Mompreneur Maya Brenner is no stranger to cool, classic style. In fact, as the founder of her own celeb-approved eponymous jewelry line, she’s a verifiable expert in all things modern, memorable and noteworthy. Created in 1998, Maya Brenner Designs has graced the likes of Eva Longoria, Rachel Bilson and Reese Witherspoon, and has been featured on TV shows and in magazines like Cosmopolitan and “Sex and the City.” Maya’s jewelry is both fun and quirky, simple and timeless, making it easy to see why it has gained such a star-studded following over the years. Filled with distinctive details and chic touches, Maya’s home is clearly indicative of her effortless flair for thoughtful design. Check out the photos below to get a peek into her warm, one-of-a-kind space.
To see Maya’s past home tour on Glitter Guide head here.
Tell us about Maya Brenner Designs. When did you know that you were destined for life as a creative entrepreneur?
That actually took longer than you’d expect. I always wanted a “proper” career—one with benefits, etc.—and treated my love for jewelry just as a hobby for many years. It wasn’t until my career as a social worker became stressful and I was struggling financially that I started selling jewelry on the side. I don’t think of myself as business-minded, necessarily—I’m more of a creative type—but if I’ve learned anything over the past 16 years, it’s that always trusting your gut definitely pays off.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m very eclectic when it comes to dressing. While I tend to gravitate toward more feminine styles (anything with crochet will do), I still like to mix it up. For example, I will do “chic/hippie” one day, and “edgy/preppy” the next. You’ll never catch me wearing just one style. If I’m in a flowy, bohemian dress, I’ll accessorize it with sleek, modern flats.
How do you balance running a successful business with being a mom?
One of the benefits of running my own business is not being tied down to a set schedule. I can go to the office in the morning and be home early enough to be there for my kids after school. They know that I might need to jump on a call or answer emails—the juggle is constant and never easy. To make it work, I have really good household help, an amazing boyfriend and a mom who will always fly in if needed. I love the quote “it takes a village” because it’s so true.
What do you always have on your bedside table?
Fresh Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm, a picture of my kids, a bag of candy and a Vanity Fair magazine.
What were some of the goals that you kept in mind while designing your home? Let us in on your process.
As soon as we saw the house, we knew it was our dream home, but it was going to take a lot of work to turn a 1980s hodgepodge design into a mid-century ranch house. We gutted the bathrooms and the kitchen and painted everything in “Swiss Coffee” white for a clean palette so we could add lots of colorful accents throughout. In order to keep the atmosphere light and airy, we added two sets of large panoramic doors in the living room and dining room and changed out all the opaque skylights for clear ones. The brass fixtures in the master bath read very “elegant,” so we installed a custom vanity from a local craftsman and concrete tiles on the floor to make it feel modern. The leather Chesterfield sofa in the family room was found on Craigslist, and we collected the mix-and-match wooden chairs in our dining area from used furniture stores throughout Los Angeles. The house had an immediate lived-in feel, which works great for our family. The indoor/outdoor flow and huge swimming pool makes it perfect for entertaining, too.
What’s your favorite piece in your closet?
A vintage, off-white crochet dress. I don’t know which era it’s from or what size it is, but it fits me perfectly!
What has been the best part about being a mom so far?
Watching my children become good human beings. There are lots of bumps along the road, but when I see them accomplishing their goals, being kind and chewing with their mouths closed it makes me feel like I’m doing something right.
What’s your morning routine?
I wake up before everyone else so I can get ready for the day and have a cup of coffee before the madness starts. Then I get the kids up and (hopefully) get some breakfast in them before racing out the door for school by 8:00 a.m.
First website you click on when you open your computer?
It’s actually my website so I can check the overnight orders and customer service emails that have come in. That way I know how busy the day will be and can plan accordingly.
How do you stay organized?
I try to work from home at least one day a week to catch up on life, which helps a lot. I also have a color-coded calendar on my computer with categories for work, school, home, my son Jack and my daughter Sadie. If it’s not on the calendar, it’s not happening!
Who are your favorite people to follow on Instagram for inspiration?
1. @UllaJohnson: Her clothes are to die for.
2. @EdibleGardensLA: They convinced me to grow my own (so fun!).
3. @ClareVivier: She’s a dear friend, world traveler and an amazing handbag designer.
What are your favorite places to eat, shop and drink in LA?
My boyfriend, Dustin, owns bars and restaurants on the east side of LA where we live, so we hang out there a lot. We frequent L & E Oyster Bar for the food and atmosphere and Covell for its amazing wine selection. When we leave our neighborhood, we go to Rao’s for martinis and delicious pasta, or Terrine. My go-to places for shopping are Ron Herman, A.P.C. and Stacey Todd.
Where is your retreat from it all?
Olympic Spa. You pay a $20 entrance fee and spend as much time as you want in the whirlpool spa, steam room, sauna and Himalayan salt room. They also have a restaurant, so you can really stay all day. It’s the best.
You have two hours to yourself—how do you spend them?
Reading the Vanity Fair that’s collecting dust on my bedside table.