By Design // South Bay Project Reveal
with Katrina Scott
Ready to hear about our dream project?! Back in December 2020 we were approached by Katrina Scott to partner on an incredible project: her family home in Manhattan Beach, CA. She had fallen in love with the beachy look and feel of Uniqwa Collections’ statement rattan lighting and outdoor living pieces, and as the exclusive US stockist for Uniqwa Collections, Katrina asked us to design her home around that iconic look and her family's beachy lifestyle!
Fast forward almost a year later and we are finally ready to reveal this beauty! This was such a fun project for us, Katrina is the sweetest—I, Aly, was actually her wedding florist years ago, so it was great to reconnect and work together in this new phase of life as, essentially, new people—and her home is truly gorgeous. It had all the bones of a relaxed, beachy retreat, and we were able to help bring her vision of the ultimate luxe beach house to life! Read on to see our newest project, South Bay, in all its glory!
Beach please! This kitchen looks and feels like a beach house dream come true! We are forever fans of all the stunning Uniqwa lighting and their Mila Pendants definitely steal the show in this sleek white space. Katrina wanted a look that felt comfy and livable while also being totally gorgeous, and she loved the natural elements and beachy vibe of the woven pendants as much as we do, so it was an easy decision to place them above the large island. We think they really ground the look with their texture and oversized frame, and are such a complement to the Malawi Tub Barstools lined up beneath.
The goal for this home was to represent Katrina and her family and their love of the beach and their fun-loving lifestyle, and the dining room was no exception. We needed to create a space that was functional for the everyday, but still felt elevated as a distinct dining room. We started with statement pieces, like our Gable Cabinet as a credenza for dishware and display area for plenty of personal touches to make the house feel like a home. You’ll also see lots of woods and rattan for texture and warmth, and coastal touches like surfboards, pennant flags, and Katrina’s SI swimsuit framed and on display.
With large windows that open up to the balcony and the beach beyond, the living room is flooded with the most gorgeous natural light! This is the hub of the home, where Katrina and her daughter can play and the family can lounge, so we needed it to be cozy and relaxed. And since the whole floor is open concept, the space natural lends itself to entertaining and family gathering, we just needed to enhance that feeling with lots of textiles for cozy spaces, both indoors and out.
There are so many beautiful spaces in this home, but the balcony takes the cake! Since outdoor living is so important to Katrina and her family, it was a must to create a cozy and inviting place for them to entertain and enjoy all that beach living in beautiful Manhattan Beach, CA has to offer! The Hamali Block Dining Table and Songwhe Dining Chairs are the perfect mix of weighty and airy, and the seating area with Himba Outdoor Sofa and chair is ultra comfy and chic. All the wood tones and textures mix so well together and really pop against the beachfront backdrop of Katrina’s neighborhood.
Is it cheesy to say every project is a dream project? That being said, Katrina Scott’s home really ticked all our boxes when it comes to the perfect project: a beautiful location, the freedom to design to our limits, and the most wonderful family who really gets us. It was beyond a pleasure to work with Katrina and the final designs are some of our best that we are incredibly proud of. We are so grateful to have been a part of a project that involved so many wonderful and kindhearted people. It is such a pleasure to design for families, making their homes functional and beautiful and unique to them—Katrina and her family are the best type of clients with their generosity and positivity. And we are so happy we are able to work with the Uniqwa Collections team to bring this project to life! Being the exclusive US stockist is truly an honor and so creatively inspiring, this project is such a great example of our mission to make an already beautiful house a beautiful home.
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