The Interior Design Duo of Bungalow 56 Talk Tips and Style
Written By: Keri Bridgwater
Photography Provided By: Kristen Vincent Photography and Samantha Goh
Combining career expertise from the worlds of fashion, architecture and furnishings, Jessica Nicolls and Karyn Frazier founded their award-winning interior design firm, Bungalow 56, two years ago. Based in Coronado, the talented team specialize in new construction and full-service interior projects, from kitchen and bathroom remodels to decorating and home styling services. Clients gravitate to Bungalow 56 for its clean yet classic aesthetic––think gorgeously curated spaces for modern living that incorporate organic and contemporary elements. In addition to design services, Nicolls and Frazier also curate an online and brick and mortar boutique packed with home décor and accessories.
Mix and Match
“We love to mix traditional with a few unsuspecting elements in our designs. Layer trendier items and add color with accessories so you can swap these out as your style evolves.”—Karyn Frazier
Stroke of Genius
“The simplest way to transform a room is with a fresh coat of paint. Next year’s color trends favor warm grays, deep blues, green and charcoal tones, but when in doubt a warm white like Benjamin Moore’s “White Dove” creates the perfect neutral backdrop.”—Jessica Nicolls
Don’t Go Overboard
“Our golden rule when styling a home is that less is more––spaces just feel better when they aren’t cluttered or overdone. Having lots of tiny accessories is a definite no-no.”—Karyn Frazier
Paper Beats Scissors
“Wallpaper has made a comeback––it’s such a fun way to make a room pop. We’ll use patterned wallpaper in a laundry room, turning a less exciting space into somewhere you actually want to spend time in.”—Jessica Nicolls
“For a beautifully styled coffee table, group accessories in odd numbers. Threes or fives work best. Inside a tray, arrange a luxury candle and decorative figurine alongside a pair of stacked books.”—Karyn Frazier
Besties: As best friends and business partners with complementary tastes, when stuck creatively, the designers brainstorm or trade-off on a particular part of a project. Sometimes it takes a fresh eye or perspective to finish off a space.
Global Flair: The duo loves sourcing decor, whether it’s a piece of antique furniture from a flea market or treasures from overseas. Recent finds include vintage fabric pillow covers from Morocco and wallpaper from Paris.
1016 C Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
Keri Bridgwater is a freelance writer covering travel and lifestyle. Her work has been featured in Fodor’s Travel, Marie Claire, Matador Network and InsideHook, among other outlets and publications.