Four Ladies in a Beach House

Four Ladies in a Beach House

Bethany Nauert
Apr 4, 2011

Name: Bridget Sweeney, Kristy Brenner, Stephanie Nicholas & Meghan Sedgley
Location: Manhattan Beach, California
Years lived in: 1 year

Bridget and her three roommates share and incredible two story house, a block away from the beach. Together they have embraced an ample amount of space, and merged their similar styles together seamlessly.

Though they are only renting, they have managed to create a very common aesthetic throughout each room. The floor plan is very open and ocean air freshens the bright rooms. Their use of white, with bright pops of color here and there lends itself nicely in the living room, and in various bedrooms.

Bridget, who currently is a student in Interior Design, would really love to pursue a career in her beloved field. She puts her love of industrial design to good use, in the handmade desk in her room. Each of the ladies maintain a clean and contemporary appeal within their individual rooms. Communal spaces are not always this easily shared, but I think they have really made the best of their home with their similar tastes.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Bridget: My style is definitely modern — but cozy modern, not cold modern. I am strongly influenced by Scandinavian design, California Mid- Century Modern, and the really clean contemporary designs that are popular right now. Kristy: modern with traditional influences

Inspiration: Bridget: I am very inspired by the ideas of the Case Study Homes Program. We live near the beach and have really beautiful views, lots of natural light, and gentle ocean breezes so I try to promote the indoor/ outdoor lifestyle as much as I can in our space. Kristy: I am inspired by the interior designers and architects that I consult with daily on residential projects world wide.

Favorite Element: Lots of natural light and a great location with an ocean view. The amount of natural daylight and ocean views. Also, we have a ton of built-in storage!

Biggest Challenge: We are four random girls living in a house together, so meshing everyone's stuff to make it feel cohesive was definitely a challenge. The good thing is we all have similar aesthetic preferences and we all really wanted the house to look good.

What Friends Say: "What a find!" and" "I love your house, you can never move."

Biggest Embarrassment: The back yard. We have a fabulous patio in the back of the house, but have not done anything with it yet. It's our next project for the spring and summer.

Proudest DIY: My desk…I designed and built it back in college. Kristy's headboard. But also the window bench in the West Living Room. It's a work in progress, but once we complete the bench cushions it will be so cozy! Most of our stuff is second hand, we are really good at creatively sourcing our furniture.

Biggest Indulgence: Eames Lounger and my Eames Rocking Chair are both hard to beat. The next biggest indulgences would be our nougchi table, our super comfortable sectional sofa, the West Living room chair and a MCM side table.

Best Advice: Live in a space for a while before designing and decorating it completely. It's ok if it's not 100% finished right away

Dream Sources: DWR, B&B Italia, Linea, Knoll, Artemide, Hudson, Holly Hunt, Herman Miller, Poggen Pohl, Alison Berger, Custom furniture is where it's at!

Resources of Note:


    • Bedroom #4: Behr Pure Premium Eucalyptus
    • West Living Room: Behr Pure Premium Amber Glow


    • Throw pillows: Crate & Barrel Sectional and Peir 1 Imports
    • white shelves, lighting, mirror, desk: IKEA
    • console table: cost plus world market
    • coffee table: Noguchi
    • MCM side table: Foothill 550 (amazing warehouse full of original MCM furniture in all conditions)
    • Original photography by Meghan Sedgley

• original MCM Danish sofa: Second-hand
• Eames lounge chair: reproduction
• wool shag rug: Pottery Barn
• coffee table: BOSCUS Designs (Matt Jackson) — it's a sofa table in our case because the sofa sits so low!


    • table and chairs: IKEA

• artwork: by Bridget, LA ceramic artist Tracey Weiss, and LA painter Roni Feldman
• desk: design and built by Bridget
• bedding: IKEA
• bookshelves: Target
• duvet cover: Bliss Living
• Alvar Aalto vases: from a trip to the Iitala factory in Finland


    • Bed, shelving, side tables, linen: IKEA
    • Original photography by Joe Thompson and Meghan Sedgley
    • throw pillows: Target


    • DIY headboard: by Kristy Benner
    • throw pillows: West Elm
    • wool rug: West Elm
    • duvet cover: IKEA

    Thanks, Ladies!

    Images: Bethany Nauert

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