So the first design assistant I hired when I came back to work after pregnancy and maternity leave 5 years ago was this cool girl named Melanie Burstin, a young actress and comedienne from NYC who'd been running an art gallery in Beverly Hills and really wanted to transition into the world of interior design.  She made the bold and gutsy move of cold calling (actually I think it was an email I received) a bunch of interior designers around town whose worked she loved.  Her ambition and fearlessness paid off, we met for coffee one day, and the rest is history! 
Mel spent a few years learning the ropes at RBD, and quickly became completely essential as we grew the business exponentially when we transitioned from a small, tucked away design studio in Silverlake to our flagship store Clad Home on Melrose Ave in East Hollywood.  I could NOT have done all of that without Mel, no way no how.

So it was exciting for all of us when Mel's next career step after RBD was straight into a job with superstar designer Emily Henderson.  Pretty cool, right? Total follow-your-dreams success story.

Now Melanie is an EHD and Homepolish designer and her own stylish apartment is about to be featured in the Makeover Takeover series on the EHD blog.  We're psyched because of course Mel remains loyal to our line of Clad Home custom furnishing for all her projects, and we love to see her work her magic with our stuff!   
Here's the mood board for her newly re-designed living room (hey what's up with that super unique and different wood frame sofa?  A Clad Home original, ya'll!)
A couple of other gorgeous Melanie Burstin-designed spaces showcasing Clad Home sofas...

Follow along with Melanie's Makeover Takeover here!  (We'll post the progress updates as they unfold.) 


Hello friends!  Summer is humming along here in LA and we're happy to report that both RBD and Clad Home are bizzy bizzy with great projects and the coolest clients around. We're preparing for a couple big project photo shoots just around the corner and you know what that means: lots of new room reveals and juicy "before & after" posts!

We love the organic modern simplicity of this dining room, and we think the various elements in this space make it a great room for you to be able to recreate yourself. 

Check it out...

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The table is the most important, and often most expensive, part of your dining room. We picked out pieces from both lower and higher price points to give you some options for different budgets.



 Everything is sourced from box stores and online vendors to make it easy on you. We think this mix gives you a similar look for a fraction of the price of the inspo room.

Tag us on Instagram @rosabeltrandesign hashtag #roomrevamp to show us your take on this space!



Maybe you've noticed, I'm a huge fan of decorating with cognac leather. The warm, rich hue provides a for much brighter look than black or brown leather can achieve.  Whether you mix it in with neutrals or deep jewel tones, it just always works.

Here's a vintage Danish Westnofa chair I scored on Craigslist, in my own living room from about 2 houses ago (still have and love the chair) ....

And a custom Clad Home tufted cognac leather daybed from our clients' Los Feliz English Colonial ...

A bit more cognac leather inspo ...

Here is a round up of our favorite pieces on the market in this gorgeous tone of leather:

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And don't forget that any piece from our Clad Home Upholstery collection can be done in leather too! (Or send us your own inspiration furniture to make a reality.) 

Just for funsies, show us how you use cognac leather in your home by tagging us on Instagram (@rosabeltrandesign) using the hashtag #comingupcognac. 



Woohoo!  One of our favorite designers Emily Henderson just included a bunch of Clad Home designs in a round-up of her favorite sleeper sofas.  

You've probably already caught on to the fact that at Clad Home we happily work with you to fully customize your furniture to your exact specifications (like, down to the last inch.)  

We carry a constantly-growing collection of Clad Home designs on our website available for nationwide shipping, and we can also make your dream sofa, even if it's not one of ours.  Just send us a photo for a price quote!

Here's how it works with sleeper sofas:

You can add a pull-out bed (full or queen size) to any sofa or sectional, and we won't price gauge you for it either.  That's because we take our slogan #designforthepeople to heart, and we're serious about providing everyone with fine custom furniture at accessible, people-friendly prices.

With that in mind, we'll outfit your sofa with a traditional spring mattress pull-out for +$500, or a super comfy memory foam mattress pull-out for +$700. 

(Incidentally, I've have plenty of guests sleep on my memory foam Clad Home sleeper sofa, as well as having tried it out myself, and I can honestly say it's far comfier than those horrible sleeper sofas of the past where you always seemed to have a bar in your back.) 

Emily's top Clad Home picks are our MelroseRodney, and Whittier sofas:

MELROSE from $1020 

                                                        RODNEY from $1325 

                                              WHITTIER from $1020

The last thing to keep in mind is that in order to hide the sleeper mechanism a sofa's feet must be only 1"-2" tall max, because the sofa frame beneath the seat cushion should be a minimum of 10" tall.  Which means the style of feet may have to change a bit, but since we hand-draw each and every Clad Home order, you'll get to see a sketch of your sofa and approve the look of it before it goes into production.  We'll help you to get the look and style of your piece just right!

We're happy to report that sleeper sofas no longer have to be ugly OR uncomfortable!



We have a fun repeat client named Matt who we love working with because he's got great taste and lots of good ideas.  Actually he started out as my chiropractor when I first moved to LA, and quickly became both a friend and a design client.  (He's still my chiropractor, in case you ever need a good one in LA, and he's a gem ... Matt even made a house call to adjust me when I was about 40 hours into my loooong labor with Benicio!) 

Anyhow over the years we've remodeled Matt's office both inside and out, and this time we tackled the galley kitchen of he and his boyfriend's cute bungalow in Atwater Village.

It started out very rustic and woodsy and terribly lacking in usable storage space ... but with great appliances!  (Love that hood.) 

Our first pick was this great budget conscious cabinetry from Semi Handmade Doors. They sell unfinished cabinet doors made to fit Ikea cabinet boxes.  Matt had the doors professionally painted by a guy who came recommended by the cabinet company.  It's a pretty foolproof way to design a budget kitchen that looks fully custom. The Ikea kitchen designers will help you get all your dimensions and layout just right, and then you send your plan over to the guys at Semi Handmade and they tell you exactly what you need to order in terms of cabinet fronts and filler/side panels!

In my opinion you can't ever go wrong with classic shaker-style cabinet doors ...

Since we didn't have to buy appliances we got to splurge on the marble tile backsplach which runs all the way to the ceiling.  It's Calacatta Gold which has warmer veining and undertones than your usual cool blue-grey Carrara Marble.  We got ours from a local showroom, but it's also sold here for $15/ft

I love the the way Matt chose to install the tile all lined up rather than in the usual running bond pattern that you most often see with subway tile.  

This is a really narrow galley kitchen, so lining it with lots of upper cabinets would have made it feel too closed in and cramped.  Free floating shelves in solid walnut were a good solution for a bit of added storage.

Et voila! The transformation from dark and cramped to sunny and open is complete!

Cabinetry: Semi Handmade
Cabinet Hardware: Lewis Dolin Oil Rubbed Bronze
Large Strap Shelf Bracket: Rejuvenation
Sconce: Rejuvenation
Calacatta Gold Subway Tile: Cosmos Flooring
Faucet: Delta
Overhead Light: Home Depot World Imports





This gorgeous living room designed by Spanish interior designer Maria Llado demonstrates how layered accessories can bring a neutral color palette to life. She uses a mix of antiques, luxe textures, and mod furnishings to achieve a soothing, well curated look. 

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Show us your take on this space! Hashtag #roomrevamp and tag us on Instagram @rosabeltrandesign.





Recently I gave you the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Homepolish tour of a luxe master bath remodel we did.  

Part 2 of that project was actually a second, smaller bath that was connected to the master, which never made much sense in the scheme of things.  Why have 2 full baths connected by a doorway?  No need.  So we walled over the door between the two rooms and gave bath #2 a distinct personality all it's own.


It started off feeling SO small and dark and cramped.  The walled-off shower blocked all sight lines and broke up the whole space.  The vanity was oddly long for a single sink.  And obviously the pink tile and retro cabinets were original to the 1930s home.

This room had no windows or natural light so we opted for lots of bright white tile anchored by charcoal floors and matte black hardware.  Rubbed brass accents and the warm wood tone of the custom walnut vanity warm the palette.  

Whenever I'm working with a windowless space I try, if at all possible, to steal some light from adjacent rooms.  In this case we changed out the solid wood panel in the bathroom door for an opaque glass panel that lets light in from the adjoining bright office.  (In a different project we employed my fave trick of adding transom windows above the door, the perfect fix for windowless rooms or for letting some light spill into dark corridors.)    

My favorite part of this space is the way the styling brought it to life. The bathroom is currently the domain of the homeowner's teenage son, so we ran with the vibe of a gentleman's bath.

Here it is pre-styling.  Still a nice crisp look ...

But not nearly as interesting as after some stylish and masculine apothecary-style accessories.  Loving this look ...


We lucked out because it just so happens that our friend Alfredo is co-creator of Brooklyn Grooming, a line of men's grooming products (I think they now make stuff for women too thank God) that places as much emphasis on the artistry of the packaging as it does on the quality of the artisanal ingredients. Alfredo hooked us up and his goodies literally upped our game in this bathroom by about 1000%.

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via Brooklyn Grooming 
via Brooklyn Grooming
Alfredo hand draws the beautifully designed labels and believe me, this is countertop 
clutter you can feel good about.  I'm thinking father's day, you guys!

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Just like in the master bath, the floor tile is a matte finish, dark grey concrete tile from Arto Brick, but this time in a more masculine linear geometric pattern than the curvy scallop shape we used next door

And that's a wrap on this double bathroom remodel.  If you like seeing these bathroom transformations, our current Homepolish #altadenaspanishmodern project includes entire overhauls of no fewer than 4 bathrooms in one house, so stay tuned!

Floor Tile: Arto Brick
Vanity: Custom
Towel RingRejuvenation
Accessories & Grooming Products: Brooklyn Grooming
Black & White Print: Marc Royce
Vanity Sconce: Restoration Hardware


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