In the first days of January, photographer (and longtime Remodelista friend) Laure Joliet emailed us a project she’d captured on a hilltop in the town of Palos Verdes Estates, California. The images showed interiors that felt balanced, elegant, and somehow melodic, if a space could be described that way—a sense that became clear when I emailed with the designer behind it, Beatriz Rose of LA-based Byrdesign.

The project is “a well-balanced home for a dynamic couple,” Beatriz writes. “Much of the inspiration came from their very being, as from the onset I sensed a strong creative force behind their subtle demeanor.” The clients are a California-based pair: “Kevin Kumar, the cofounder and artistic director of Salastina music society (a wonderful organization dedicated to making classical music approachable and relevant), is an extremely talented and passionate violinist who has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other renowned orchestras around the world,” Beatriz says. “Kevin’s other half, Amy Lee, is one of our brave doctors on the frontline helping COVID patients battle this health crisis.”

So it was fitting that, when embarking on the project, Beatriz looked to music for its creativity, beauty, and ability to steady, inspire, and soothe. In particular, a “stellar performance of Vivaldi’s ‘La Follia’ helped me articulate the emotion for the house,” Beatriz says. “It was an old soul and a hidden classical beast with a bold and modern mind.” And, she points out, “The design process was like conducting a sequence of spaces with thoughtful neatness, continuity, purpose, and elements of surprise.”

In counterpoint to—or, rather, in harmony with—these musical underpinnings, Beatriz also took inspiration from Amy: “She was the voice of modernity and practicality in the project,” she says. “Her refined, rustic sensibility is reflected in the natural and organic materials chosen, where subtle textures add a tactile warmth and bucolic charm to otherwise a modern and minimalist space.”

Join us for a look at the living spaces, kitchen, and—of course—music room.

Photography by Laure Joliet.

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Above: The living area. The house as it was had a “split personality,” the designer writes on her site: “Spanish, 1970s Brady Bunch, and 1990s Colonial.” It needed “some elegant, classical architectural language but nothing too ornate,” so Beatriz—who earned a B.A. in Film and Media Studies from U.C. Irvine before pursuing a degree in interior architecture—sought out “Italian neoclassical and surrealist art for inspiration in bridging the modern and classical.”


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