Home Tour: A Pool House Turned Office Where Bolder is Better

By: Sarah Beaumont

September 27, 2016

Los Angeles real estate is kind of like a night at a Vegas casino – you either luck out or you end up blowing all your money on a really bad bet. Rebecca and Jared Raskind were all but ready to fold when their agent showed them a Spanish-style home that was definitely a fixer upper. And it’s the best bet they ever made.

Rebecca and Jared embraced the home’s flaws as an opportunity. “We were actually happy that it was a fixer-upper because we could personalize the home while maintaining its character and adding value at the same time,” says Rebecca. Combining their similar design styles, the creative pair—Rebecca works in fashion and Jared is an artist—filled the home with Hollywood Regency flair, mid-century modern furnishings, and a few Cali boho touches. But there was still something missing.

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Swan and flamingo pool floats add to the Palm Springs vibes in the backyard.

“We wanted a little more space in our house, and the garage was just this untapped area that we weren’t using for anything except storage. It was right off the pool so it made sense to turn it into a pool hangout, but we also wanted a practical office space,” Rebecca explains.

After some drywall, lighting, new flooring, and sliding glass doors, the garage was nearly complete, but they turned to Laurel & Wolf’s Petrie Point Designs for the guidance in bringing their Palm Springs glam vibe into the space. The first design choice they made? A bold banana leaf wallpaper. “We wanted something in the room that would really make an impact with our limited budget,” says Rebecca.

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Like the iconic wallpaper in the Beverly Hills Hotel, the banana leaf look is a classic play on Hollywood glamour. The next layer? A sputnik light fixture to expand on the glamour theme while referencing mid-century modern motifs.

“We knew we wanted black and white incorporated into the room since we have black and white striped lounge furniture by the pool, but we also needed some bohemian touches to make it feel a little more organic and comfortable.”

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Those bohemian touches came in the form of a 1970s rattan chair, a complementary rattan screen, and lush, indoor plants. A fiddle leaf fig sits in one corner while a bird of paradise sits in another, mimicking the wallpaper and adding to the indoor-outdoor vibe.

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Their designer unified the wild mix of texture and pattern by adding in black and white touches in the form of plaid throw pillows and a striped rug, which echoes the striped loungers by the pool outside.

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A glamorous portrait that Jared took of Gwen Stefani hangs over a mint-colored desk. We would definitely holler back if this was in our space.

Overall, the space is a lesson in pattern and material mixing. “We ended up buying some great rose gold metal chairs. I was a little worried about them at first because all of the other metal elements were brass, but the designer knew how to incorporate new pieces to make the others work even better. Bringing in the black and white elements helped to make everything feel cohesive.”

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“When we’re not working, it’s so nice to just hang out in here with the sliding doors open, looking out at the pool, reading or relaxing,” says Rebecca. But the couple plans to start entertaining in the space as well, thanks to the designer’s suggestion to transform a storage shelf into a bar.

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For self-proclaimed maximalists like Rebecca and Jared, more is always more. So they didn’t flinch about working with their designer to create a pool house-office-bar.Home Tour: A Pool House Turned Office Where Bolder is Better, Laurel & Wolf, rebecca-raskind-8

“Walking into a room with bold accents, exciting design choices, and fun accessories will always make me feel happy and at home. In fact, our next step for this room may be painting the ceiling with gold leaf!” Rebecca exclaims.

More really can be more.


Designed by Petrie Point Designs. Photos by Dustin Walker.

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