Los Angeles native, Genevieve Wong is no stranger to the spotlight. As a four-time Emmy-nominated producer, New York Post journalist, and part-time actress, she has done everything from interview serial killers in Alaska to manage the news desk at Access Hollywood. And with a schedule that consists of countless hours on set, it’s no surprise that creating a comfortable place to come home to took a back seat.
After purchasing a fixer-upper set against the Hollywood hillside, she knew that she had her work cut out for her if she wanted to turn her diamond in the rough to a modern masterpiece.
“I grew up in a Roman style house, and to be honest, I found some of the design choices to be gaudy. It was the eighties, after all. My current house is a Mid-Century H-shaped house designed by an architect named Richard Banta. I changed the floor plan and added some modern touches. I like that it’s understated and minimal,” says Genevieve.
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And since she did most of the heavy lifting herself, from knocking down walls to choosing flooring, she was completely exhausted of all creativity when it came to making furniture and decor selections.
“The most challenging part of designing my living room was actually furniture placement. I had to place my sofas in a way so that each person could see the view outside, no matter where they were sitting. I came up with a dozen configurations before I settled on my current one. Natalie Midlock, my designer at Laurel & Wolf, really helped to open the space up. She made my interior just as exciting as the view outside!” says Genevieve.
Once Genevieve and Natalie landed on a proper layout for the big ticket items, like the modular sofa, marble coffee table, and metallic credenza, it was finally time for the fun part–the accessories. After landing on a clean color palette of gray, white, blue, and green, Natalie livened up the space with an art deco mirror, plush textiles, and silver objects.
“My favorite part was seeing the first draft of my designer’s ideas. It was interesting to see how my designer implemented the color palette I chose. She was spot on,” says Genevieve.
The large-scale canvas painting hung above the sofa reflects her chosen colors and reminds her of the recent trip she took to the northern lights in Canada. “The first time I saw the rainbow clouds of the Aurora undulating across the sky, it took my breath away,” says Genevieve. And aside from this abstract piece being a constant reminder of the beauty of mother nature, it also adds a much-needed dose of personality to the otherwise minimal space.
Now, when Genevieve isn’t scouting out the best locations for her TV Shows or spending hours in front of the camera, you’ll find her admiring the view of her living room…and those Hollywood Hills, of course.
Photos by Bethany Nauert