This Santa Monica couple wanted to feel at home like a day at the spa

If you want your home to feel like a luxury spa, why not hire a decorator who has designed some of the best in the world?

Austin Fite, 74, a retired internist, and his wife, Lauren Fite, 67, a former medical assistant, bought a 2,200-square-foot apartment overlooking Santa Monica Pier in California for their retirement years.

“I wanted a clean, modern space with lots of texture,” says Mrs. Fite of her choice of Clodagh, a one-name designer with a minimalist aesthetic. The couple, downsizing from a nearby home, spent $ 1 million on the renovation – about double the original budget. The project took a year.

Irish born Clodagh heads Clodagh Design in New York City. The company has designed spas and hotels around the world including Miraval Berkshires and Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal. The Fites became aware of Clodagh’s work while viewing a model apartment in an adjacent building and then contacted her.

She gutted the room and revised the floor plan by converting the three-room apartment into a two-room apartment with a media room and an open living and dining area. The apartment has 2½ bathrooms. A neutral color palette with walls made of textured gray metal plaster and cream-colored linen allows light-flooded rooms to merge seamlessly. There are two terraces.

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