Decorating with Color in a California Home
Every corner of Chip and Bethany Herweghs' home says: Welcome to paradise. "Even our 'formal' living room is informal," Bethany says, gesturing toward a pair of rattan armchairs and a wicker trunk that doubles as a coffee table. She selected tiles in a sea-glass palette of blues, greens, and yellows for the fireplace, and painted bookcase backs and hutches cobalt and aqua.
In this photo: Bethany got to have crisp white walls ("Whisper" by Dunn-Edwards) and color, too, thanks to bookcases backed in vivid blue (similar to "Fantasy" by Olympic) and a fireplace clad in tiles by Ann Sacks. The living room's Quatrine sofa sports a family-friendly slipcover. The rattan wing chairs are from Mecox Gardens, and the coffee table is actually a vintage wicker trunk.
Bright Idea: Behind these doors on the mantel? A TV, tucked into a recess above the nonworking fireplace.
The Herweghs' tall gray house, a block from the Pacific Ocean, could pass as one of the area's 1920s originals, which is what the pair spent years hunting for. Eventually, in 2007, they broke down and enlisted architect Lewin Wertheimer to build a new bungalow with historic soul. Thanks to a 24-foot-wide front porch, double-hung windows, and a paneled Dutch door, the 3,000-square-foot structure seems like it's been here forever.
Inside, extensive built-ins run the gamut: A booth tucked into the kitchen accommodates casual meals; a living room alcove invites chess matches on Bethany's grandfather's game table; cupboards, bunk beds, and bookshelves stash the clutter of a busy life and give the new construction character.
In this photo: Metal stools — $90 World Market bargains — sidle up to the breakfast nook's table, constructed of salvaged wood. The chandelier dates from the 1960s.
Five years ago, Bethany, the fashion maven turned full-time mom, slipped out of her sweatpants and into a vintage cocktail dress to blog about the fabulous side of domestic life as The Glamorous Housewife. Bethany's online persona has also influenced her retro tropical decorating style, which she describes as "Dad's working the barbecue in his aloha shirt, and Mom's got an apron over her sarong."
In this photo: New fiberglass chairs by Modernica contrast with the dining room's 1870s Italian worktable, which measures an astounding 11 feet long! Bethany found the dress form at Urban Outfitters and the 1960s glass lighting fixture at 1stdibs.com. The hutch is painted a color similar to "Sea Wave" by Valspar; the walls are "DKC-6" by Donald Kaufman; and the wallpaneling is similar to "Filoli Carriage House" by Valspar.
Bright Idea: Don't overlook the ceiling: Wallpaper with a cloud-and-bird theme evokes an open sky.
Philippe Starck's clear Ghost chair tempers the solidity of a Chinese rattan desk. Bethany spotted the shell mirror at an L.A. gift shop. Local artist Inglis Kelley painted the portrait.
Bethany's inspired use of wallpaper augments the endless-summer fantasy: A Hygge & West bird-and-cloud motif transformed the dining room ceiling into a cinematic sky, while a Cole & Sons design evokes palm trees in the master bedroom.
In this photo: An Ethan Allen four-poster and a Horchow capiz-shell pendant imbue the master bedroom with a vacation-villa vibe. The Belgian linen duvet cover is by Restoration Hardware.
Mason, 9, recently co-opted this shiplike guest bed, enclosed by Anthropologie curtains, as his own. The teal walls are painted "English River" by Dunn-Edwards.
Toby, 7, and Mason face off at a chess table that belonged to Bethany's grandfather. The illuminated "G" came from a defunct Masonic lodge. The walls are painted "DKC-46" by Donald Kaufman.
Nautical Boys' Room
In Toby's room, navy bedspreads from Bed, Bath & Beyond and a chevron rug by Serena & Lily suggest "nautical" without going overboard. The beanbag is a PBteen score.
Bright Idea: Wall-mounted bulkhead lights take the place of bedside lamps in tight quarters.
Bethany, in a 1950s dress from eBay, demonstrates the charms of her Dutch front door painted in "Golf Course" by Dunn-Edwards.
Bethany and Chip pose with their brood — Ariella, 1; Toby, 7 (in jeans); and Mason, 9 — on the front porch, decked out with gliders from Grandin Road.