When you think of Dollar Shave Club Founder Michael Dubin, you’re likely to think of the cheeky videos that propelled the start-up into a $1 billion tech juggernaut. But what about interior design?
Turns out Michael is a true renaissance man, whose interests stretch far beyond razors into the world of paint colors and area rugs. The successful CEO, funny man, and Pennsylvania native recently purchased a house in Venice, CA, with the intention of overhauling it. “This is my first home. It has been a great blank canvas to reinvent,” Michael says.
And if anyone knows about reinvention, it’s Michael. He quickly made his mark on the startup world by revolutionizing the razor blade industry. Given this background, Michael decided to turn to interior design industry disruptor Laurel & Wolf for help with his home. “As a disruptor, I wouldn’t say I was nervous to partner with another. In fact, it was refreshing,” Michael says.
Michael was paired with designer James Tabb to unlock the modern, yet beachy charm of his new abode. “The suggested bold shapes and patterns that I may have initially shied away from opened my eyes to the potential of the home,” Michael says. “Starting with a blank canvas, I was surprised by how something as simple as painting window trim can transform a room.”
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James kept the kitchen’s color palette classic with blueish gray cabinetry and a white backsplash, but added a dash of funk with statement cow-hide barstools to accompany the white and grey marbled island.
The house has an open, airy layout so the rooms flow together freely, creating a refreshing spaciousness from kitchen to living room. “The open floor plan makes hosting easy,” says Michael. “Whether people are mingling in the kitchen area or living room, you never feel isolated.”
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The credenza in the living room doubles as a bar for added hosting convenience, as does the ample seating options in the sofa and dual leather lounge chairs flanking the fireplace. Natural light spills in through high windows and skylights throughout the space, bathing the wooden door frames, furnishings and vaulted ceiling beams in sunshine.
It was important to Michael that his first house feel uniquely his. “A home should feel lived in,” he says. “My parents encouraged my sister and I to make our room our own. That influence is reflected in my current home through comfortable furniture for gathering moments and accent pieces that accentuate my personality and interests.” James kept this in mind by including a floating shelf in the living room for framed illustrations and artwork that are special to Michael, as well as a coffee table to display other personalized decor.
The home also balances his East Coast roots with his new West Coast home. “I like the open air indoor/outdoor California vibe,” he says, “but kept a more traditional dining room alcove that I feel is reminiscent of the East Coast.”