and playful lighting pieces.

In essence, this project is the result of an enduring designer-client relationship. “We are truly grateful for their trust in us as designers and the magic we have been able to create across the three projects we’ve worked on together,” Azar reflects.

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A vibrant corner of the primary bedroom features a collection of vintage pieces, including a powder-coated green chair, French ceramic lamp and Moroccan rug.

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The primary bathroom is lined in black hexagonal tiles and features a hot-pink wicker pendant by Mestizo. The space enjoys tranquil views of the ocean and hills, crafting a spa-like experience immersed in nature.

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