Even over email, Brigette Romanek‘s warm and winning personality comes through. The self-taught designer’s responses to our questions about her recently completed Malibu project were short and forthright, typed in all caps, and generous with exclamation points. 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 likes and isn’t afraid to go bold.

About this project: Nicknamed “The Bu” — “I don’t know who started it, but it stands for Malibu!!!” — “it’s a house for a 40-something man, with a gorgeous little boy who runs around the property,” she shares. Which is why, perhaps, her client’s request was for a “house that was calming and serene,” she says, but not shy.

Brigette delivered just that: a Zen-like escape that’s light on furniture but powerful in impact. As she succinctly says of the project, “every piece, a statement.”

Let’s take a tour.

Photography courtesy of Romanek Design Studio.

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

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