Jim and Theresa Berger have an urban office in New York City and a sprawling ranch-style house in Denver, but when they decided to buy and remodel a home on the Venice Canals in Los Angeles, they chose to make it completely different. Overhauling the Cape Cod–style home, with its decidedly non-L.A. traditional molding and leafy wallpapers didn’t faze the couple at all—Jim operates High Noon Entertainment, the production company behind TLC’s Cake Boss and HGTV hits such as House Hunters, My First Sale and My Big Amazing Renovation. They hired interior designer Erinn Valencich after Jim noticed her work on HGTV and the network’s website.
Valencich repainted most of the spaces in the house light colors to amplify the sunlight that floods the house. In place of Cape Cod-style trims and colors, wallpapers and fabrics with bold, modern prints now fill the home’s three levels. There are touches of Hollywood glam, but Valencich designed around her client’s lifestyle. In the living room, where the homeowners and their two young boys often gather, the sofas have refined lines but their frames are upholstered with tough and easy-to-clean Ultrasuede.
In the adjacent kitchen and dining room, a long farm-style table serves as a family gathering spot and is surrounded by woven chairs, a bench and mid-century chairs upholstered with striped fabric. “Matched sets of anything give me hives—it’s so 1970s Levitz,” says Valencich. “It’s much more interesting to mix it up.”