Brigette Romanek’s Guide to Golden State Living

The in-demand interior designer behind C Magazine’s Studio C shares her local haunts


Where do you live? 
Laurel Canyon. I love the history, the vibe, the community.

Where did you grow up? 
Culver City, Studio City, Palos Verdes and Hollywood.


Favorite beach? 
Carmel Beach — and that 17-Mile Drive. I’ve been going since I was a kid. It never gets old.

Favorite getaway? 
Ojai. It’s 90 minutes away and feels like another time and place. Thacher House is so serene. The owner makes you fresh foods picked from his garden for breakfast and lunch.

Favorite restaurant? 
Sushi Park. I order the chef’s choice every time.

Favorite hotel? 
Chateau Marmont — the bungalows. It’s relaxed, cool, fun and has a homey vibe. And you always run into friends there and have an impromptu drink or meal.


Favorite bar? 
The Wolves in Downtown L.A. It’s beautiful, with an Old World feel, but fresh at the same time. It’s a great place to unwind.

Favorite drink?
Vodka martini with a lemon twist.


Favorite store?
JF Chen. It’s a designer’s dream. This store takes me on a journey every time. And if Joel [Chen] is there, you get stories about the pieces.


Favorite museum? 
The Getty Center — the location, the surroundings, the art, the building, the history, the stories.


Favorite California vineyard? 
St. Helena’s Orin Swift.

Where do you take visiting friends? 
To the Hollywood Bowl for outdoor concerts. It’s magical.

What’s your daily uniform? 
Right now, all I care about are dresses. A good dress can make me feel feminine and strong, and that sets the tone.

What do you wear in the evening? 
Rodarte, Rosetta Getty, Gucci and Jenni Kayne. An eclectic mix — just like my interiors.


Favorite beauty products? 
Dr. Barbara Sturm, Chanel Beauty, Moon Juice’s Beauty Shroom, Shiva Rose and oils from Whole Foods.

Favorite candle? 
Terre Noire by Mad et Len. It’s divine, with a warm, heavy scent.

Favorite spa? 
Olympic Spa in Koreatown for a good old-fashioned scrub down.

Which car do you drive?
A Tesla Model S.

Favorite drive? 
Any road that leads me home.


Feature image: Fireworks at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL.


This story originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of C Magazine.

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