Gina Rodriguez's Cali-Chic Living Room Makeover
Actress Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) had been craving a warm, comforting retreat where she can relax and unwind. Newly married, the Golden Globe Award-winning actress, who also runs her own production company, decided it was time to slow down and turn her focus to the home she shares with husband, Joe Locicero. But while Gina knew exactly what she wanted for her Los Angeles home, she knew it would take more to bring her vision to life.
When she reached out to us, Decorist Elite designer Sarah Ramirez of Found + Collected Design, instantly envisioned the home Gina wanted. "Gina has an effortlessness about her style," she says. "She’s welcoming, casual, and cool. It was important for her home to reflect her personality in the design, which fits right in with her relaxed California-bohemian aesthetic."
With coziness and casual comfort as her guiding principle, Sarah teamed up with Bed, Bath & Beyond on furnishings and transformed the home’s living room into a warm and spirited gathering spot. Now the heart of the home, it’s where Gina spends much of her time watching movies and relaxing with her two Havanese pups. Read on to see how Sarah's perfect living room makeover for Gina.
For Sarah, it was most important that the furnishings strike a balance of everyday ease and polished style. She started with the most significant anchor piece in the room. "The white sectional was the perfect foundation piece for a curated mix of throw pillows," says Sarah, who layered the comfy and functional seat with lots lush textiles that add bright notes of color and texture.
Sarah then layered in touches of natural woods, concrete, ceramics, and mixed metals to further play up a sense of warmth. "The light background of the area rug acted as the perfect bridge from the tonal white walls and sofa,” adds Sarah. “It also injected color along with a global-inspired pattern that instantly gave the room some bohemian personality.”
To complement the massive scale of the sectional, Sarah chose a singular statement piece of art. “The cactus print ties back to the bohemian inspiration,” she says. “Plants played a big role in the design from the beginning,” she adds of the greenery layered throughout the space. “I immediately incorporated them in my initial inspiration and brainstorming sketches, and Gina loved that. They not only brought color and added scale but also infused a bit of soul into the room."
“The collection of coffee table books was curated just for Gina," says Sarah. "The themes range from fun Los Angeles art and architecture to unique interior design.” She also accented surfaces with an array of rustic pottery and vessels that reiterate the overall California boho ethos. They contribute to the earthy palette of terra-cotta, indigo, and sage in the room but also make for clean-lined elements that lend modern crispness throughout. A brass floor lamp rounds out one corner with a hint of glimmer.
Given the living room’s small footprint, maximizing every inch for function with style was paramount. "A priority for the overall space was ensuring there was ample seating that didn’t just look beautiful but was also comfortable.” To achieve that, Sarah opted for leather woven chairs in a corner to keep open the traffic flow in the room. “It’s a secondary seating moment that creates a place for conversation or a cocktail,” she says. To enliven the corner, she hung a metallic round mirror for a chic focal point and tall rustic planters and a tall tree, which help to cozy up the area.
"I wanted the room to feel cozy and fresh all at once,” says Sarah of Gina’s new living room haven. The space now perfectly accommodates the actress’s casual Cali-cool sensibility and lifestyle. "I especially loved the way the little details subtly tie the room together," she says.