Louise Roe's Home Office Makeover
Old-world meets SoCal in the fashion expert's design collaboration with Laurel & Wolf and Chairish
On her TLC makeover show Style by Jury, Louise Roe is the one passing judgment, but at home, the TV host and fashion journalist was in desperate need of a pro of her own to give her lackluster office space a fresh look.
Of course in 2015, you don't go to a travel agency to plan a trip, or even call up a restaurant to order a pizza, so how do you find an interior designer you love? Roe partnered with Laurel & Wolf, a completely web-based design service that connects clients with potential decorators. Each creates a makeover mood board and the decoratee chooses their favorite. "I have a strong sense of what I like stylistically, and they were very patient with me," Roe reveals. In the end she handed her proverbial rose to designer Samantha Peters, and the pair set about making decor magic.
The Brit beauty is known for her bold fashion sense—never shying away from a bright blazer or a pair of graphic-print shorts, a taste that certainly comes through in her lofted office space. At the top of her wish list was spotlighting an enviable series of aqua-tinged prints by the midcentury photographer Slim Aarons. Their poppy hues and Southern California origins are a perfect fit in the L.A. home. But Roe's English roots make an appearance too: "I love cozy spaces that have a feel of history and depth to them," she says, "So dark woods, old desks, lots of books." A cozy reading chair and well-stocked bookcase lend that library-like atmosphere to one corner.
With a SoCal aesthetic and old-world furnishings in place, the finishing touches for the space came via yet another savvy online e-tailer. Chairish stepped in to curate a selection of vintage finds that add a collected vibe and just a pinch of another local tradition: Hollywood glamour. A cheeky pineapple lamp accents the desk, while a marble tray adds a midcentury touch to the coffee table.
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