Melissa Akkaway’s Beachy Eager SoCal Bungalow

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Melissa Akkaway’s Beachy Eager SoCal Bungalow
melissa akkaway sitting on rattan chair on front porch

For Melissa Akkaway, it’s all relating to the principal points. The former boutique proprietor, fashion and retail educated, and founding father of The Particulars (her hiss establish that focuses on instruments) has spent her career touring the arena in quest of superior jewelry, hats, shoes, and the leisure else that can elevate an outfit. 

When she and her husband, Eddie, bought a lovely Venice Beach bungalow as a 2d home for his or her Malibu-based exclusively family (in conjunction with formative years Jack, 10, and Ford, 5), she utilized her fashion-styling skills to the placement. Beforehand owned by an architect and a dressmaker, the dwelling used to be in chunky shape, so Melissa and interior dressmaker Jeff Andrews obsessed on adding facts to stamp it feel more non-public. They started with color. “I’m no longer jumpy of color or bold prints and neither is Jeff,” Melissa says. The dwelling’s signature splashy teal presentations up in all places, from the front door to the kitchen appliances to the shower stall that’s fully covered in teal tiles. 

turquoise front door of white beach house

With Venice Beach a immediate spin away, Eddie’s surfboard gets pretty a couple of employ.

white kitchen with turquoise vintage appliances

A narrative of two tiles: Melissa went with fundamental subway tile in a mixed-honest palette on the partitions and chose bold patterned tile for the floor. “It’s intended to in discovering light and weathered,” she says. “It adds to the allure!”

Next came sample. Courageous, hand-painted stripes on the ceiling of the boys’ room add a enjoyable, graphic punch. Patterned floor tiles act as a frequent thread for the interval of the bungalow and put a laid-support, light California mood. And a combination of textiles—rugs and mattress linens with graphic prints, accent pillows with a tropical vibe—brings warmth and whimsy. “We desired to preserve the entire fashioned allure of this condominium whereas making it conducive to how a contemporary family lives,” says Jeff. “The fundamental feel used to be easy to construct in a funky cramped cottage indulge in this.”

beachy bar with a framed sheet of two dollar bills

Within the bar location, cabinet doors cleverly conceal a washer and dryer. A framed sheet of two-greenback funds used to be a reward from Melissa’s father for Jack and Ford. “My sons continuously enlighten, ‘Mother, if we ever need money, we can wreck the frame!’ ” she says.

melissa akkaway sitting on pastel-painted staircase

Teal ties the dwelling together, showing up within the pastel-painted stairs and the tiled shower (below).

square turquoise tile shower

“I indulge in experimenting with sample and color. It must also just no longer be every person’s taste, but this condominium feels indulge in us and if truth be told suits our family.” —Melissa

beachy master bedroom with vintage art

Custom throw pillows in Zimmer + Rohde cloth and fundamental artwork in warmth tones put a subdued, aloof palette for the master suite.

beachy living room with pastel palm furniture

The eclectic lounge mixes neutrals, frigid blues, and a pair of pastel-print armchairs to stamp the Golden Girls jealous.

“The invent has a good steadiness of comfort, color, and surprise that the family can in discovering pleasure from without a waste in sight.” —Dressmaker Jeff Andrews

When the family isn’t chilling on the seaside, they’re potentially web hosting pals, with every person gathering round the firepit on the roomy patio. “The outside location is one amongst my popular aspects of the dwelling; it feels so easy web hosting pals and family support there,” Melissa says. The boys be pleased occasions, too, attributable to their room is ideal for sleepovers. There’s a inserting rattan chair for indoor swinging, and the room’s storage location used to be transformed right into a loft. “We establish mattresses and pillows on the floor up there so that they’ll lounge and dangle round with their pals,” she says. 

boys blue and white bedroom with hanging rattan chair

While the earlier dwelling owners extinct this room because the master suite, Melissa and Eddie gave it to the boys so that they’ll select up more location to play.

The quirky mix of color and sample, unusual things, and light things is an expression of Melissa’s vogue. Staying appropriate to herself made renovating the bungalow pretty a couple of enjoyable—and created a location that’s equally enjoyable to are residing in. “I select up it’s true to spin with what you be pleased, then pass forward and don’t glimpse support!” she says. 

This text at the delivery appeared in our Summer season 2020 peril. Get the journal here

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