Amanda Mounser has never been one to shy away from color.
Inside the designer's bright Cheviot Hills home — just outside of West L.A. — with its striped brick floors and wall-spanning works of art, this jewelry purveyor makes no secret of a desire to stand out.
"Before we eventually moved to Los Angeles, we came for a month or so to hunt for homes, and we stayed in an Airbnb," Mounser explains, when asked how she first discovered her space. "We looked at what felt like a million different places but nothing was quite right. We kept saying we wished we could just find a place like our Airbnb, so finally, I reached out to the homeowner to inquire if owning this home was actually a possibility — turns out, it was!"
Blanketed in bougainvillea and baked in Los Angeles sunshine, a memorable vacation spot soon became a forever home for Mounser and her husband, Henry. With its angled lines, curved arches, and open courtyard, the designer's home serves as a tasteful little nod to Spanish style, something you might expect to see embedded on the beachfront in Palma de Mallorca. It's here, in a cozy corner Cheviot Hills that this designer lives, works, and retreats from the wear and tear of the L.A. grind.
"Our home is Spanish-style with plenty of great details, particularly within the landscaping and the outdoor area. It's pretty typical of what you'd find in our neighborhood," the designer admits. "The outdoor space is pretty special, though, in the fact that it's really green and private. We keep our main dining table out there under the boughs of pink bougainvillea and dreamy twinkle lights, all tangled in the branches."
Mounser's is a home that adheres to a particular kind of L.A. vibe, where most of the living is done al fresco. The couple share their space with their beloved pup, Boris, and ensure home serves as both a source of creative inspiration and a place to rest and recharge.
"Because I work from home, the environment not only has to be peaceful but also polished," the designer explains. "I need a clean open space where I can breathe, a space that is not cluttered or chaotic but punctuated by a few small inspirations — and I think we have achieved that."
Inside, prepare to be delighted by Mounser's approach to color. An oversized pink canvas — a creation of her own — is reminiscent of a tequila sunrise or the kind of sunset you might enjoy somewhere in Venice. The piece holds pride of place within the couple's eclectic little living space, neighboring a mid-century inspired sofa by Woodward and armchair by Flag Halyard. With humble square-footage — the space is around 600-square-feet — the couple remain mindful to ensure no piece of furniture overwhelms the other.
"One of my favorite aspects of this home are the big picture windows that look out to the outdoor space, so even if you aren't outdoors, you still feel like you are," the designer adds. "A skylight provides even more natural light and gives the feeling of living in a light-box — in a good way."
"In terms of my personal style, I tend to balance clean, classic elements with something a little unexpected that usually references some kind of nostalgia," Mounser muses. "I feel like our home is the same, in the sense that the furniture is clean and minimal and the design details and accents are unexpected."
It's this same "unexpected" quality that trickles into Mounser's own jewelry line, a range that boasts everything from statement earrings to finer keepsakes and investment pieces. With her carefully crafted creations now stocked everywhere from New York to Japan, from glass cabinets in Bergdorf Goodman to quintessentially cool-girl boutiques like Le Bon Marche in Paris; Mounser's self-titled collection is an intricate reflection of self — a statement on style — with each gilded piece as unique as the next.
"Design is such a personal thing," Mounser adds, emphatically. "I think there are no rules? Choose what's true to you and your style and whatever makes you feel comfortable. Ask yourself, what kind of space do you want to wake up to? What will make you excited for what the day brings?"
In the master bedroom, oversized windows, a layered West Elm bed, Matteo bedding, a vintage Persian rug, and assorted illustrations complete the L.A. vibe, accented by only a handful of vintage pieces. Spanish striped floors and an oversized orange hamper complete the look and feel.
Move through to the bathroom — a space tiled top-to-toe in pale blue diamonds and as fresh as a dip in the ocean — and it's pretty evident that Mounser favors an ultimately relaxed aesthetic over orchestrated, trend-heavy spaces.
The designer makes no secret of the fact they've changed "absolutely nothing" since moving in to their Cheviot Hills home, and reiterates that when it comes to enjoying their space, the couple invest their time outdoors, soaking up the balmy L.A. weather and enjoying dinner, together, underneath the stars.
"Surround yourself with what you like," Mounser emphasizes. "Consider plants that are going to naturally bring a calming essence and a sense of coziness to your space, without the clutter."
As for Mounser's tips and tricks on how to take a patio and transform it into your primary living area? Create a space that you actually want to spend time in, first and foremost.
"I love concrete planters, in gray or white, to bring a modern feel and balance out the green. I love string lights, something to bring a warm glow to our space, once the sun goes down. I'd also say invest in good outdoor seating that's easy to clean, preferably with a smooth surface.
In terms of outdoor optimization, because our larger, primary dining space is outdoors — we eat all of our meals out there — we take the fullest advantage of being outside which is why this place is perfect, for us."