It’s a cozy, curated space that was once cluttered, chaotic and not quite right for its new owners. ‘The goal of this project was to modernize a classic Spanish bungalow in Santa Monica while maintaining the integrity of the home,’ explains interior designer, Genna Margolis at Shapeside. ‘The house had no common thread that pulled the space together, she says. ‘There were so many different styles – it was all rather confusing, so we scrapped the lot and started entirely from scratch.’ Genna knew she had her work on her hands with this renovation. She wanted to get it just right for her client. After all, he was trusting her to give him his dream home. Created by Genna, Shapeside is an award winning full-service interior design firm based in Los Angeles. Before creating Shapeside, Genna worked with some of New York and LA’s most well-respected designers. We speak to Genna Margolis about the design project. You can see more of the world’s best homes on our dedicated page.

Living room

Dark and dreary before, Genna knew that an open and bright living space was priority number one for her clients. She went for a brilliant white palette to help open up the room. A cozy color scheme featuring tonal blues, wood and copper work wonderfully to enhance the leafy Santa Monica surroundings.


Traditional or contemporary, a white kitchen is a timeless option you can’t go wrong with. A white color scheme can make a small space appear bigger and equally won’t clash with the décor in a large, open-plan space. 

Dining room

The designer didn’t let a compact room become a barrier to creating a dream dining/ breakfast space. If there’s one thing that’s going to create the illusion of more space, it’s decluttering – it can actually make a room feel wider in seconds, and that is just what Genna did when designing this bright, white scheme.


When decorating our homes, it’s all too easy to forget the hallway; after all, it’s not as if we spend much time in there. But there are so many reasons for making the effort. A beautiful houseplant take center stage and draws the eye upwards. 

Media room

‘Moving into the the media room, we really weren’t sure what to do with it at first, it was so dark and got very little light,’ says Genna. ‘This gave us to the idea to lean into the darkness and decorate with a navy color palette – perfect for a cozy movie night in.’

Home office

Main bedroom

An essential part of any bedroom project, a well-considered lighting scheme will set the mood. Lighting is no longer just functional; it has become a home accessory and sometimes even a design object. Here, a pair of concrete pendants work well to center the space.

Outdoor shower

The outdoor shower takes its inspiration from the color and vibrancy of Mexico. ‘‘My client went to Mexico and he wanted to recreate the look and feel of one in his home.’ Here, Genna used a selection of Spanish-style tiles in rich colors to create a jewel-like, textured look. 


Photography / Amy Bartlam Interior design / Genna Margolis at Shapeside (opens in new tab) Styling / Meeshaluna (opens in new tab)