Inside Katherine Schwarzenegger's 'Feminine, Comfy and Sexy' L.A. Home Makeover
All in the Family
As the oldest child of former republican Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, and a member of the democratic Kennedy family, Katherine Schwarzenegger, 27, knows a few things about successfully blending opposing viewpoints at home. In her own Los Angeles pad, which she shares with her adopted pup, Maverick, the author and blogger called on her younger sister, Christina, 25, and the pros at Joss & Main to blend her fresh, feminine style with a little bit of what she calls "an L.A. edge."
A Fresh Start
"This place is much more mature than any of the previous places I’ve lived," she tells Joss & Main, with whom she's also hosting a curated sale inspired by her home. In the grown-up living room, Katherine started with crisp, white seating and "added in a hint of darkness to match the hardware of the light fixtures and the curtains."
Enter, the Experts
In addition to Christina, who she says "had a huge hand in all of my design decisions," Katherine also had Joss & Main Style Director Donna Garlough on call to guide the design process.
A functional and inviting home office was a must for the professional writer. "When you work from home, it can get hard if you don’t have structure," she says. "I like to wake up early and either workout with my friends or take my dog on a walk. Then I come home and make coffee and get right to work."
Her creative space also lends itself to a slightly more saturated palette. "The curtains were navy so I wanted to have that color picked up in the pillows and other accent pieces, she says."
Garlough stepped in to implement some designer tricks in the space. "We layered two rugs, a chunky natural-fiber style with a metallic hide on top," she says. Adds, Katherine, "I’m kind of obsessed with that, but I was very unsure of it in the beginning! "
Hasta La Vista!
Though she's smitten with her newly completed rooms, Katherine knows they will keep growing and changing for years to come. She explains, "My mom [told me] that your home and your style will continue to evolve as you eveolve and it will always be a work in progress."