abstracting sherman oaks

Sherman Oaks is a quiet community, especially up in the hills, the site of our latest home staging project. But we woke up this sleepy neighborhood with sleek and modern style — complete with original paintings by artists Charla Morgan and Bonnie Lambert, both extremely talented friends of ours!

The home we styled features modern architectural style, with a boomerang-shaped great room encompassing the living and dining areas. Most of the home is bathed in a creamy yellow wall color, with the master bedroom boasting a fresh apple green on the walls. This mostly traditional and warm color palette inspired our transitional furniture and accessory choices.

A bright abstract by Charla Morgan above two dark brown transitional chairs on a living room wall. In the foreground, a stone colored sectional and a taupe armchair with modern lines.

We kept colors neutral and warm to complement the walls and rich wood floors. Details like the rattan magazine holder and a tripod floor lamp are signature Madison Modern Home touches. A glass coffee table provides a reflective surface and a traditional-meets-modern vibe.

The transitional style dining room is a serene mix of dark gray, violet and ochre yellow, accented with warm brown. A tall console carries two Asian style jar lamps.

The dining table has a slightly industrial feel with its strong metal legs and wooden top.

A Charla Morgan painting of a magnolia flower in the background brings a creamy neutral touch to the warm wall color.

Bonnie Lambert’s painting of an outdoor cafe scene inspired the rich color palette of this room with its vibrant red violet and yellow coloring.

A mix of modern and traditional lines in the living room is accented by Charla Morgan’s earthy and textural abstract painting. Its warmth picks up on colors in the flooring and furniture legs.

A brass tray table holds vintage vases. Nubby textural pillows in complementary colors rest on the sectional sofa.

Two brown velvet-covered chairs flank a small iron-base table beneath a colorful abstract painting by Charla Morgan. A brutalist candleholder, a driftwood branch, an orange throw and a few books complete the scene.

We love how something as simple as an orange throw can pick up on all the warm and bright tones in the paintings.

A view into the living room from the dining room reveals yet another Charla Morgan canvas on the right-hand wall. This one, a slightly deconstructed abstract with great movement and color.

We love the ever-so-slight traditional formality of the dining room in contrast with the more modern living room.

One of the two Mid Century modern style lounge chairs in the living room.

A trio of vases — one ochre yellow and two purple — bring a sophisticated color scheme to the tabletop.

We pulled two dark brown leather counter stools up to the granite top bar and set the table for two.

Cherrywood cabinetry and granite countertops in the kitchen, fully loaded with all-Viking appliances, right down to the microwave.

A simple bar is all set for a peaceful glass of wine for two at day’s end.

The master bedroom is a serene study in citron with stone and persimmon accents.

A pair of Klismos lounge chairs provides the perfect read-and-snooze zone in the master bedroom. Above them, a large portrait and between them, a woven rattan table to rest a book or beverage.

The portrait shares a similar color palette with the rest of the room.

The master bedroom reflected in a pair of Regency-style mirrors.

The master bath features cherrywood cabinets and glass vessel sinks.

Pampering accessories make the master bath feel spa-like.

A second bedroom is treated to a zesty B&W palette with pops of rich red.

We found the chevron vase and pillow at the same store. Perfect score!

A third bedroom gets a warm brown color scheme inspired by an Asian toile pillow.