Virginia Woolf, the early 20th century feminist writer, famously wrote about the need for women writers to have a room of their own away from the distractions of modern life in order to tap fully into their creative energy.
Interior designer Natasha Baradaran brings this idea to life in her Perspective Los Angeles vignette, Lady Lounge, where a working woman can have her own space in her home, a la the man cave, to escape the hustle bustle of daily life.
Perspective Los Angeles is the second installment of a yearly design event showcasing luxurious Sunbrella® fabrics through the eyes of top interior designers.
Baradaran, who owns Natasha Baradaran Interior Design and is married with two children, understands the need for quiet reflection and focused creativity. She designed the vignette to her taste, selecting Sunbrella® fabrics for their luxurious texture and pattern in a palette grounded in soft pastels that edge into bolder tones.
The centerpiece of the vignette is a sofa from Baradaran’s collection: a modern, footless design with a curvy, feminine shape upholstered in the plush chenille, Splash – Pink Ling from Donghia®. A long kidney pillow in Plain Field – Dew from Robert Allen provides color contrast on the sofa, while two square pillows in Ashlar – Black from Donghia provide a graphic element. The upholstered desk chair in Outdoor Boucle – Night Sky from Robert Allen, balances the sofa with bold color and texture.
She covered the walls in Ito Reversible – Grey from Donghia, a pattern that appears as soft stripes from a distance, but on close inspection reveals itself to be a fine, Etch-A-Sketch-style pattern of lines. Draperies made from panels of three Holly Hunt fabrics: a creamy sheer, A Fine Line – Tusk, and two flat canvas style fabrics, Luxe Canvas – Midnight Maui and Fresh Canvas – Fuchsia, flank the room.
“I have a husband and two kids and our house is made for them, so I made a space that I would use myself, and its different than my office,” Baradaran said. “I explored color and texture, light and pattern and how they all work together.”
The vignette’s wall art perfectly expresses the freedom and inspiration the space is intended to provide. A beautiful black and white photograph of a woman who is swimming nude hangs over the sofa. “Do what you love,” glows in pink neon above the desk.
Sometimes it takes a special space to cultivate a life passion. How do you create surroundings that spur your creativity?