Tucked in the back of Newport Beach’s Westcliff Court is a home decor shop called Heirloom. Its owner, interior designer Milena Sefferovich, above, sources classic vintage furniture, lamps, and wall decor and makes them newly covetable with paint, new pulls, dynamic fabric, and an eye for detail. She studied interior design at Arizona State University, got her start at flea markets in Pasadena and Irvine, and is a vendor on the furnishings site One Kings Lane.
“The stuff, when I get it, does not look like this at all,” says Sefferovich, 37, who opened in 2013. “I see something and immediately know exactly what I’ll do with it. I only buy what I love.” This includes a 1920s wood dresser she spray lacquered a glossy black and spiffed up with brushed-metal pulls ($925); a glass-and-brass dining set with chairs covered in teal velvet ($1,495); a white faux-bamboo bar cart ($395); and accessories such as smoky glass barware ($145) and embroidered pillows ($120).
Her pieces become one-of-a-kinds, which keeps fellow designers and regulars returning, but they’ve kept the shop a closely guarded secret.
“So I tell them, ‘If you don’t start sharing, we’re not going to be here,’ ” she says with a laugh. “People appreciate the unique.”
1729 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach