Ocean Avenue Penthouse: Contemporary Living Room

An Ocean Avenue penthouse with a bird's eye view of Santa Monica's coastline is outfitted with eco-friendly furnishings, natural textiles and organic rugs to create a perfect Zen retreat. White fabric poufs provide extra seating for guests and are low enough to preserve the ocean view. A natural driftwood sculpture compliments a collection of organic objects as the centerpiece to this biophilic design.

Fine art can become a unique design element within a room. This one of a kind artwork fashioned from hand thrown clay disks was created specifically for the living room to capture the calming energy of the ocean air. The installation's delicate minimalism and organic formations add dimension and complement the room's natural textures.

Organic textiles and fabrics were sustainably sourced. A custom made sectional with natural latex cushions is a perfect companion to the organic wool rug and toss blanket. A modern white metal side table with a fun organic shape adds interest. 

This modern design preserves the expansive coastline view utilizing a wall of mirrors to visually extend the entertaining area. The integrated dining area features a custom made table of chrome and maple perfectly sized for this compact space.

A collection of eco-friendly materials, organic textiles and vintage accoutrements make this Ocean Avenue penthouse the ultimate beach retreat. The delicate chandelier made up of tiny light bulbs and wire reminds us of stars strung together in the sky. Tillandsia plants make a perfect centerpiece for beach front dining. 

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

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