For many Angelenos, living close to the beach also means micro-sized apartments, traffic jams, and endless searches for parking. So as we get older, the thought of moving to the suburbs starts to sound pretty good. And that’s exactly what Hayley Antonian experienced when she decided to pack her family’s bags and head over the hill to greener pastures.
“Moving to the San Fernando Valley was a big decision, but allowed for more space. The house was a one-story ranch on an acre of property — rare for L.A. The land reminded me of growing up on the East Coast, and we often see deer in our backyard!” says Hayley.
For the Massachusetts native, having a large home for her family to gather and play took priority over being in close proximity to all her favorite spots on the Westside. A winning combination of sky-high ceilings, an open floor plan, and not to mention, those stunning etched-glass windows, sealed the deal for the young family of four.
“We moved into our house the week my son was born, and had virtually no furniture. The house was a blank canvas, with multiple rooms on a quiet street surrounded by greenery and nature. It was exciting to start from scratch,” said Hayley. And though she embraced the idea of transforming her new home into her own, upgrading from an apartment to a 5-bedroom home felt daunting. That’s where Laurel & Wolf interior designer Andrea Taylor came into the picture.
“For a working mom of two, it was the perfect marriage of a professional decorator with the ease and convenience of being all online. I am a visual person, and an avid online shopper, so it was a seamless and addicting process. I want to do all the rooms in my house,” says Hayley.
And as the head of PR for her company’s west-coast fashion, beauty and lifestyle divisions, Hayley knows a thing or two about working with brands that challenge age-old industries. “I am constantly researching pioneers in various fields, companies that are disruptors in their respective industries. Laurel & Wolf is just that — changing the way people engage, explore and utilize interior design,” says Hayley.
Since living and breathing style is such a big part of her job, Hayley had no problem articulating her interior aesthetic to Andrea. “I had a very clear vision of what style I liked – transitional – which was depicted in numerous mood boards and inspiration photos,” says Hayley. And while she knew what she wanted on an individual level, she needed some help putting the look together as a whole.
For Hayley, “The biggest challenge was differentiating each space and making it unique, while still having consistency throughout. I wanted to make it warm, welcoming, and cozy, but with interesting furniture, art and décor — an organized mismatch of complementing items!” This sense of glam-eclecticism can be seen on her marble slab coffee table, where a couple of vintage brass swans pair perfectly with contemporary coffee table books and other online finds, like agate coasters and a ceramic vase. “Incorporating antiques and family heirlooms, along with new pieces, was important to me,” says Hayley.
In addition to blending the old with the new, Hayley wanted each space of the home to have purpose. “When we get home from work, we often start the evening in the sitting area, and progress to the living room at night. The house has an open floor plan, so it’s easy to flow from room to room. The bar area is perfect for entertaining,” says Hayley.
And now that each area of the living space is not only functional, but also fashionable, family-time has become even better. “Having a clean and open space gives me a sense of calm and organization that I often don’t have in my day-to-day life! Balancing a 4-year-old girl, Riley, a 1-year-old boy, Holden, and a full-time job often leads to chaos and juggling. Coming home to a place I love allows me to feel calm and centered.”