It’s exactly how Jenny Cipoletti, founder of fashion, beauty and travel blog Margo & Me, describes what meets her eyes when she strolls into a cafe in her favorite city — Paris. It’s also the design theme that inspired her when she turned an extra room in her West Hollywood home into an office-slash-Francophile’s dream come true.
The office is decidedly Parisian with its blush tones, statement chandelier and gilded accents, but is also brushed with indisputable evidence of Old Hollywood glamour. This, Cipoletti says, was meant to celebrate the historic Art Deco building the apartment is located in, The Hayworth.
“The bones of the building are just so beautiful, from the crown molding to the details on the doors and doorknobs,” says Cipoletti. “It feels so appropriate to have a nod to Hollywood in the 1920s in one of Hollywood’s historic buildings.”
The nods to Old Hollywood, however, are simply gestures in comparison to the foundation of French inspiration Cipoletti brought home with her from her many trips to the City of Lights. She worked with Havenly designer Linlee Elbert to incorporate fabrics and furniture that could sweep her to the city across the world without leaving Southern California.
“My inspiration is from Paris, from the architecture, to people watching, to how there’s never a single detail that’s overlooked in Parisian design,” says Cipoletti. “I like interpreting that, along with neo-classical nuances, through different elements in the office like the bookshelves and the chandelier.”
The bookshelves — which, really, resemble large étagères — flank a white-and-gold dresser from Pottery Barn in mesmerizing symmetry. The framed photo above the dresser was taken by Cipoletti’s husband, photographer Freddie Cipoletti, of the couple’s favorite building in Paris, the Grand Palais.
Meanwhile, a chandelier by Paul Ferrante anchors the room with true French glamour. A sheepskin throw adds a plush softness to that corner of the office.
On the other side of the office is the element that inspired the entire room makeover: vintage wallpaper. Once Cipoletti decided to create an accent wall in the metallic floral design, she knew it was the right time to do an entire overhaul of the space. Against the wall is an Old Hollywood mirror from Impressions Vanity Company (“It’s every little girl’s dream to have lighting like that,” says Cipoletti), which hangs above a desk from Neiman Marcus.
It all comes together to evoke Cipoletti’s favorite travel memories.
“Just like when you walk into a cafe in Paris, and you see all the details and the golds, silvers and light blush tones, all of these elements in this space really sing to me,” says Cipoletti.
We couldn’t agree more: Beautiful design is music to the ears and eyes.
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