If you’ve admired Sabrina Soto’s budget-conscious approach to home decor on HGTV shows, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find she follows her own advice when it comes to decorating her very own home.
She and partner Steven Grevemberg chose not to impose a major renovation on the 1930s laid-back LA ranch they recently bought to accommodate their growing family. What they did do was paint the walls and refurbish hardwood floors, so Sabrina’s acclaimed home décor shopping skills could kick in against a clean palette.
“Being the biggest bargain hunter in the world takes patience, so it’s still a work in progress,” Soto confesses. “Steven thinks we’re done, but sometimes I tell him I’m buying pillows for other projects when they’re actually for our house!”
Aha! A woman after my own heart!! That’s a home décor trick I’ll file away to use with my own boho-by-association guy. Anybody want to volunteer their home as “the project” to which I glibly refer?
While I scheme, c’mon in and get comfy.
Soto used a mix of materials—leather, metal, wood and textiles—to give this much-used room its been-there-forever, put-your-feet-up feel. The sofa is upholstered in Sunbrella fabric (S&S have a new addition!), and the reclaimed-wood coffee table was bought on sale at California interiors emporium HD Buttercup, known for its evolving selection of globally inspired home furnishings. “I saved a picture of that coffee table before we even bought the house,” she says.
Lucky Californians can visit the store at one of five brick-and-mortar locations across the state, leaving the rest of us boho mamas and papas to shop for our eclectic digs online at the HD Buttercup website. Otherwise, Soto shops where I shop: note the West Elm rug, IKEA pillows, DENY Design pillows from Target, and a throw from her very own Target collection.
I love all the pops of bright boho color, and the way she uses frames within the shelves of the built-ins. But my favorite? The collection of vintage fans up top. How (swerve for pun) ultra-COOL!
The cheery kitchen is walkin’ on sunshine.
Which is why existing cabinets, subway tile and gray quartz counters were left unchanged. The room did get a bargain boho pick-me-up with mint green industrial-style stools from Overstock.com and a spiffy modern clock from CB2 (love, love, love CB2!).
Sabrina already had the yellow lantern-cage light fixture in her stash, as well as the dining table. She did, however, switch out the wood top for glass to suit its new, sunnier spot. The chairs are from Design Within Reach.
The master bedroom is soooo sophisticated in teal & gray with small pops of yellow.
The embroidered Otomi pendant was the inspiration for this adorable boho nursery, where seven-month-old Olivia plays and dreams. Soto scored the bookcases on Joss & Main and the faux-sheepskin rug from Home Decorators Collection. I love that cute, hot-pink table with its curly base but am even more taken with the one-of-a-kind golden elephant lamp on top—made by and gifted by Soto’s friend and cohost, Christopher White.
And you can’t see a nursery without seeing baby…
I was referring to the infant in daddy’s arms. The equally sweet baby with its chin in Soto’s lap is their labradoodle, Harper.
Postively everything in this bright boho home, including its owner, says welcome.
Me? I’m lovin’ the dutch door, the succulent wreath, and sweet puppy Harper. What an unforgettable face!
Sabrina Soto’s Los Angeles Home is featured in the June HGTV magazine, but you can also follow the HGTV.com link to read more about it and get the full lowdown on product sources.
If you like Soto’s swingy aesthetic, follow these (affiliate) links to check out her book, Sabrina Soto Home Design: A Layer-by-Layer Approach to Turning Your Ideas into the Home of Your Dreams, in print or on Kindle, and individual episodes of one of her HGTV shows, “The High/Low Project,” on DVD/Amazon streaming: