Style At Home: Maya Brenner Designs

Written by on November 15, 2011 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 21 Comments

Photography: Sarah Yates

For Los Angeles jewelry designer Maya Brenner, what originally began as a therapeutic outlet quickly evolved into a passionate career path. A peek inside (and outside!) her homey retreat reveals pristine wooden flooring, rich undertones, warm lighting, and unexpected accessories. From a family-friendly color palette (her kids’ rooms are equally stylish) to an awesome tree house out back, Maya’s cozy abode is as stylish as it is inviting.

Maya’s arm party consists of her own delicate designs with black diamonds, a gold “M” and Chrysophase stone.  She layers these with her Stella & Dot Serpent bangle and Renegade Cluster bracelet.

What inspired you to begin designing jewelry?
As a child, I always loved stones and beads. I used to take apart my mother’s hippie turquoise jewelry and re-work it.  But I viewed this as a hobby, and when it came time to choose a career, I pursued a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  I started making jewelry on the side as “therapy” to alleviate stresses from my job.  I wore some necklaces on the streets of Manhattan and women literally wanted to buy the jewelry off of my neck.  A business was born!

“The Persian rug was originally a rather bland color that was dyed to still allow the pattern and detail to show through. Michael Muller took the amazing underwater photograph of my son, which was a Father’s Day gift to my husband this year.”

Describe your collection! Who do you envision wearing your products?
The jewelry in my collection tends to be delicate but it still makes a style statement. I design classic pieces that are personalized, feminine, and fun. And I think this versatility in my jewelry appeals to a variety of women with a range of styles.

Maya’s husband is a reality TV producer and was awarded the Emmy for his work on “The Amazing Race.”

“The fabric on the chair is Oscar de la Renta. Need I say more? Swoon!”

What is the most rewarding part about owning such a successful business?
I love being my own boss and getting to work from home when I can. But the most rewarding part is seeing people react positively to something that I’ve created!

On the mantle is an embroidery by Maya’s friend and “A Bloomsbury Life” blogger, Lisa Borgnes Giramonti.  The metal sculpture is by Maya’s grandfather, Art Brenner.

In what way(s) is your jewelry unique?
I’ve been designing jewelry since 1998, so my designs are constantly evolving.  But one thing that I always try to do is design what I want to wear at that moment. I like to take a trend and make it into something that will never go out of style.  I’ve been lucky enough over the years to have lots of people respond to that.

Another embroidery by Lisa Brognes Giramonti hangs on the wall in the stairwell.  Maya wears a dress by Parker (similar) and boots by Isabel Marant (similar).

“Every girl needs a little bit of Paris with her! Maya wanted some brightness to go with the black and white floor in the kitchen, so she chose French bistro chairs in a variety of colors. The table is vintage and the clock is from Design Within Reach.

“I love taking quiet time like this to drink tea and read a magazine.  It doesn’t happen often since mornings are spent rushing the kids out the door for school, but at least I can look stylish doing it.” Maya wears jeans by Current/Elliot and a silk shrug by Winter Kate (similar).

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  • Jordan

    she is beautiful and so is her jewelry. i wasnt familiar with her work before – thanks for the introduction!

  • mandy

    That bathroom wallpaper is my favorite ever! What a great home!

  • StyleStruck

    Love the treehouse!

  • Emily

    Fabulous spread! Love her own designs and the ones for Stella & Dot!

  • Kristina Gulino

    She’s got great design sense. I love that her home doesn’t look like every other girls. Great photos!

    Kristina Gulino
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  • Amanda

    Maya looks fantastic, great feature!

  • Heather Stephens

    I love her designs! I wear my Maya Brenner designed Stella & Dot On the Mark necklace everyday…. I also have one of Maya’s State Necklaces… I have the State of Maine and she even was able to put a diamond where Mount Desert Island is on the boarder!. She just makes the most beautful layering pieces… so very giftable!

  • sarah

    i just have to say maya is as sweet as she is pretty, talented and stylish. love this!

  • Lexi

    Absolutely love this post – her designs, her clothes, her home – all of it is perfect!

    Lexi xx

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  • Sara @ Gameday Stylist

    Love that chair with the Oscar de la Renta fabric!

  • Maya Brenner

    Aww-thanks everyone for all the nice words!!! Loved doing the shoot and it’s so fun to see it.

  • Susan S

    What an awesome combination of beauty and love everywhere–The collection of photos shows creativity and style–one of the last photos shows it all as Maya stands with her two beautiful children in the tree house that will take them all to the stars–where Maya already dwells–great job of a photo collection that emphasizes charm, whimsy and joy if life!

  • Shamini

    the home deco is absolutely gorgeous …
    and i love the kitchen especially … and the way Maya walks around barefeet !

  • Jenny Hammond

    Hi Miss Maya. remember me? Jenny Peacock? We went to SRHS together! My friend Wendy Klinker is a stylist for Stella & Dot. I had bought a few pieces at a party and then discovered they were designed by you. It was a wonderful surprise. I am glad you are doing what you love to do and are so successful at it. Your kids are beautiful and you look the same (beautiful)! Feel free to send me an email if you ever have a free moment. I am still in good touch with friends you know very well from HS. XOXO Jenny

  • dana

    ack! I spotted bybliss (sp) perfume in the background! too sweet! I wore that in HS and loved it! gotta love the classics and she is a classy lady! I want my home to look like that when I grow up

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    book shelf beauty!

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