Mix and Match in Beverly Hills
Rewind to 2005, when Jenn left New York to be with her fiancé, Todd, in Los Angeles. The couple bought a run-down condo in Beverly Hills, enabling Jenn—who had lived in rentals all her life—to finally realize her dream of renovating a home from top to bottom. She wanted to fix up the place before they moved in, so she gave herself a 30-day deadline. "I work best under pressure," she says. And she got to it, hiring a crew to lay new ebony-stained hardwood floors and repaint every surface of the apartment.
A street artist named O painted the oversize orchid in Jenn Feldman's living room.
The room's mirror used to belong to her husband's grandmother.
So she filled the rooms with family photographs, heirlooms and mementos from their travels, like the black-and-white pictures of Paris they snapped on their first trip together. In selecting the furnishings and accessories, Jenn drew inspiration, as Nate put it during his visit, "from all over the world and all over the mall."
Jenn took full advantage of the odd wall space created by her stairway, hanging pictures in descending size to mirror the steps' angle.
Her diaphanous glass decanters—on her Fasano Designs buffet—look like a cohesive collection, in part because they're "framed" shoulder-to-shoulder in a tray and surrounded by breathing space.
A monogram, like this one on a blanket from JCPenney, "can make anything look expensive," she says.
Rather than let an awkwardly placed window cramp the layout of her master bedroom, Jenn hung a scrim that creates the appearance of a solid wall.
The bench at the foot of her bed is a reupholstered flea market score. She found the pillows at Target and Restoration Hardware.
"Jenn obviously has an amazing eye for craftsmanship, and that's what pulls together her high-low approach to decorating," Nate says. "Her themes are strong and well carried through, whether it's the blue, white, and brown palette or the figurative porcelain. There's a tremendous attention to detail here, and it makes everything in Jenn's home look like a million bucks."
Different heights of similar items, such as these two blue-and-white china vases, move the eye around the room.
When she doesn't need extra seating, Jenn adds a vase- and beverage-steadying tray to this ottoman and calls it a coffee table.
Nate admires Jenn's gutsy mix-and-match, high-low approach. "These rooms look like they were assembled over time," he says. "You can't create a house like this in a day." But if you're Jenn Feldman, you can—somewhat miraculously, and with much gusto—do it in a month.
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