Of all the surprises that greet you at Sally Breer’s Los Angeles loft, the most immediate may be how subdued the aesthetic is. The 29-year-old interior designer does, after all, deftly design some of Hollywood’s most imaginative and outright audacious homes, restaurants, and hotels. (Our favorite example is Hotel Covell, where each room manifests as a visual interpretation of a chapter of the life of the author George Covell). For her own home, Sally “leans very neutral” and as a self-described “rug-lady,” she enjoys the artistry and aesthetics involved in textile exploration. Here, we get a glimpse into how Sally selects rugs and pillows, as well as how she weaves individual pieces into her broader aesthetic.
For my own house, I lean very neutral—the joke is that my house is 50 shades of beige. I think I spend so much time around beautiful objects and textures and patterns, that, when I come home, I like my space to be more of a wash—a white noise background. That said, I play with a lot of neutral textures for warmth, and weave in some grounded, earthy colors (I’m not entirely boring!).
The Nomad rug is hand-knotted, which gives it a bit of a wabi-sabi feel. One diamond might be ever so slightly larger than another, allowing a sense of the human that made it, which just gives so much more depth to a space.
The "cream pillow" is my dream pillow. The texture that it brings into the space is just bonkers, and it almost feels like the pillow has a sense of humor. As though the exaggerated size of the tentacles are almost winking at you when they move.
Good design is a result of careful thought and planning; of a combination of a variety of elements. A strong foundation is critical. And, as they say, the devil is in the details. Well curated accent pieces often make all the difference between good and bad design.