Sometimes no matter how much you love a design, there comes a point in time where it desperately needs a refresh. For Anita Yokota, a California-based interior designer behind an award-winning blog, this urge to update came in the form of her master bedroom. Her personal style, which she describes as “California-Cool-Scandinavian-Minimalist,” shines through in every room of the home that she shares with her husband and 3 young daughters. Since being featured on Front + Main last year, Anita’s design blog was named Best New Design Blog by Domino Magazine! Currently, Anita has design clients that she works with alongside producing content for her fans on the blog and on her Instagram. She says she’s excited to be able to pursue her passion every day and be recognized for it.
Their previous bedroom, which skewed more boho-chic than minimalist, had a wealth of color, pattern, and texture which she loved at the time. However, she has veered more to the Scandi-minimalist aesthetic lately, a style she says she’s always secretly loved since the 5th grade. Now, the room feels modern, sophisticated, and welcoming with a hint of Mid-Century. Check it out below!
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“Funny story: I did a DIY for removable wallpaper and picked a very fun, colorful print of peacocks in turquoise and black tones. My husband was not amused. As a firm believer that both of us should be happy in our haven, my Christmas present to him was to take down the wallpaper. He loves neutral and minimalist tones and style. I do too! My dad is an architect and since 5th grade, I have adored the clean lines Scandinavian design emphasizes. We had existing Mid-Century Modern nightstands, so the design had to incorporate that style too. We painted the farmhouse blue gray walls to white. From there, the west elm Rhyan Bed really led the design.”
Anita wanted this room to ultimately feel like a relaxing safe-haven for her entire family with a serene and spa-like vibe. Having three young girls in the house means very little relaxation and downtime, so it was important for this space to feel like a retreat. Using neutral tones throughout allowed for this space to feel airy and breathable, while colorful textiles allowed Anita to still play with her designs and keep things fun and unique.
Anita describes the biggest challenge as marrying her and her husband’s different styles seamlessly. “I am definitely more brave and bold. So this room embodies neutral tonal themes for him, but my love for patterns and textures and prints still co-exist in that neutral tone.”
When asked what she loves most about the new space, Anita says “we love our west elm bed! This is our FIRST official bed! Can you believe it? (We have been married 16 years). For years we had no headboard. Then we got a $79 headboard when we finally got a new mattress. That was many years ago. We are so excited to have a real piece of beautiful furniture to sleep in every night! As we have grown in our marriage, investing in quality designed furniture has become important to us. It has been fun to design our space together!”