After contemplating selling her Sherman Oaks, California home for the better part of the last decade, Life Coach-meets-Fashion Buyer, Ilyse finally feels at home in a space that accurately reflects her colorful, upbeat nature. “My house felt unpolished and thrown together. Being able to add color and flair to the room makes me feel so much more at home now, and I love having people come over,” says Ilyse of her newly designed Laurel & Wolf space. “Redecorating has helped me fall back in love with my house.”
When discovering her own unique interior design style, Ilyse didn’t have to look far. With her Laurel & Wolf Designer Erica Justine, Ilyse was able to keep the look and feel of her home’s design true to her fashionable roots, while at the same time having the support to take a step outside of her comfort zone. “I work with fabrics, textures, and colors and am wildly visual. Having that spill over into my home life is a natural. Feeling at home in my skin and literally in my home is so much a part of my serenity!”
Read on to see inside this bold and inviting space.
That same serenity is what Ilyse strives to inspire in her clients. As an “in-home coach,” Ilyse helps her clients make subtle, yet impactful changes to everything from their homes to their professional and social lives. Drawing on her own background as a single mother and business woman, she credits her “calm, organized, and systematic household” for helping make the difficult times more manageable. “There are so many similarities in how we live, how we love, and how we feel.”
For as long as she can recall, Ilyse has been decorating in order to achieve a sense of organization that stems far deeper than her home’s aesthetic. “My earliest memory of decorating and organizing was when I was 7 years old. I would rearrange furniture, organize my book bag and closet and naturally, created systems to feel a sense of control.” According to Ilyse, “Living a beautiful life has less to do with what we possess and everything to do with how comfortable in our sense of self we are.”
Simple reminders to keep calm and centered fill Ilyse’s home. A large, wicker peace sign adds texture to a matte-black accent wall, which is made visible from all angles of her living room. Beneath the chain-link mirror sits the product of her greatest design undertaking —a reupholstered hot pink day bed. According Erica, “We ended up using fuchsia velvet to revive an old family furniture piece and it turned out fabulous!”
In addition to helping Ilyse revive her home and in turn, her “self”, Erica instilled the confidence within Ilyse to step outside her comfort zone. “I’ve learned to take more risks and that is very freeing. That sense of adventure is something I definitely pass on to the clients I work with.”
With a new, organized space and a fresh outlook on life, the thought of putting her home up for sale is a distant memory. Rather than walking into an uninspired and uninviting space every day, she is now greeted by a gallery wall filled with artfully styled prints from her travels. “Seeing [the prints] every day when I return is the best. When memories greet you, it makes for a warm, happy vibe.”