‘Every Piece a Statement’: A Refined Malibu Home for a Father and Son, by LA Designer Brigette Romanek

Even by email, Brigette Romanek’s warm and winning personality shines through. The self-taught designer’s responses to our questions about her recently completed Malibu project were short and to the point, typed in all caps, and generous with exclamation marks. It’s clear that the in-demand LA decorator (with an enviable client list that includes Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and Demi Moore) knows what she loves and isn’t afraid to be bold.

About this project: Nicknamed “The Bu” – “I don’t know who started it, but it means Malibu !!!” – “it’s a house for a 40-year-old man, with a beautiful little boy running around the property”, she shares. That is why, perhaps, her client’s request was for a “soothing and serene home,” she says, but not shy.

That’s exactly what Brigette delivered: a Zen escape that’s light on furniture but powerful in impact. As she put it succinctly of the project, “every piece, a statement”.

Let’s take a walk.

Photography courtesy of Romanek Design Studio.

Period rattan armchairs on the epay wood porch welcome guests.  To the right is the dramatic blackened front door.
Above: Period rattan armchairs on the epay wood porch greet guests. To the right is the dramatic blackened front door.
Above: “[I] I love the combination of neutrals and shapes we have used in this room to create the ultimate relaxing seating area, ”she wrote on Instagram @ romanek.design.studio. She picked up the hanging lounge chair, black leather armchair, and sculptural coffee table from various antique stores, including Blackman Cruz.
A must for a child: a ping-pong table.  A must for her design-conscious dad: let it be chic.  The painting is by James De Wulf;  the stools are vintage.
Above: A must for a child: a ping-pong table. A must for her design-conscious dad: let it be chic. The painting is by James De Wulf; the stools are vintage.

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