Though Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy have been married since 2019, the Dancing with the Stars couple didn’t purchase their first house together until the middle of the pandemic. So when it came to decorating the 2,977-square-foot Tarzana, California home, which was recently featured in People, the duo had to get creative.
Lockdowns and quarantines meant virtual consultations were the only option, so Jenna and Val connected with Havenly designer Heather Goerzen to fully furnish their living room. While the trio may have been miles apart, it was easy to agree on a West Coast cozy chic aesthetic to warm up the blank canvas space.
Dreaming in Earth tones
Goerzen achieved a balance of comfort and elegance with a tranquil palette of trending earth tones. This calming color scheme was informed by original elements like rustic, honey-hued hardwood floors and a blue, Moroccan-style tile fireplace. “The fireplace was a must-spotlight feature for Jenna and Val,” she explains. “The tile adds a sense of history and charm, as well as a stunning pop of pattern and color.”
Dusty blues, along with shades of beige, rust, and cream, are repeated throughout the decor with stylish furniture like a pair of structured Anthropologie Graham Armchairs, a plush Maiden Home sofa, and two rounded bouclé swivel chairs from CB2 that Johnson loves. “This chair is amazing,” she tells People in a video tour. “It looks like a little igloo — super cute and cozy.”
Layering in artisan elements
For a lived-in, layered vibe, Goerzen incorporated vintage-inspired textiles and organic textures like small jute poufs, a rattan side table, and a dramatic live edge teak coffee table. “It’s absolutely show-stopping,” she gushes. “Richly-grained wood, with its natural holes and carvings, makes for a statement piece to anchor the seating area.”
Telling a personal story
The couple’s personality is expressed in details like a ballerina sketch that nods to their dance connection and an arched McGee & Co. curio cabinet where they can display beloved artwork, pottery and books. “This was one of those have-to-have-it pieces that really enhances the design,” Goerzen shares. “The cathedral window shape and traditional paned glass make it a timeless treasure. It was backordered for quite a bit, but certainly worth the wait.”
The combination of relaxing neutrals, contrasting materials, and inviting seats provides the effortless-yet-curated look Jenna and Val were seeking. “We are so grateful that Havenly completely made our vision come to life,” Johnson effuses to People. It’s all in a day’s work.
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