Exclusive: See Whitney Port’s Glam Home Makeover

03/09/2016 at 09:00 AM ET

WhitneyPortTessa Neustadt for Homepolish

Fashion designer Whitney Port is a pro when it comes to creating eye-catching clothing, but she’s strictly an amateur when it comes to home decor. So, when she decided to give the screening room a facelift in the Venice, Calif., townhouse she shares with husband Tim Rosenman, turned to interior design firm Homepolish.

“My vibe before was really feminine with bright colors,” says Port, who runs the successful clothing line Whitney Eve. “I had a bright blue couch with pastel pillows. Now with the mix of living with a guy and maturing, I want a little less girliness to my space.”

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The screening room needed a new look that would work for both her and Rosenman, a TV producer. “I knew that I wanted to brighten and liven up the space a little bit,” says Port, 31, who gave PEOPLE an exclusive peek into her newly renovated space. “We also live near the beach so I wanted to that coastal feeling.”

When Orlando Soria (above left), Homepolish’s West Coast Creative Director, first looked at the room, his goal was to make sure that Port’s style was reflected in the space. “Whitney is definitely a classic beauty, but she’s also got some really edgy inclinations when it comes to wearing prints and unexpected layers,” says Soria. “I wanted the space to be vintage-inspired, eclectic and extremely elegant.”

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Overall Soria says Port’s home, was very bright and open. “It’s three stories tall, so it kind of feels like a fancy downtown Manhattan townhouse but on a larger Californian scale.” The exception was the screening room (below), which he says was originally meant as a painting studio (complete with industrial sink!) and was the darkest room in the house.

Whitney Port before room makeoverTessa Neustadt for Homepolish

After creating mood boards with general ideas, Soria helped Port select specific furnishings from home decor site Joss & Main. “I knew that I wanted a lot of seating,” says Port, “and I knew that I wanted to put some sort of texture and color on the walls, so it would make a happy space.” (You can shop for the furniture and decor used in Port’s project here.)

Whitney Port renovationTessa Neustadt for Homepolish

Soria says there are several tips to keep in mind with a space like Port’s:

– “For spaces that don’t receive a lot of natural sunlight, I generally advise clients to paint the wall anything but white. While it may seem like white will brighten up the space, what it actually does is look cold, lifeless, and dingy when it’s not adequately lit.” For Port, Soria went with a cool aqua – “Water Drops” by Benjamin Moore.

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– “Rugs are a great way to add color to a space. The lovely Loloi rug we got from Joss & Main really made the space feel more vibrant and comfortable.” A similar one can be found here.

– “Window treatments are key for TV-viewing spaces. Since this was a screening room for Whitney, I made sure to include some blackout drapery to darken the space while she watches movies.”

Whitney Port room makeover Tessa Neustadt for Homepolish

For the art display (above) Port picked out the individual pieces (a mix of flea market finds and personal photos) and Soria suggested the sizes. “I would have done a bunch of smaller pieces, because that is usually how I create my gallery walls,” says Port. “But going for a mix of large and small photos created an awesome back drop on the stairwell.”

The fashion coffee table books inject more of Port’s personality and her passion for design. “We love to host people, and this will definitely become our main entertaining space,” says Port.

For more design design tips and info on hiring your own interior designer, go to Homepolish.

Antoinette Y. Coulton @diamondtennis

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Loved seeing 4 of our Truss Chairs in this stunning space!

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