The Brains Behind Bungalow 56 Dish on What Interior Design Trends Will Make a Comeback

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


Finishing Touches

“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.

Bungalow 56
1016 C Ave
Coronado, CA 92118

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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.


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