PHOTOS: Tour Johnathon Schaech's Relaxed Family Retreat: 'Nothing Feels Fussy'
After living in their Toluca Lake cottage for nearly two years, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow actor Johnathon Schaech and wife Julie Solomon needed to make some changes to better suit the needs of their growing son, Camden. “We were kind of at a point where we needed to give it a little refresh that was more kid-friendly,” Solomon exclusively tells PEOPLE. So the pair teamed up with Ashley Redmond, director of design at the affordable online interior design service Decorist, and Cost Plus World Market to create the “bohemian relaxed L.A. vibe” the family craved.
A 'Big-Boy' Upgrade
Top of the list was an updated take on two-year-old Camden’s room. “He loves it! He loves his big boy bed,” Solomon says of the twin mattress from Beautyrest. Schaech, 46, adds, “My favorite spot is Camden's room. They changed it so dramatically.”
Amped Up Storage
“He has grown a lot and really needed more storage space,” Solomon, 31, explains. “We needed to give him his own creative space in an organized and functional way.”
Their living room also underwent a much-needed change. Bright furnishings, layered rugs and potted plants achieve the cozy-chic look Schaech and Solomon hoped for. “They wanted to have seating options for people to hang around and just be comfortable,” says Redmond, their designer. “So my first thought was to do a nice sectional.”
The choice paid off in spades, as Schaech and Solomon were both blown away by the finished look — and the ample amount of seating the new space offers. “Everyone can sit around and talk,” Schaech says.
Flea Market Find
The peacock chair in the living room was actually a secondhand find. “Julie had gone to the Rose Bowl Flea Market and she really wanted a fun, different chair,” Redmond says. “And then just adding fun colors to it, and that pouf from World Market in front makes it work really well.”
Room to Work
Another favorite for Schaech is his new office space, which Solomon prioritized. “To me one of my favorite spots is his office, just because I know how important it was for him to have a space," she says. “That was my little gift to him.”
A Space of His Own
“I was blown away by how much care was taken in my little office area,” he says. Details like a painting of John F. Kennedy created by his grandmother, art from his various films and a framed jersey from his favorite baseball team make the nook a special spot for Schaech. “One thing I've kind of held on to very strongly is my love for the Orioles,” says the Maryland native.
Solomon also got a workspace revamp for her busy days as a publicist and blogger. “I felt like Julie was really fun and beachy and light, and I wanted her desk area to kind of exemplify that,” Redmond says.
She was spot on, as Solomon loves the blues that the guest bedroom — where her desk is located — brings in. “Anywhere I can pop in a touch of color is a plus for me,” she says. "Nothing feels fussy. It felt stuffy in there before. Now it has a vibrant blue look that is reflective of L.A." Schaech adds “The whole evolution of the house is great.”