When Keltie Knight bought a fixer-upper home with her husband two years ago, she knew that she had her work cut out for her. The home–located in LA’s historical district, demanded a gut renovation–something of a daunting task for even the most design-savvy individuals. That being said, the Emmy award winner, Entertainment Tonight host, and founder of the podcast-turned-TV show is no stranger to a fast pace and busy schedule. “I fell in love with the bones of the home, and especially loved the circular bedroom,” she says.
When it came time to craft her cozy abode, Keltie knew everything had to be perfect. After almost a year of sleeping on a mattress on the floor, Keltie was excited and enthusiastic about kick-starting the redo.
Keltie is a self-proclaimed design nerd. While she may lack the professional acumen, she finds solace in design blogs, crafts her Instagram around homemaking, and sure knows how to fill a shopping cart. To ensure her vision for the space was properly executed, Keltie enlisted designer Kylee Trunck, who she found through the website’s mobile app.
The room’s blank canvas and unique architecture allowed for Keltie and Kylee to have full autonomy in the redesign. “Keltie’s style is very eclectic. She came into this process with a few ideas and ultimately decided on one with a slight boho vibe,” Kylee says.
The design of the entire home is grounded in a black and white palette, with a perfectly curated assortment of plants, and a beachy, East Coast chicness. “It’s a California-cool house,” Keltie says. And just as the rest of the home invites us to dance around barefoot in a sundress (an activity that Keltie proudly admits to), the bedroom is simply an extension of that vibe.
For Keltie and her husband Chris, form and function were equally important in the bedroom. “Chris is huge, so we needed a giant bed, and figured ‘why not make it show-stopping?’” Keltie explains. The entire space is weaved with elegant, custom accents that suit her and her husband’s personal needs. Fully wired side tables and reading lights were installed on either side of the bed, so Keltie could stay up late and read. A reading nook was added in an effort to uphold Keltie’s no-TVs-in-the-bedroom rule. A fireplace was Keltie’s life-long dream. The bedroom’s unique, personalized touches not only accommodate Keltie’s lifestyle, they also add cozy layers to the space that feel special and one-of-a-kind. “We’re transient and bicoastal, so weaving in these custom touches helped the space feel more like home.”
High ceilings and exposed beams lent an "effortless charm" in the space. So, like any rational design-lover, Keltie decided to sand down the beams to remove the red stain, while opting for white walls to accentuate the height. Wall paneling was added behind the bed in an effort to “do something fabulous,” a sort of modern spin on traditional shiplap. To enliven the traditionalist black and white palette, Kylee worked with texture to give the space a sense of depth and layer. “Add a couple patterns in the rug and pillows and the space comes to life!” Kylee says.
While Keltie may have begun the redo with “[nothing but] books, plants and wedding vows,” she began collecting decor as the redo took place, including Rwandan “peace baskets” she bought on a recent trip, which she displays as wall art. “The baskets, the books, and the photos are really what gave the space its ‘soul’,” Keltie says.