Monica Wang; Design: Martha Mulholland
If you follow Jacey Duprie, the creative force behind the popular lifestyle blog, Damsel in Dior, you’re already familiar with her love of classic clothing rooted in a neutral palette, and her knack for making the most casual outfits look uber-polished. Whether she’s wearing a head-to-toe designer look or an ensemble that she proudly scored on Amazon, Jacey never fails to keep her audience, including 520,000 Instagram followers, coming back for more. Jacey’s followers not only crave content revolving around her approach to fashion — they’re also interested in her experience as a busy mother and wife living in Los Angeles.
On any given day, scroll through her Instagram and you’ll find everything from videos of her and her husband, real estate developer Grant Leavitt, dancing with their two-year-old daughter, June, to a snapshot of her morning routine, which, as of late, includes meditating. But there’s another part of her lifestyle brand that people have gravitated towards: interior design.
Jacey recently invited her Instagram followers to weigh in on every step of her kitchen renovation process, executed by designer Martha Mulholland, who also helped to revamp the rest of her 100-year-old Arts & Crafts property. “I like to push boundaries a little bit more with my home than I do with my personal style,” Jacey says. “I like to have a little more fun with it.”
And the fun Jacey had with the design process shows, but not without its own set of challenges. Considering that the historic Los Angeles residence is protected by the Mills Act (a state law that requires preservation of the property), there were design limitations to solve for, like accepting that an island didn’t suit the layout and needing to keep the kitchen’s quirky original black-and-white patterned flooring. “We had to work with what we had, and respect and enhance the architectural details from the early 1900s,” Jacey says. “We wanted to lean into those details as well as bring our own personality to the space.”
Martha encouraged Jacey to complement the kitchen’s hexagon mosaic floor tiles by painting the cabinets in Farrow & Ball’s Lichen, a striking muted green that takes on a different tone depending on the natural light that pours into the space at any given moment. “In the morning, it feels much brighter, and the green pops and is much moodier in the evening,” Jacey says.
From there, the duo focused on small touches to add warmth to the cooking space. A small Lulu & Georgia table lamp set on top of a wooden counter stool, a sconce positioned directly above a piece of floral wall art, fixtures and appliances boasting mixed metals—the attention to detail is evident throughout every inch of the design scheme.
Now that the kitchen is complete, it’s proven to be the heart of Jacey’s family home. “When you are living and breathing in a room all day, every day, it should be a reflection of who you are and the person that you want to be,” Jacey says.
It’s safe to say that Jacey’s newly renovated kitchen is just that. It’s the perfect representation of her relaxed yet sophisticated style.
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