Inside Designer Irene Neuwirth's Luxe Venice Beach Home

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Irene Neuwirth has one of those creative, colorful lives you can’t help but admire. She designs jewelry worn by the current generation of Hollywood royalty, from Jennifer Lawrence to Reese Witherspoon, and she just opened a stunning store on Melrose Place. She’s a regular at Paris Fashion Week, won the 2014 CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessories, and is seemingly in attendance at every chic dinner party we’d kill to snag an invite to — always sporting a beautiful ensemble, beach-tousled hair, and her signature warm smile.

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Naturally, her Venice Beach house is insanely stylish and cool, and firmly rooted in Southern California — she is, after all, a proud native. With her playful, eclectic collection of Japanese textiles, Mexico-inspired color palette, paintings fresh out of L.A. studios, and offbeat accents (we spotted a big wooden canoe outside), Neuwirth brings the same charming, easy approach to her home that she does to her designs. We were thrilled to soak up her sunny style.

Ahead, take a look inside her luxe, bohemian home.
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Snagging The Dream Home
Irene’s mother — artist Geraldine Neuwirth — lived on the Venice Canals when Irene was in high school, and the designer moved back to the neighborhood just as her jewelry line was taking off. She thought the “teensy-tiny bungalow” she was renting was all she needed, until she started walking her dog Teddy past what is now her current home.

“It was completely my dream home — and I wasn’t even looking for a home! I kept spying in all the windows,” she says. When it was finally put up for sale, 200 people came to the open house and the owners got 14 offers. Irene managed to coax her way through the crowd: “I think I’m someone you can’t say no to,” she muses.
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Up With The Sun
Irene stays on top of her busy days by beginning them early. “I love that morning hour when everyone else is asleep,” she says. She wakes up to the light hitting her bedroom, which is decorated with personal artwork. She rolls out of bed, makes coffee and a smoothie, and hits the outdoor deck.

On especially idyllic days, she has time to walk Teddy through the Venice farmers’ market, and pick up local produce. Irene generally moves between her home and her jewelry studio, which is on Abbot Kinney, but makes a point of keeping home and work life separate: “I don’t have a traditional office at home on purpose. But, that said, I always end up working on the sofa!”

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A cheetah-patterned chair and colorful Moroccan rag rug are tempered by the simplicity of a white table and lucite lamp. Closet space is limited, so a rack holds the overflow in this corner space.
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Irene has a treasure trove of her own creations to choose from when getting dressed. She often designs with opalescent stones, which remind her of the Pacific Ocean.
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Mastering An Offbeat Mix
Irene’s L.A. universe — her home, her jewelry line, and her store — reflects her ability to combine offbeat, edgy, zany influences into a polished, pulled-together aesthetic. Case in point: the armchair and matching ottoman in the library, upholstered in a fabric she found on a Japanese children’s website. It's layered with patterned pillows and a cashmere Elder Statesman blanket in ocean hues. "It was super-cheap,” she says.

She explains the approach: “It’s all about having a mixture that makes sense and stays balanced. My whole life, I’ve been able to mix things and have it work. It’s like my secret power.” She calls this colorful corner of the library her favorite place to curl up and relax.
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A Personal Approach To Collecting
Irene’s mother’s paintings, one of which is pictured front and center here, were the “starting point” for her art collection — she loves living with their warm, wild feeling of movement.

From there, she hunted down paintings by friends, old family photographs, and pieces from up-and-coming L.A. artists, and put them up all over. Rather than following any elaborate rules, she hangs pieces by starting in the center and working her way out, mixing sizes, mediums, and frames.

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Lovely & Loose Entertaining
When they host, Irene and her boyfriend take a casual, but considered approach to entertaining, and the resulting dinner parties seem effortless to guests. Typically, they either set up a big table on the porch or everyone comes into the dining room and “piles together on the bench. It’s just fun.”

Irene favors an earthy menu of lamb chops or grilled fish, along with salad, pasta, and a fruit crumble. "My dream night is getting all my friends over, cooking dinner, and having a great long evening that ends late."
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Irene found this set of dining chairs, already upholstered in a vibrant Josef Frank fabric, a decade ago. The pink watercolor is by Mary Weatherford, an L.A. artist known for her slashes of neon.
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Relishing Evenings In
After a succession of entertaining engagements around her recent store launch, Irene is taking a much-needed breather. She’s catching up on reading — current favorites are Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend and Miranda July’s new book, The First Bad Man (“so wonderful and relatable”).

She also likes to zen out with small home projects, like arranging her shelves and bookcases. The result is “a total labor of love. I love to get it all onto the shelves, live with it for a minute, and then keep rearranging until it’s whimsical, yet balanced.”
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Guests have been known to ask Irene if she hunts. "I do: I hunt papier-mâché animals!" The pieces on the floor, which resemble tie-dyed sandbags, are by artist Petrova Giberson.
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This is Irene’s go-to collection of totes and bags. The fringed bag came from her friend Francesca Bonato, who owns the chic getaway Coqui Coqui in Tulum.

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