Alexandra Cole and Lindsay Stokes Kennedy of Kennedy Cole Interior Design.
For Alexandra Cole and Lindsay Stokes Kennedy, interior design is all about finetuned details and functionality.
A force to be reckoned with in the interior design industry, co-owners and principal designers Lindsay Stokes Kennedy and Alexandra Cole of Huntington Beach’s Kennedy Cole Interior Design know what it takes to give each client exactly what they want. Their philosophy is simple: Every design project should result in an intimate experience where the client and their desires come first. It’s that approach that gives the design duo the opportunity to truly understand how each homeowner lives. “We put a lot of effort into understanding the client—how they function, what life is like when they get home from work, how they entertain,” says Cole. “Then, when we start to dive into color palettes and textures, each intentional choice is driven by function, and the pretty things come together much more easily.”
Dramatic wall tiles and a floating vanity add flair to this masculine yet sophisticated bathroom.
After meeting through an internship at a local design firm, the pair teamed up in 2018 to form Three Salt Design Co. Now, 2021 has ushered in a fresh chapter for Stokes Kennedy and Cole, who have taken time to rebrand, rebuild and come back better than ever under a new name and with a revitalized energy. Specializing in residential design, Kennedy Cole’s services take homeowners from concept to completion. “Our services center around full-service interior design, consisting of large remodels and renovations, as well as new construction,” notes Cole. “We include every detail of home assistance, and work with custom builders and local artisans to make each home come to life.”
When it comes to the duo’s design process, honoring the lifestyle of the client is one of the most important steps. “Do you want a white sofa but have a Great Dane that’s actually the boss? Performance fabric it is! We’re only able to make dreams come true if we fully understand how you live and want to live,” says Stokes Kennedy. “We blend those important details with our staple concepts, ensuring that each space we touch is timeless, striking and defined. That formula has allowed us to curate authentically beautiful homes. We’re not only here to throw some paint on the walls, but are deeply involved in your life for the next year or so, and we take that very seriously.”
Bold custom dining chairs punctuate this dazzling dining room.
As for what’s next for the designers, the creatives are focused on continuously evolving. “We want to be challenged creatively and build a team of amazing women who work hard and are proud of the work they do,” shares Cole. “If we can design some villas on the coast of Mexico or Liberia sometime soon, that wouldn’t be bad either.” By appointment only, 7501 Slater Ave., Ste. C, Huntington Beach, 714.657.3558, kennedycoleinteriordesign.com
How to Elevate Any Space According to Kennedy Cole Interior Design
1. Utilize textiles. On a small scale, that means updating your pillows. In larger instances, custom window treatments and a quality rug that fits the scale of the room and infuses pattern and texture could be the major impact a home needs to feel brand-new.
2. Reimagine your layout. Sometimes we enter a space and feel like we need to use each designated space as it was presented. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we need to reimagine our homes for our lifestyle. If that means the dining room is now a gym, then so be it!
3. Trust the professionals. Our suggestions are based on years of experience, feedback and endless inspiration, and we can often suggest ideas you may have never even considered.
4. Illuminate your space. Lighting is truly the jewel of the home. Switching out a dated fixture for something more current can instantly elevate a room.
Photography by: Chad Mellon