Behind The Scenes

As we press into this project, we are looking to emulate a California cool vibe, being both laid back, and effortlessly cool. While there is always something to be said for homes that very obviously look like a million bucks, we want this space to greet you like an open window on a summer’s day, and leave you feeling like a million bucks.

 This was what the house looked like during our initial walk through. The space was nice, was the goal was to make it feel open and bigger and give this space a clear focal point.

This was what the house looked like during our initial walk through. The space was nice, was the goal was to make it feel open and bigger and give this space a clear focal point.

 This was last week, before drywall started. We opened up the space on both sides (to the right is the kitchen) and took out the strange soffit, the ceiling will be flat with recessed can lights.

This was last week, before drywall started. We opened up the space on both sides (to the right is the kitchen) and took out the strange soffit, the ceiling will be flat with recessed can lights.

 This is roughly our plan for the living room, open shelving with a bench/toy storage, open pass through and brick tiles.

This is roughly our plan for the living room, open shelving with a bench/toy storage, open pass through and brick tiles.

In order to achieve that goal of understated luxury, we are spent a lot of time with the home owners investing in thoughtful details, playing with textures, and focusing on key focal points. There are quite a few custom and handmade aspects going into this home, and I think that’s what we are most excited about! We’ll be using handmade, matte black brick tiles on the floor to ceiling fireplace, custom-made cabinetry and built ins throughout, and all of the lighting is being handmade by makers with small businesses, to name a few. I personally love little bits of imperfect in a project where it’s permissible, the touches of handmade really allow for that bit of humanity to be integrated into this space and  let it come to life.

 Kitchen before, wheres the fridge? Good question ;)

Kitchen before, wheres the fridge? Good question ;)

 We moved the doorway heading into the garage to allow for better flow of cabinets, took out the wall (and added a 19ft steel beam). The flooring was also a different size plank so we laced in new so it would flow throughout.

We moved the doorway heading into the garage to allow for better flow of cabinets, took out the wall (and added a 19ft steel beam). The flooring was also a different size plank so we laced in new so it would flow throughout.

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 Our plans for the kitchen, we pulled together a 'very' quick rendering to see how the space laid out. Our mood board above shows the actual selections for tile, lights etc.

Our plans for the kitchen, we pulled together a 'very' quick rendering to see how the space laid out. Our mood board above shows the actual selections for tile, lights etc.

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This was where the tricky part came in. The goal was to have a walk in closet and full bathroom in the master, but the current floor plan didn't allow for that. We eliminated some closet space and a weird hallway, and switched a hall bath and hallway into a master and a master into a main bathroom. It took some problem solving, and a creative eye but it was the best use of space.

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 The cutest kids bathroom, and the crowd favorite tile! I can't wait to see this one come together.

The cutest kids bathroom, and the crowd favorite tile! I can't wait to see this one come together.

As this home begins to come together, I watch the progress with eager impatience. I love being able to place plants on the counter tops, turn on the lights, and see the vision become reality. We are so thankful to have such awesome clients with such great style, that really trust in Kevin and I to dream and collaborate with them in their space. Keep your eyes peeled for previews as this one keeps progressing: it just may be one of our favorite projects to date.