Podcast, Ep. 152: design firm Masucco Warner

Julie Masucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner Rothblum of Masucco Warner designer firm

Photo: Heather Kincaid

This week, we welcome Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner Rothblum of West Coast-based firm Massucco Warner. Their portfolio is a joy to look at, so we couldn’t wait to catch up with them to talk about using color, texture, and unexpected details in an approachable way. We also talk with Julie and Melissa about patterns, their great lamp game, making the most of the space in a double-height room, the importance of using samples, and color threading from room to room.

What You’ll Hear On This Episode:

  • Why Julie and Melissa love working with color so much, and how they pull it off in such a fun and approachable way.
  • Neutral doesn’t always have to mean beige or white, it can be navy blue or any other solid color when done correctly.
  • Ways we can color thread throughout our home so colors complement rather than compete with one another.
  • Using samples are important and leave them out long enough to decide if it really is a fit for your everyday life long term.
  • Ways that Julie and Melissa create beautiful and chic looks in high traffic areas using textures such as faux leather.
  • How to use a colors you may be unsure of, like mustard yellow in a kitchen.
  • Recommendations for tying in our outdoor furniture with indoor colors so they seamlessly flow.
  • A few rules of thumb for using patterns and how adding another color can help break up and tone down the pattern.
  • Ways to create a focal point from scratch.
  • Lamps can be a great source of color and flair to a room without making a huge commitment.
  • How to treat a double-height room without over-engineering it.

Decorating Dilemma:

Hi ladies,

My kitchen breakfast nook is large and spacious and has quite the view to the back yard. Recently ordered the Dayna chairs to use with existing table and rug. Love all of it, just not sure it fits and a new table is not in the budget, please help. Love blue and white. Walls are a creamy white, recently painted. Please help. Unsure if I like organic/tailored lines… and not sure if I want pattern or solid color. It’d be great if one of your design podcast guests could help.


The table and the chairs totally fit the room, but we think you can tweak the size of the rug and beef it up to cover more space! You want to be able to pull your chairs out and still have them on the rug. As far as your seats, it’s super easy to unscrew cushions (and even may be fun to do@) and recover them with a navy and white performance fabric. Two smaller lights over the island and a big one over the dining table could be a great call!

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.