DC’s Legends of Tomorrow actor Johnathon Schaech, 46, didn’t have many requests when redecorating the home he shares with wife, Julie Solomon, and their two-year-old son, Camden. But there was one design choice he was a little particular about.
“He told me he didn’t really care about anything, except he wanted a comfortable couch,” Solomon, 31, tells PEOPLE. “We are couch people.”
And so the pair took a risk that most parents of toddlers would run from: They chose a white sectional.
“She’s said ‘I love white but I’m worried,'” recalls Ashley Redmond, the director of design at affordable interior design service Decorist, with whom the couple worked with on the makeover along with Cost Plus World Market.
But with a little convincing (and a lot of ScotchGuard), the sectional is now the centerpiece of the family’s 1940s cottage in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Toluca Lake, and has transformed the living room into the gathering hub they’d hoped for.
“It’s a bigger couch that curves around, so it adds to the entertainment value. Everyone can sit around and talk,” Schaech says, who is also known for his role in 1996’s That Thing You Do.
Although bright, white furnishings lightened up the space, the homeowners and designer also took measures to keep it from feeling stark.
“We already had a lot of neutral pieces in the house that weren’t necessarily conducive to our toddler’s active lifestyle,” Solomon says. “I wanted to translate that bohemian, relaxed L.A. vibe and really try and give the home a little bit more life.”
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Layered jute rugs, plenty of plants and highlighted personal accents add the lively spirit the family desired. A tribute to Shaech’s favorite baseball team stands out as a favorite detail.
“It symbolizes home for me,” Schaech says of the framed Orioles jersey in his workspace. “One thing I’ve kind of held on to very strongly is my love for the Orioles.”
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