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A Colorful Home in Venice Beach

A Colorful Home in Venice Beach

Chloé Fleury is an illustrator and prop stylist who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Mehdi, and their two daughters. She makes three-dimensional paper objects, like pink flamingos and yellow elephants — and her home is just as fun and colorful as her work. Plus, she has great IKEA finds! Here’s a peek inside…

LIVING/DINING AREA
A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Blue chair: IKEA, similar. Hanging chair: Cobble Mountain. Sofa: West Elm. Mirror: IKEA. Coffee table: IKEA. Rug: from Morocco, similar. Pink pouf: from Morocco, similar. Pink rocking chair: Modernica. Pom pom basket: Eliza Gran, similar. Side table: IKEA, similar.

On California dreaming: I grew up in Lyon, France, but when I was 10, my family took a California road trip and I fell in love with the state. It became my dream to move here. After school, I had the opportunity to visit San Francisco for a few months as a tourist. I did my best to find an internship and get a visa so I could stay for good. I ended up meeting my husband, who is also French, at a friend’s party a few years later.

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Rug: from Morocco, similar.

On being close to the beach: After living in San Francisco for years, we moved to Los Angeles seven months ago. My husband is a surfer, and this house is a 15-minute bike ride from the water. The beach has become my daughters’ happy place. It’s so nice to spend the weekends and some afternoons there. As soon as our four-year-old’s feet hit the sand, she’ll tear off her dress and run naked across the beach.

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Dining room table: CB2. Black chair: Modernica. Bright pink chair: Modernica. High chair: Oxo. Rocking chair: Modernica. Pendent lamp: IKEA. Wall hanging: Janelle Gramling.

On pink: Color has always made me happy, although I am trying to do less pink because my husband has gotten kind of sick of it. Right now, the girls are really into princesses, ballet and unicorns, and last weekend we went to a fairy hunt in the forest — that was just too much for him!

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Play table: IKEA, similar. Chair: French flea market, similar.

On children’s art: This wall is a mix of family photos and my daughters’ art. Until recently, Lula had no patience to sit down, but now she’s getting into drawing. Every day, she tells me that her favorite part of school was doing art. As an illustrator, that makes me smile. A colorful house and kids’ art go well together.

On mixing and matching: My husband is half Moroccan, so we have a few things from Morocco, like our rug, the pouf and some pillows. We also have things from flea markets in France. Little Broc in Lyon has the best vintage rattan furniture — it’s my first stop when I visit home in the summer. I like to mix styles and not stick to a single color palette — that can get difficult, especially with kids and all the toys everywhere. So, I just fall in love with an object and make it work. 

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

On IKEA: I keep telling myself to stop buying from IKEA — because I don’t want my home to be only their stuff — but then they always have amazing new collections! If you mix their pieces with other things, everything looks really nice. When we moved in, there was a hideous chandelier above the dining table, and finally I was like, I just can’t look at it anymore. So, I bought this $5 shade from IKEA. It’s fun and cheap, and I like the geometric shape — it reminds me of the work I do.

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Art: Tom Pigeon.

On DIY: When we moved in, we had so many books but nowhere to store them. We tried to find a nice-looking, affordable shelf to fit the space in the dining area, but it seemed impossible. So I found a tutorial on a French blog, we bought the wood and copper tubes at Home Depot, and we made it ourselves. It was team project — my husband was cutting, I was sanding. It took forever, but I’m proud of the end result.

KITCHEN NOOK
A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

On easy French food: After school, the girls and I spend a little time at the playground; then they take a bath and I cook. I usually make fish, vegetables or French dishes, like quiche or gratin. Quiche is so quick and easy, and my daughters love it. We usually make salmon and broccoli quiche or quiche Lorraine — but you can really put anything in. I always have frozen pie dough on hand; then you just toss in vegetables, eggs, and milk; and after 30 minutes in the oven, it’s done.

MASTER BEDROOM
A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Bed: Muji. Bedding: Mexico, similar. Ladder: Urban Outfitters, painted white.

On switching things up: We’ve collected blankets and pillows through the years, and I love to change where they are in the house every week. I move things around all the time to keep it interesting. My husband just lets me do my stuff — he doesn’t even ask anymore — but he enjoys the house.

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Shelf: Container Store. Mirror: Anthropologie, similar.

On functional design: I’m obsessed with baskets; we have them in every room. They’re useful for corralling toys, and they pair well with everything. I even use a basket for my purse. Mine are mostly from flea markets, but I have a few from Eliza Gran, an L.A. designer. I also have a thing for straw hats — both to wear and use for decoration.

KIDS’ ROOM
A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Dresser: The Land of Nod. Bed: Kalon Studios. Rug: Revolución del Sueño. White rug: Urban Outfitters, similar. Striped rug: Tiger London, similar. Bookshelf: Urban Outfitters, similar. Ice cream truck: Target.

On animal art: When my older daughter was born, I made a few paper bunnies to hang on the walls of her bedroom. I posted some photos on Instagram and people liked them, so I started making and selling paper animals on Etsy. Things got crazy; now I have my own store. We have flamingos, foxes, cats — I try to add a few animals each year.

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

On colorblocked walls: I’m into all colors, but I was on a yellow kick when we painted this wall. The bedroom gets lots of natural light, and I wanted to emphasize that by adding even more sun and fun to the room. The girls love it! I did a half-wall so the colorful element is balanced out by the white wall. Otherwise it might have been too much.

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Crib: IKEA. Dresser: The Land of Nod. Rug: Revolución del Sueño. Eye pillow: Arro Home.

On raising trilingual kids: We’re hoping Lula and Anouk will be trilingual. We speak French at home, and they speak English at school and with their friends. They learned Spanish when we spent six months in Mexico before moving to L.A. — kids are like sponges. Some of the teachers at Lula’s school are from Mexico, so they speak Spanish with her to help her practice.

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Photos: Parabo Press printing. Pink tape: Amazon.

On printing photos: Now that we have camera phones, it’s easy to forget to print photos. But I try to print a bunch every few months, and my girls put them on the wall with pink tape. Our extended family is so far away and we’ve been changing homes over the past few years — so this helps them remember relatives and places they love. The first couple months in L.A. were hard for Lula; she felt lost and didn’t really know where our home was. Thankfully, she’s more settled now.

BACKYARD

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Bench: IKEA. Dining table and chairs: IKEA. Orange stool: IKEA.

On outside living: I was drawn to this house because it has a detached garage, which I can use as my studio. Although I work from home, it’s still nice to walk out of the house and go to another space, especially when my daughters want to touch everything on my desk. The house also has a backyard, which was a big plus. The weather is warmer here than in San Francisco, so we barbecue and the girls love to ride bikes.

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Hanging chair: La Siesta. Woven chair: Urban Outfitters, similar.

On shopping: For home decor, I like Modernica, Leif and Babasouk for their colorful Moroccan and Mexican pieces. The kids’ beds from Kalon Studios are great. I am dying over Pop & Scott furniture, and these fun chairs from Ames Shop are on my wish list.

A Colorful House Tour in Venice Beach

Thank you so much, Chloé!

P.S. More house tours, including a cabin in the city and a San Francisco home with a cool backyard.

(Photos by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo. Interview by Megan Cahn.)

  1. nicole says...

    Obsessed with the wall color in the girls’ room- what is it? Or would you be willing to share something similar?

  2. Steph says...

    I want her sandals!! Any chance to find out brand?

  3. Catarina Batista says...

    This maybe has been my favorite home so far on the Cup of Jo! The walls, the light colored furniture makes it so airy and light <3 In love <3

  4. Heather says...

    I would love a beauty uniform post with Chloe!!!

  5. Love it! I’m eyeing that surfboard in the corner of the room. For her 8th grade passion project, my daughter is learning to shape surfboards. They are beautiful, and I need some clever (and inexpensive) ways to feature them in our house like art pieces. Any tips?

  6. Sarah says...

    Where do you find your baskets? Especially that big one next to the children’s bed? And do you find the particular swing you have to be easy for kids and something that gets used a lot in your house? I considered buying one but never saw it in person and wasn’t sure if it was worth the money. Thanks for sharing your house! So inspiring!

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Hi Sarah, sadly Chloe had to take the swing down since this ceiling isn’t strong enough to hold it, but she said her kids loved it when they had it hanging in their home in SF. A lot of her baskets are from flea markets, Mexico and Eliza Gran. https://www.elizagranstudio.com/

  7. Emma says...

    I love this!
    My cousin made a photo album (just one of those flexible ones where each page fits a 4×6) for her daughter that included all of their friends and family. They look at it right along with bedtime stories every night to help her remember all of the people they love in between visits. I love what this family does too. : )

  8. Katie says...

    I’ve loved Chloe’s style since taking major inspiration from her eldest daughter’s nursery. I love how fresh and colorful everything looks. I triple ditto an outfit post. Her style is on point!

  9. I always enjoy your home tours and really, really like the pops of color all over this house. I have noticed that pretty much every single tour has ALL white walls, and all white trim. I live in a house that is nearly 100 years old and most of the original wood work is still untouched. It would honestly make me sick to see such wood work painted. Having white walls in a home like this makes it look very stark because the trim contrasts so much with the white of the walls. Any chance you can do a home tour with a really old home that still has lots of its woodwork in its original state? I’d love to see what other homeowners have done with the wall color.

    • Joanna Goddard says...
    • There are some great colors in these, and I love the wallpaper in the London one (I didn’t recall seeing that one, so lively!). I guess I really meant to say white trim. The trim is always painted, usually white, it’s never left in it’s wooden natural state. I would absolutely love to see what others have done with homes that still have unpainted wooden trim, and even unpainted wooden doors. Thanks for these great tours, they are so much fun to look through!

    • And by trim, I’m meaning baseboards, crown moulding, door frames, etc.

    • Laura says...

      Hi Rebecca, my 100 y.o. house has natural color wooden trim/ baseboards. We are actually working on replacing it with new white painted trim (the original trim is very crudely done) but in the meantime I really don’t mind how the wood trim looks. Our walls are Dust Bunny from Lowe’s with white textured ceilings (not popcorn, textured with a brush). Other colors in our scheme include a sage green and maroon with pops of deep blue and silver accents. We also have many wooden floors. In the bathroom we have gray tiles in the shower.

    • Laura, thank you so much for your reply. Your wall colors sound great! We have a mix of rooms with white trim (the bedrooms) and rooms with the original wood–the living spaces. I find it tricky to find wall colors that work with the wood trim. I always appreciate seeing, and hearing, about colors others have chosen. I love the natural wood trim, but with so much white trim out there these days, it’s all the more trickier to know what good options are when designing a historic home.

    • Molly K says...

      Rebecca – there’s a lot of wood in my house, and my living room walls are Natural Linen, and my kitchen (where I actually have white trim) is Interesting Aqua, both from Sherwin Williams. I’m no interior decorator, but I do love how those colors look in my house.

  10. Wow! I’ve seen Chloé’s work over the years, but I didn’t know who to attribute it to. This is incredible work! Such a beautiful and colorful home. And you’re right, GREAT Ikea finds. I’ve been wanting that rattan armchair for a long time!!!

  11. Kato says...

    Though not my taste at all I really liked this hometour; such a happy warm home and lovely family!

  12. Marni says...

    This house is amazing, but her clothes are even more so! Can we have a week of outfits from her too, pretty please?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her! :)

    • kelly libby says...

      Yes, she and her girls have lovely clothes!!!

    • Lisa says...

      Yes!!!! I want to know where all the dresses are from!!!!

  13. Lee Leroux says...

    I just love her colorful playful style. So inspiring , I remember reading about her from Anthology magazine , she is so talented and I love her daughter’s names. J’adore xxx

  14. Such a beautiful home, fresh and clean.
    I’ve been following her account on instagram for a few months and Chloe has the most gorgeous clothes. And her girls too! Thank you Cup of Jo for this post :)

  15. Kim says...

    Can I ask where the hanging Pom poms came from?

  16. What a happy house!! I love looking at it… can’t take my eyes away! The girls’ room is especially lovely.

    This was my favorite sentence: “My husband just lets me do my stuff — he doesn’t even ask anymore — but he enjoys the house.” My dream! Haha. My husband wants his say, and I definitely want mine (I’m a graphic designer so I feel like styling our apartment should be MY job ;)), and our tastes don’t overlap too much. Needless to say, I could never get away with pink furniture. Well done!

    • Ann-Marie I could have written your comment. Exactly the situation here, right down to me being a graphic designer. So frustrating sometimes!

    • Rebecca, isn’t it frustrating?! We’ve been living together for 15 years, so you’d think we’d have it sorted by now… nope. And compromises always feel like no one wins!

  17. All of the heart eyes! I adore the playfulness of the house, but it still has such a simple and clean vibe.

    Do you mind sharing where the striped blanket is from (hanging over the crib in the girls’ room)?

    Thanks for sharing your home!

  18. OMG- this is so cute. I love the bright and fun colors. This is so fun! Love this!
    xo, Meghan

  19. Maire says...

    Chloe, I love your home and all of the PINK! Pink is my favorite color! I was also wondering if you have any recommendations of what to see and do and where to eat in your home city of Lyon? I am going to be there for two weeks in December, as my husband has to be there for business and neither of us have ever been. Thanks a mil!

    • Blandine says...

      It is a fantastic place. And in the december 8th or so they have the festival of lights. Every inhabitant put a candle on their windowsill and the city lightens up all the public buildings in surprising and poetic ways, it is beautiful. More info here http://ca.france.fr/en/events/festival-lights-lyon-4

  20. Annie says...

    Love the girls’ clothing, especially that playsuit/romper

  21. Andrea says...

    What kind of tape is that!? Love it.

  22. I love the idea of painting only half a wall in a bright color. Somehow it looks so design-y.

  23. Laura says...

    Stop motion paper cutout illustrations… amazing.

  24. Lauren says...

    Amazing! WHERE CAN I GET THOSE COLORFUL POM POM GARLAND-TYPE THINGS?! what a great touch for a child’s room!

  25. Christen says...

    I love love love this home! Any idea where all the pom pom strings are from?
    Thanks!

    • Nora B says...

      I’ve made a bunch of these in all hues for our children’s library…..super easy, just Google pompom tutorial and get yarn you like from a craft store like joanns.

  26. Cynthia says...

    I like the use of bright colors throughout the house. I’m a basket person, too, as baskets both decorate my home and corral the clutter.

  27. Rebecca says...

    Love it! We have those hanging chairs, which used to be on the porch of our third-floor apartment, but they have been packed away since we moved. Now I’m intrigued by the idea of hanging them inside – any tips for how to do it?

  28. kristalia says...

    I LOVED this one seeing we are going through a redecorating phase and I’m also worried that I’m purchasing too much from IKEA! But they truly do have such great, affordable pieces, I also agree with blending them in with other non ikea pieces. At least, I’m trying to do that!
    That said, while I love this series, I find that most homeowners are in the artistic field. I would love to see owners who are more “relatable”, such as, for example, a nurse, teacher, postal worker, stay at home Mum/Dad, secretary and so on.

  29. I definitely want a beautiful uniform post about Chloe!

  30. Jenna says...

    This is my favourite home so far – I love all the beautiful bright colours and eclectic furniture! Also love that it’s a bit more budget friendly, a little easier to aspire to!

  31. Jasna says...

    Love, love, love this home so much!! Also, thanks for the advice regarding puting the bags in a nice basket! I was definitively looking for a solution where to keep my bags once I enter our apartment. They were on the couches or on the floors (don’t have wall hooks), always in the way and making the place seem untidy. So baskets are great idea!

  32. Thanks for baptizing my eyes with such beauty today. love the colours, her story, I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!!

  33. I adore the cheeriness!

  34. Bec B says...

    Loving Chloé’s daughters clothes, especially the yellow jumpsuit, beautiful

  35. Kim says...

    The orange plaid dress – *SWOON* Where oh where is it from??

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Hi Kim, it’s Ace & Jig!

  36. Amy P says...

    Those paper sculptures are great!

  37. Heather says...

    I absolutely LOVE her house! But mine is also so colorful! and I am also obsessed with baskets and have them all over my house, AND carry one as a purse too! Same with straw hats! Sometimes I think my house has too much color but seeing this helps me think, no way, just be you! And I really really love her dress!! Where is it from?

    • Heather says...

      And mine, not but mine!

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Hi! The dress is Ace & Jig!

  38. Leah says...

    Don’t get me wrong, her house is lovely and she has amazing style, but wow that’s a LOT of pink!

    • haha I know! I really try to go with less pink but with two little girls it’s hard!!! I always wondered how my home and style would be if I had two boys.

  39. I think my most favorite thing about this post was her daughter’s jump suit! The clothes are as whimsical and beautiful as the home…love.

  40. jilly says...

    love love love the vibe and especially the colors here! She really has the colors I love!

  41. Those girls are so adorable, and this is such a cheerful shoot. That being said, the minimalist in me feels straight up panicky over so much color and visual clutter. It’s fascinating how different each person’s style is!

  42. Rebecca says...

    Where is the colorful pillow from on her daughter’s bed?!?

  43. I love it! I love the bright blocks of colors and the random placements of art on the walls and the curls on her girls and the bold clothes she wears. Thank you for sharing your lovely home.

  44. Lily says...

    That yellow wall!

  45. Rachel says...

    I love this one! Sometimes I feel like my home is too colorful because that minimalist/beige look seems to be so popular right now. But this woman just owns color and makes her house look awesome. Cheers to individuality!

  46. Jen says...

    I love how bright and happy this home feels. Adorable little girls, too!

  47. Rachel says...

    The house is stunning, BUT I must know where Chloe and her daughters clothing is from! Those dresses!!!

    • Katie says...

      YES! My thought exactly. Thanks for any info.

    • Ace & Jig for my dress, Louise Misha and Monoprix for my girls ;) Thank you!

    • Mary says...

      Looks like Ace & Jig to me!

    • elise backinger says...

      Yes, more about the dresses. Please. So colorful and comfy.

    • Rachel says...

      My thoughts EXACTLY

  48. It is so refreshing to see so much color!

  49. Volha says...

    I love this bright and colorful house! The story about posting something you made on Instagram and turning that into a business is inspirational! And this beautiful dress! Where is it from?

  50. jac says...

    i want that dress. ace&jig?

  51. Shannon says...

    This house is so whimsical! I’m crossing all my fingers that Chloe has a beauty uniform or a week of outfits already or that one is happening…tomorrow? She’s as fun as her house!