Modern Traditional Style Rules in So Cal

Tour Planning Pretty shopowner Camille Simmons' feminine, romantic Long Beach home.

By: Jeanine Hays

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

A Pretty Palette

This pretty living room’s neutral color palette offers a clean backdrop for the layers of traditional, modern and vintage elements in the space. Gray walls create contrast with the moulding around the ceiling and entryways. A Restoration Hardware sofa in a soft shade of periwinkle is a perfect complement to the home’s traditional bones. A pale pink rug completes the room’s palette of light pastels. The feminine color palette works in partnership with the vintage details in the room like the coffee table, featuring curved legs that have a feminine feel.

The New Traditional

Camille Simmons has a love of pretty things: a sweet teacup, a beautifully scented candle, a colorful plate. It’s through beautiful objects that Camille believes one can truly enjoy each moment in life. Little moments of pretty, like the perfect pen, or a special piece of stationery, can brighten the day’s most mundane moments, according to Simmons. Her philosophy, dedicated to entertaining and style, is reflected in the shop she founded with her husband Joe. Located in the historic Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California, Planning Pretty is a celebration of personal style where beauty reigns. And that pretty-is-as-pretty-does philosophy extends to Camille and Joe’s home. Just blocks away from their shop, the couple’s historic Southern California home is a mix of traditional and modern style where every piece is a little bit of beauty to be explored.

Vintage Mix

As a shop purveyor, Camille has an eye for detail. No space is complete without floral arrangements which she designs herself in the shop. A mix of pink and blue florals sits atop a silver vintage tray. The tray features a vignette of sweet pieces that can be found at the Planning Pretty shop, from appetizer plates to a pale pink Laurel Glass candle.

Pretty In Pink

The color pink extends to the drapery in the bedroom. The curtains were discovered at IKEA. The floor-to-ceiling drapes complete the bedroom’s restful palette. A gray chair and silver, mirrored dresser add to the room’s mix of soft neutrals. A light detail was added to the bedroom to complete the space. Joe installed a milk glass pendant above the bed. The milk glass feels like it’s original to this historic home.

Carved Elements

The master bedroom has been designed to be a restful retreat. A mix of carved elements, Chinoiserie lamp shades and custom pillows have been used to craft a room that feels like a Parisian getaway. The pink pillows on the bed were designed by Camille. The ombre fringe in shades of coral and purple adds a colorful touch to the bed.

Old-School Beauty

The guest bedroom features a mix of vintage pieces among the modern elements. A peacock chair is a statement piece that truly stands out. It’s also a perfect complement to the Caribbean feel that Camille and Joe were going for in this room. IKEA’s Expedit shelf adds additional room for storage for guests. A potted plant in a pink planter adds to the room’s palette of green and pink.

Stylish Art Triptych

The guest bedroom was designed with the Caribbean in mind. A banana leaf blanket and shams add a tropical feel to the space. Floating shelves were installed with books focused on local travel and restaurants for guests. Above the bed, a series of images from artist Clare Elsaesser add more colorful notes to the room.

Beautiful Built-Ins

The dining area features a statement piece for the home: a built-in china cabinet. It’s the perfect place for Camille and Joe to store their collection of china, which has been sourced during travels to Europe and locally in California. A glimmering brass and crystal chandelier was also original to the home. The couple restored it, shining the piece and returning it to its original glory.

Dine in Color

The dining room’s traditional furnishings feel modern and contemporary when mixed with more colorful pieces. An IKEA cabinet was painted in a rusty red and hardware was added to upgrade the piece. Pink dining chairs from World Market have a vintage appeal with their fun fan detail. And a tufted settee in white stands out beautifully in the blue dining room.

Home Office Flair

The office is where Camille works from home. The space is flooded with light from windows that look out onto the home’s front lawn. The window trim has been painted in a crisp blue, a perfect fit with the home’s pink and blue color palette. A desk with turned legs brings some traditional style home. Camille is great at mixing styles, and a modern Eames office chair in white fits seamlessly into the space. A retreat for the couple’s puppy also fits discretely into the home office decor.

Bar Cart Beauty

Camille and Joe both have a love of entertaining. Joe has a hobby creating homemade craft beer and Camille loves to collect pretty wines for parties. The two entertain often at home, and put their bar cart to good use. A vintage cart in gold is perfect for displaying pretty glassware, appetizer plates and bottles of wine and liqueurs for guests to sample at parties.

Picture-Perfect Nook

The couple’s home features a number of built-ins, including shelving for a reading nook in the living area. The shelves are home to the couple’s collection of favorite reads. Floating shelves were installed in the nook to display art and special reads that both Camille and Joe find inspiring. The nook also features a pop of color with a pink Martini Side Table from West Elm.

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