This California Townhouse Is a Case Study in Mixing Home Decor Styles

If you have a style you love, decorating is easy. You search for mid-century modern or shabby chic or whatever your jam is, and go to town. If you like a little of everything, however, the options can become overwhelming, and mixing them all together can get a bit… messy. That’s the position Olivia Wetterau, an architecture and interior design student at UCLA, found herself in when she was putting together her Venice Beach townhouse. Wetterau says there’s no one word that describes her style. Instead, she defines it as, “A touch of glam, a hint of mid-century modern, a bit of maximalism, and some California casual.”

To make it cohesive, Wetterau used the Hutch app (the free interior design app is available on iTunes and Google Play). Virtual design apps — Houzz and Wayfair both offer their own augmented reality apps that let you envision goods in your home — can be a great way to experiment with new furnishings and looks when you’re trying something a little less paint-by-numbers. For Wetterau, using the app let her create an eclectic oasis with a feel that’s straight-up cool.

She said her biggest challenge was creating a living area separate from the kitchen within her open floor plan. Blocking out the space with the couch, as well as delineating the living space with the black-and-white rug (a Hutch app find), lets the two areas coexist harmoniously but distinctly.

And using an app led her in some surprising directions. Wetterau was definitely not thinking pink as she began her process. But being able to see how those pops of pink would actually look in her space made her reconsider. “I never saw myself having a lot of pink elements, [but] when I began finding things I liked, it started naturally turning into this fun and feminine space, which I initially didn’t expect,” she said.

We’d say the whole space exceeds expectation.

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(Photos via Hutch)