Gina Rodriguez is always moving—starring in Jane the Virgin, running I Can and I Will Productions, literally chasing her Havanese pups, Casper and Marty, as she walks them down the streets of Los Angeles—so it's no surprise that the No. 1 goal for her California home was to make it a rela, comfortable space where she could unwind and recharge. That's the challenge she brought to Decorist/Found + Collected designer Sarah Ramirez when she wanted to refresh her living room—and boy, did Sarah deliver.
Keeping with Gina's "cool, California bohemian aesthetic," Sarah says she started with a neutral color palette, pairing white walls (with a warm undertone, so the space feels inviting, not sterile) with a textured, off-white sectional sofa and cream leather accent chairs. It "set the foundation of the design while tying in the brightness of the adjacent rooms," Sarah explains.
With such big pieces being shades of white and cream, Sarah really focused on working with different textures to add visual interest to the space: There are smooth ceramics, a nubby throw, sleek woven leather along the back of an accent chair—it's cohesive without looking bland.
The variety of tones and textures are also crucial for creating a layered, collected look, even if you're doing the bulk of your shopping at once. In Gina's case, many of the items came from Bed Bath and Beyond—which you can shop below—as part of a partnership with RetailMeNot, aka the one site you should search before hitting "checkout" when shopping for anything online, ever. (And, on that note, you can currently score 20 percent off anything at Bed Bath & Beyond using this code, if you want to get Gina's look.)
When it came to working in color, Sarah stuck to desert-inspired, sun-washed hues, like terracotta and indigo. That, along with the potted cactus and dusty-pink cacti print hanging behind the sofa, all lended to the laidback, boho vibe Gina was going for. With every piece Sarah chose, she wanted to make sure it wasn't all about aesthetics, though.
"Rela at home means not having to worry about movie night snacks or snuggling with the pups on the sofa, while still being able to host guests in a great space," she said. That meant making sure the furniture was durable enough to stand up to wear and tear, like opting for a concrete-topped outdoor coffee table, instead of a more delicate piece, where Gina would constantly have to worry about it getting scuffed or acquiring condensation rings. That's the ultimate secret to creating an oasis at home: If you're anxious about actually living in your home, you'll never be able to truly unwind there.
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