Everything you need to create your first home sweet home.
1 The Los Angeles-based design studio Capsule makes the kind of relaxed, modern furniture and decor that’s perfect for the California couple. Working with a coterie of design talent, including L.A.’s own Eric Lin and Chris Earl, they focus on unique, timeless pieces that adapt to a new family’s needs. “Modularity plays a key role,” says Creative Director Tiffany Fong. “Furniture can grow and expand as homes change.” A few standouts: the Cameron Sofa, “comfy enough for Netflix binges,” and the Ovoid tables that can be clustered or stand alone. Whatever the choice, Fong advises that newlyweds collect over time. “I think there’s something lovely about starting out with the necessities and curating together as a couple,” she says. “It makes every piece that much more meaningful.” capsulehome.com
2 “Choosing stationery—whether you have changed your name or moved in together and have a new address—is always a special process for a new couple, and we love incorporating things like a detail from a house (a lion’s-head door knocker) or a family crest,” says Jacqueline Kotts, owner of Mrs. John L. Strong. The luxury stationery purveyor has designed cards for a pedigreed clientele including such legendary California couples as the late President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan. mrsstrong.com
3 The appropriately titled Move-in Day Box from online bedding vendor Hill House Home covers a couple’s sleep needs for the first night in a new home. Materials vary from percale to sateen and colorways include pure white, fire red, powder blue and more, with each tailored to usher in a smooth beginning. hillhousehome.com
4 Laurel & Wolf offers a stress-free option for the daunting task of merging spaces and styles, whether refurbishing a room or an entire abode. The West Hollywood-based company sources a designer to hone your aesthetic—be it modern eclectic or rustic glam—and handles all of the legwork (style boards, shopping, ordering, tracking). The process is done entirely online for a flat fee starting from $149 (plus the cost of selected merchandise). “We help couples achieve a space that’s cohesive, yet also showcases each person’s style,” says Leura Fine, CEO and founder. The expert will also act as diplomat when you can’t agree on a bachelor-pad armchair. “We’re happy to be the ‘tiebreaker’ in those tough instances,” says Fine. “Our goal is to design the best possible space.” laurelandwolf.com
5 “Nothing says, ‘You are living in a real house now,’ quite like triple boxwoods flanking the front door,” says Stephen Block, owner of Inner Gardens. His Culver City-based nursery is the go-to source for L.A. designers, landscapers and tastemakers alike. In Orange County, Roger’s Gardens specializes in offering indoor plant design consultations on everything from seasonal suggestions to water strategies—and will even provide the delivery and setup. Inner Gardens, 5838 Perry Dr., Culver City, 310-838-8378; innergardens.com. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, 949-640-5800. rogersgardens.com
6 After a year of obsessing over decisions on everything from the ultimate wedding processional to a signature reception cocktail, newlyweds will appreciate that innovative, online mattress company Casper offers only one covetable option (voted one of Time magazine’s best inventions of 2015). Same-day delivery is available in L.A., S.F., and N.Y., and you can test-drive your mattress at the Venice showroom, at select West Elm stores, or even at home with the 100-night trial before sealing the deal. 1509 Abbot Kinney Blvd., 888-498-0003. casper.com
Written by Kerstin Czarra and Andrea Stanford.