Check Out Whitney Port’s Totally Enviable Screening Room

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Check Out Whitney Port’s Totally Enviable Screening Room
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Out in Venice Beach, Whitney Port and her TV producer husband Tim are noticeably California people. West Coast Creative Director Orlando Soria designed their screening room to show it.

I was stoked when I found out Whitney Port wanted to work with Homepolish on a makeover of her screening room. I’ve been a fan of hers since The Hills and have loved watching how she’s launched her post-TV career. The lady has great taste and it’s reflected in everything she does. Which made designing her space all the more challenging—I wanted it to be perfect.

Whitney lives with her husband in a lofty live/work artist space in Venice. Her home is bright, welcoming, and filled with light. However, her screening room is nothing like this. It’s where she and her husband Tim like to chill out together and watch a movie, but the room receives less natural light than the rest of the home.

This may have to do with its original intended function: the screening room was actually designed to be a painting studio. Which would be great if Whitney was a painter, but she’s a whole different kind of creative. The kind that has spun her beginnings as a TV star into a career as a tastemaker, author, and fashion designer. NBD.

Whitney has a sophisticated, eclectic taste that makes itself apparent in the way she dresses and how she decorated the rest of her home. I always look first to people’s fashion for ideas on what they might want in their homes. The girl knows aesthetics!

My first meeting with Whitney was at the trendy West Hollywood eatery Zinque. I half expected her to show up with giant body guards but instead she showed up with enormous Balenciaga shopping bags. We checked out her Pinterest board, chatted about her likes and dislikes, and sipped iced coffees while everyone around us guzzled rosé.

Literally every time I go to Zinque, I’m the only one NOT drinking. People there seem to be eternally on vacation, sipping their rose and laughing about how few commitments they have. But Whitney and I were being business ladies, so we got a lot done. From our initial consult, we met and corresponded a lot until I was sure I had her style. So by the time I put together the design for her screening room, I felt pretty confident she’d be into it. Check it all out in the gallery!

And if you wanna see more, check out People’s feature on the space! And Whitney wrote about it on her website too!

“Tim and I have lived together for some time, but we still have widely varying tastes when it comes to our home design. I am definitely true to my Cali roots, but Tim is a born and raised New Yorker. The brightness of the space, not to mention the aqua color choice is totally my California beachy style, but the clean, neutral furniture is more Tim.”

– WHITNEY PORT, DESIGNER

Photos by Tessa Neustadt

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The main challenge with this project was figuring how to make the space, originally built as a painting studio, feel like a cozy hangout. The floors are poured concrete, which I love, but they're not necessarily cozy. There is a sink in the corner for washing paintbrushes. The space didn't scream "COME SNUGGLE IN HERE! IT'S COZY!"

To obscure the view of the sink, I sourced a room dividing screen. I actually love screens but rarely have an opportunity to use them, so this was a happy circumstance. To hold all of Whitney and Tim's TV equipment, I mounted a beautiful console from BluDot under the television screen.

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I don't know if she self-identifies this way, but Whitney is definitely a California beach girl. She lives just blocks from the ocean and she's got a very mellow, West Coast vibe about her. Even as she's managing her empire, she keeps it cool.

Inspired by her "beachyness," I decided to paint the walls a pretty aqua color ("Water Drops" by Benjamin Moore). In rooms like this one that don't necessarily get a lot of light, I usually recommend painting the walls a saturated color. Some people think it might be better to paint the space white to brighten it up, but usually the white just ends up looking dead and dingy.

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My favorite things in the room are the four white chairs we added. I literally wanted them for myself and almost bought them for my condo. I loved them so much I even got them little matching pillows because I thought they deserved something cute to wear.

The coffee table is also awesome and has a stone top that weighs A LOT, so that thing is not gonna move. Like ever again.

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Whitney and I had a fun time working together. One thing I learned is that she naturally looks great in every photo while I somehow magically always end up looking like a grandma on drugs.

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Whitney and her husband have a lot of really cool art all over their home. My favorite was this lady painting. This woman definitely keeps everything under control. Like I imagine she'd be the type of lady to scream "NO FUNNY BUSINESS!" if you used the wrong fork at dinner. A la Maggie Smith. She's terrifying, but also adorable.

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Whitney had a lovely collection of books and accessories so it wasn't hard to add personal touches all over the room.

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Clearly, Whitney does her fashion research, because her home was filled with gorgeous fashion books that I coveted.

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Since I was sticking to light, beachy colors, I sourced an ivory sofa from Joss and Main with plenty of cuddle space. I accessorized it with some pillows that give a little nod to Whitney's bohemian style.

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I can't with these Joss and Main lamps! I love how sculptural and geometric they are. They also help to edge up the design. Which I like, because as soft and beachy as I wanted the space to be, I also wanted it to reflect Whitney's forward/edgy design aesthetic.

Photo: Tessa Neustadt
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You wanna know something that's nearly impossible? HANGING A GALLERY WALL ABOVE STAIRS. It took my contractor and two guys to hang this bad boy. Mainly because it's impossible to put a ladder on stairs, so you have to build a rig to place higher up artwork. It was harrowing but worth it.

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You know I love a circle mirror. So I wasn't about to let Whitney go another day without one. The mirror paired perfectly with the glamorous, low-slung modern console.

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"Strong Business Woman, Iconic Fashion Designer, Glamorous-Screening-Room-Haver." This is how I hope people will write about Whitney now that I've made over her TV lounge. Check out her one-on-one interview to hear her thoughts on the redesign

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