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The Surf City Project great room is a feat of bright and breezy living. With a open flow from the family room to the dining nook to the kitchen that mimics the overall flow of the home from its courtyard to its California room, this home speaks to easy entertaining and relaxed living that just makes our hearts sing!
And we know you all have been loving this project too! From the paint colors, to the furniture, to the fabulous styling pieces, we’ve received hundreds of questions about this space! If you’re dying to get the look for yourself, read on to see all the goodies in the Surf City great room!
A carefully curated shelf styled with our favorite shoppe pieces! It’s all about mixing materials and creating shapes—finding a balance between colors and layout. Here’s what you need:
A. Sylvie Pot with a faux fern
B. Sunset Wave print
C. Emily Seagrass Tray for some life for a pop of color for texture
Whether you have a nook, a banquette, or a traditional table, a cozy dining area is all about creating a central place to gather. When designing dining, use…
A. Mella pendant
B. Surfer Stretch print
C. Gina Dining Chairs for ambiance and texture for a beachfront view for the whole family to gather around.
Designing an island is all about marrying function and style—kitchens are more than just the place we cook, they are the place we share our meals and our days. Our go-to pieces:
A. Ava stools (we love their backs for long sits at the island)
B. Sabrina vase for fronds and blooms
C. Benjamin Moore Manor Blue paint for the cabinets.
Whether you have a built-in wet bar or something less permanent like a bar cart, leave neither neglected. Don’t forget:
A. Lennox mugs for a shiny touch
B. Mike vase, or other jars to present your bar accouterments
C. A fern drop-in for a bit of greenery and movement
The ultimate goal in designing a layout for family room seating is to maximize comfort and coziness. It’s as easy as…
A. Layering pillows like our Greenley, Lilah, and Porter!
B. Always drape a Hermosa throw across the chaise
C. Start with a rug (like our Pippa!) as your solid foundation
This Huntington Beach project is home to a young family of four—it’s actually the childhood home of the client, so it was a very personal and momentous undertaking to tailor everything to his new and growing family’s needs! With two small babies and a big need for function, the ultimate design goal for this home was to maximize every inch of space and to create plenty of areas to entertain for this family-oriented couple.
We love this project for many reasons, but one of our favorites was the design dedication to outdoor living—we love taking advantage of all that California has to offer, and that means creating living areas that flow from the outdoors in.
The courtyard is the first thing you see when entering the home, so we knew it needed to make a big statement. With its bubbling water feature and breezy seating area, this space is perfect for relaxation and fun. We worked to incorporate this family’s Greek heritage with plenty of whites and blues, making a Mediterranean oasis immediately behind the front gate.
Possibly the most loved feature of this house is the addition of the California room. Quintessential SoCal outdoor living at its finest, this huge semi-enclosed outdoor living space includes a kitchen, lounge, and dining area. We love how the many fabulous outdoor spaces flow one into another—all the way from the front courtyard to this epic backyard.
The great room is the perfect example of a space that maximizes its every inch. Featuring a cozy sectional with plenty of seating, and built-ins with tons of storage, this family room is perfect for gatherings large or small. Lots of neutrals and pops of blue work to create that relaxed Mediterranean vibe throughout the space, while keeping the overall tone comfy and casual.
We love adding a gallery wall to the main room of the house to show off a family’s personality and inject a personal touch that is stylish and artistic. And the finish of the white oak frames pairs well with the natural color palette.
With a seamless open floorplan from the great room, the kitchen is a fabulous space that openly flows from the front courtyard all the way to the backyard, making for easy gathering and spacious entertaining! Painting the island cabinets brought a bit of boldness to the space, and breaks up all the crisp whites while complementing the blue of the sofa across the room. Our Ava stools provide the perfect seat to pull up to the counter and allow for the whole family to spend time in the kitchen.
One of the family’s main goals was to create spaces that are functional for them to live in and use daily. Adding this sweet little dining nook was the perfect way to squeeze in a casual seating option for the whole family to gather around together.
Little Dude's Room
This nursery is the sweetest space. While it’s nothing short of adorable in its current design state, we love that the foundation of this room (masculine woodwork and rich textiles) is perfect to age with this little boy as he grows.
When we began this project, there were two small babies to design for (by the time we finished, one was learning to walk!) We love the bond we create when working with our clients, and appreciate our role in shaping their family’s home life.
There are a couple of gorgeous guest bathrooms in this home and all are equally luxurious. One doubles as the kids’ bathroom, so we balanced elegant, clean white finishes with a fun wallpaper. The deep tub is perfect for the many bathtimes that will happen in this home.
We wanted to make the master suite a space to retreat and relax—away from kids, work, and any distractions of life. The Master bedroom feels like an oasis with tons of cushy bedding and a subdued palette. It’s the perfect, soothing escape, complete with muted Mediterranean blues and ocean hues!
The ensuite bathroom was transformed into a spa, with a deep soaking tub and plenty of space to luxuriate. The honey tones of the wood cabinets add such warmth to the marble finishes and create such a calm and relaxing atmosphere to soak the day away.
We added a little nook by the window as a place to unwind from the day that’s separate from the bed. The two reclining armchairs allow for this couple to kick back and relax, maybe cozy up with a book, creating a calm and chic corner of the bedroom.
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Our latest project took us to Irvine, CA to redesign the home of a family of five. Everything from an entryway to the master suite, no room was too small or a design wish too big in our effort to transform the space into a beautiful and comfortable home.
This family’s main desire was to maximize the existing footprint of their house to amplify their love for entertaining and relaxation. An open living concept from the kitchen to the family room was an ideal floor plan to attain both of these goals.
The family room was long and narrow, so we needed to maximize the space to make sure it could seat all five-plus friends & family. An L-shape sectional provides ample seating, and our favorite Addie and Miller pillows add soft pops of color. A one-of-a-kind ottoman acts as a kid-friendly alternative to a traditional coffee table and our Harper rug complements provides a neutral foundation to ground the space.
To frame the media center, we designed built-ins with open shelving, mimicking the ones in the kitchen across the floorplan. This gave symmetry to the room as a whole and balanced out the practical cupboard and drawers of the under-cabinets. For shelf styling, adding faux greenery was a great way to bring life into out-of-reach spaces without worrying about the upkeep. We love our fern drop-ins placed inside two-toned ceramic bowls.
A seamless transition from the family room to the kitchen allows for this cozy dine-in kitchen banquette. Our client loved Pure Salt’s simple, clean, relaxed aesthetic but wanted to play with subdued colors to make it their own. This muted navy (Normandy by Benjamin Moore) begins in the kitchen and is echoed throughout the home.
The painted cabinetry continues as a bench seat, offering plenty of storage below and featuring an abundance of plush pillows. We love the subtle color variation of the abaca webbing in the Lolesa pendant! Its neutral tones play off of the light woods and creamy textures in this space (hello Layla dining chairs!), and its light envelopes the entire table, making this a family hub for dining, homework, or game night.
The relaxed and open casual living spaces at the back of the house are perfect for this family to live day in and day out. They also make for great entertaining! But this family is lucky enough to also have a few other living areas to spread into. While we would shy away from labeling these as formal spaces, the elevated styling of the dining and living rooms feel tailor-made for bigger gatherings and occasions.
The large table in the dining room comfortably seats six of our rattan and mahogany Percy dining chairs but is big enough to add seats for more dinner guests. Did you notice the chandelier? Beaded with wood and coco, the Quinn chandelier inverts the shape of the banquette pendant, tying the two dining spaces together with a similarly styled overhead pendant.
The living room was an opportunity to design an elevated area that was full of texture and various natural materials—wood accents, woven seagrass, and jute textiles all add warmth and dimension to this room, making it feel sophisticated while still exuding an easy and simple aesthetic.
With a versatile seating arrangement, featuring a classic couch, show-stopping accent chairs, and modular ottomans, this family has space to gather for occasions, whether grand or every day.
Like the main floor, upstairs was designed down to every last detail. Behind the door of the shared little girls’ room is nothing short of pure whimsy and sweetness. The girls really wanted to make this space their own, and wanted us to design something fun and playful!
We worked to find elements that would create a magical feeling for the girls, and came to the conclusion that there is nothing more magical than waking up to a rainbow every morning! We love this wallpaper by Anewall—it feels like an art installation, and the muted (rather than saturated) colors keep the overall feeling light and airy to suit the essence of the entire home.
In a complete shift from the kids’ half of the second floor, the master bedroom is the epitome of sophisticated leisure. We played with furniture options that would draw your eyes up to the stunning high ceiling. The bed of choice is this Siren 4-poster bed frame made of reclaimed douglas fir. To soften up the strong lines of this striking bed frame, we selected plush and cozy bedding.
Off the master bedroom is the ensuite. A window behind the bathtub offers so much natural light, which the three large vanity mirrors reflect around the space. With so much glimmering marble and glossy tile, the banana-leaf weave of the Mella pendant light mixes in a pop of our go-to natural texture.
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