For those who doubt the warm and inviting nature of a neutral color palette, look no further than this ogle-worthy Southern California home designed by husband-wife team Michael and Alexandra Misczynski of Atelier AM and featured in the March 2010 issue of Veranda. With their masterful mix of antiques and streamlined modern pieces; their decluttered, minimalistic approach; and their layering of tones and textures, these interiors are neutral to the nth degree.
Keeping the walls, floors, and most of the textiles on the pale side magnifies the home’s sublime natural lighting, while dusky accents anchor the rooms. In the living room, for example, cushiony white sofas and chairs flank some standout furniture and decorative items, including eighteenth-century consoles around the fireplace; scrolled bronze chairs by the late, great Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti; a custom limestone coffee table; and an amphora that dates to the Han dynasty.
We love the repeating elements—such as the decorative vases in the living room, master bedroom, and bathroom—and the seamless blending of natural elements like stone, wood, plant fibers (in the woven baskets), and pops of vibrant greenery. Fabrics play a huge role here, from the linen chair upholstery to the silk pillows on the bed, the cashmere-wrapped bedroom chair, the voluminous linen drapes in the bedroom and bath, and the Art Deco rug in the living room.