A Costa Mesa Bachelor Pad

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A young, successful bachelor with a refined sense of style calls upon Cantoni’s Bonnie Sly to cultivate a smart, minimalistic mix in his first townhome.

Designed By: Bonnie Marie Sly Photos By: Amy Bartlam

California native Behrang Ziaeian’s keen eye and good taste are instantly apparent: you’ll often catch him in Tom Ford sunglasses, a Panerai watch, Ferragamo shoes and skinny jeans. That is – when he isn’t in scrubs. The busy medical sales rep can often be found in the operating room. His hectic schedule is exactly why he sought help after purchasing an industrial four-story townhome in a “young, eclectic and fun” community in Costa Mesa. “I love a clean, minimalist look and needed some guidance on bringing it all together,” he says.

At the suggestion of his real estate agent’s wife, he visited Cantoni in Irvine. “The minute I walked in, I thought, ‘this is exactly what I like,’” he says. He met design consultant Bonnie Sly, and the two clicked. They immediately got to work over his lunch break, pouring over his floor plan and defining his aesthetic. “He had ideas and a vision, and wanted a cool, young, current vibe,” Bonnie says. “Urban – but fresh, trendy and fun.”

With a rooftop deck boasting panoramic city views and not even a mile from the nearest beach, Behrang also wanted a chill space where four of his friends – who live in the same development – could unwind. “I’m serious and all business at work, but on the weekends, I’m more fun and outgoing – a balance of work-hard play-hard,” he says. “I love to entertain, go to the beach, and watch the sunset from my rooftop.”

Bonnie and Behrang answered his need for both form and function with versatile, clean-lined pieces. In the second-floor living area, they fronted the low-slung violet-brown leather Avana sofa with varying white and brown glass Cabaret cocktail tables and added punch with cowhide Allure lounge chairs. Warm wood tones were injected with the burned oak Eliot dining table designed by Giorgio Cattelan and the Corridor cabinet.

In Behrang’s first-floor office – which boasts a dramatic frosted-glass retractable door – Bonnie brought in the elegant Sequel office collection and added color with the Mercury high-back executive chair and Mercury lo-back chairs in cognac. She cased the third-floor master bedroom in a calming neutral gray-white palette, and, true to Behrang’s taste, kept each area’s accessories to a minimum. “Our style and taste really blended together – he liked my ideas and I liked his,” Bonnie says. “He did such a great job with everything, and it was so much fun to work with him to bring his vision to life.”

Behrang echoes her sentiments. “She’s amazing,” he says. “She’s patient. She helped me put together my entire house exactly as I wanted it.” The result, Bonnie says, is a direct reflection of his on-point approach and penchant for perfection. “Design is more of a feeling -- a feeling you get every time you walk in -- and this is a stylish bachelor pad that really reflects him. But I’d move there in a minute,” she says, and laughs. Wouldn’t we all.

I love a clean, minimalist look and needed some guidance on bringing it all together. Bonnie was amazing and patient. She helped me put together my entire house exactly as I wanted it.

— Behrang Ziaeian, Orange County
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