Tuesday 9 September 2014

One Kings Lane + Katie Tarses' Boho Abode

I get emails most days from One Kings Lane, a US site that launches new sales every day offering gorgeous, top-brand, vintage and designer items. I often drool over the furniture, wishing it was feasible to ship it to me here in New Zealand. Although they don't ship internationally, it is feasible to ship smaller items using NZ Post's YouShop service.

Someone who is able to take advantage of the amazing One Kings Lane products is Katie Tarses, a full-time mum and part-time actress. She lives with her husband, Matt, and their three kids in a beautiful Spanish-style house in the Hollywood Hills. Katie often buys OKL items to decorate her home which boasts the stunning eclectic boho, casual and welcoming vibe I love so much.

When Katie first came across this house she wasn't quite sure how she'd work the huge glass-ceiling solarium space. But she has cleverly divided up the large room and created separate areas for dining, lounging, and entertaining around the perimeter.

She also had the help of Pam Shamshiri of Commune Design, who recommended warming up the room with rugs in a unique way. They stocked up on a selection of gorgeous rugs, rearranged them to get the perfect layout, and then hand stitched them all together with metallic thread creating one massive boho patchwork-style carpet.

The rugs that didn't find a home on the floor have been sewn into cushion covers, as you can see in the lounge area. This corner of the solarium is used by the family and their friends to chill-out, watch movies, or read. If you stripped the room back you'd see it has a very neutral base, the colour and pattern is only added in the accent pieces. The white sofa can be turned around to create a more open space when they have guests.

The TV is cleverly camouflaged on the wall by the vines growing around it. All the lovely textures and shapes work beautifully together.

The staircase is covered in gorgeous Spanish tiles, which are complimented by the light and tiny cupboard below. The slatted bench, an example of One Kings Lane shopping, is softened by a sheepskin throw and cushion. I love the way Katie has anchored the small light fittings by hanging art below them.

Eight-year-old Harry's bedroom is very cool with it's blackboard wall and Ikea bunk painted glossy red. It's a great example of using furniture pieces that can grow with the child - the wooden sofa provides a nice spot for relaxing, and will still work in 10 years, or in any other room of the house.

Likewise, four-year-old Pippa has some beautiful furniture pieces in her room, but there's no mistaking it's a little girl's room with it's candy pink wall.

The other three walls are papered in Studio Printworks' Spenserian Beasts. The beautiful line drawings are a work of art and really fun. Rather than toy boxes Katie labels colourful baskets to keep Pippa's toys organised.

photos by Nicole LaMotte

There is so much I love in this home, and I hope it's inspired you too. Pop over to see even more here.


  1. Hi Vic - this really struck a chord with me - love the rugs/layout/colour/personality!! Could see myself happily living here. That's usually a sign of true love!! Any ideas where in NZ I could get a similar sofa to the blue OKL one you featured? Have been searching the lower North Island!! Rx

    1. I'm sure all those plants in the solarium would appeal to you, Rachel. My B+B business partner, Dael, and I are huge fans of velvet sofas too. We are getting one made up for our new office, so when we do I'll send you a photo to see if you like it. We hope to have them available in our online shop, although they won't be exactly like the one in this post. x


It's lovely to hear from you. Thanks for your comment. Best wishes, Vic xxx

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