It’s not every day that a designer gets a request like “I want my house to feel a little silly.” But that’s exactly what comedian and writer Josh Thomas told designer Caitlin Murray.
“I like kitsch and whimsy and color, and I was looking to have all of that,” says Josh. The Australian moved to the States in 2018 for his new show Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, on the Freeform channel. He bought a plain 1956 cottage with only 1,100 square feet of living space, then called on Caitlin to bring the zing.
She started by painting most of the walls white. “White might not feel like the most obvious choice when you’re going for quirk, but it’s like turning your walls into a canvas so the furniture can be on display,” she says.
In Josh’s house, those pieces are a cheeky mix of rainbow-bright hues and funky shapes. Caitlin satisfied Josh’s other demand, dude-proofness, with a couch in a forgiving dark color and durable quartzite counters in the kitchen. “I like to entertain, my friends are disgusting, and I’m not great either, so I couldn’t have a place that was at all precious,” Josh says. His bachelor pad is practical yet packed with personality—silly chic at its best.