This beach house is an example of how beautiful design doesn't have to cost a fortune. As long as there is a strong design plan in place, you can achieve the look for less.
Furnished & styled entirely in Ikea, West Elm & HomeGoods, we were able to keep the design within budget while still achieving the beach-y, nautical look our client desired.
We also balanced out budget with finishes. Going with the budget option on the floors meant we could splurge a bit on counter tops. All the while keeping our overall design plan in tact.
The goal was to create a comfy, cheerful, beach-inspired home, ready to be filled for family vacations. The clients also wanted the option to offer the home as a vacation rental & so maximizing sleeping arrangements & entertainment space was a consideration. It also meant that furnishings should be easily replaced without excessive costs.
Full size bunk-beds in one of the bedrooms make the home able to accommodate an optimal number of guests.
Keeping the furniture small in profile & light in palette makes the space open & airy with the focus on the most important feature: the beach.
The beach-y palette was inspired by the sea views just outside the sliding doors & was incorporated throughout the home with paint colors, finishes, tile, textiles & artwork.
Styling pieces were kept simple also. Shells, sea glass & driftwood alone can turn a space nautical.
And the unexpected pop? A pale yellow front door to distinguish the cottage with a sunny entry.
THE BREAKING TRADITION ESTATE
This historic hillside estate walks the line of exciting, modern design, while still paying respect to its classic, traditional bones.
Starting with a distinguished study. The warm, neutral palette, the luxe brass finishes & the dramatic light fixture keep an appropriately traditional feel.
Meanwhile, the custom ceiling detail, rigid shelf styling & unexpected quirky Jonathan Adler face candle make the space feel modern.
Entry ways often go neglected when in actuality they should set the tone for the rest of the home.
This estate entry does just that: pulled together & traditional, while also casual & minimal enough to feel modern. We even have subtle holiday takes on the set up to transition the design from season to season.
The living room continues the tone that the entry has set. It is a stunning combination of classic style and comfort.
A bright neutral base with yellows, gray & teal accents in textiles & styling items make the space feel light & whimsical.
Elegant pieces feel pristine, while a rustic wood lazy susan reminds you this is not a formal room. Similarly, a formal reading nook is cozied up with a Moroccan pouf.
The space is a lesson in how a space can be both glamorous & inviting.
The dining room is a place where drama on all scales is accepted.
The client wanted the base feel of the dining room to be country traditional. The challenge then was how to make that room flow with the rest of the home.
We started with a traditional farm style table to anchor the room in the country feel our clients desired.
We also had a custom buffet table & cabinet built to line the left wall with storage for china & an extra entertaining surface. The dark wood coordinated with the table, while still feeling dainty & sophisticated to tie it to the rest of the house.
We then styled the buffet with whites & wood in a combination of heights & shapes, so the room is ready for its first gathering in style.
The linen curtains flow in the breeze as if in a country style catalog, while a minty green paint color is an unexpected contemporary twist. The light fixture that suspends from a custom medallion is super white and modern. All elements that make the room fit with the rest of the home.
Two bold & unusual end chairs add a whole new dimension, making it a truly dramatic space.
THE DRAMA DWELLING
Walking through this home, you would never expect that it is in a community of matching suburban homes. The goal of this project was to add depth, character & drama to set the home apart.
Sourcing supplementary furniture, styling & textiles alone transformed this home into a spectacular space.
Adding a bookshelf with ladder to the right of the fireplace added much needed design drama & makes the space feel grand. It provided storage, as well as a place where styling could add even more dimension.
Mixing unique pieces like vases, geodes & frames amongst the books organized by color, give a purposeful, stately look.
Choosing custom textiles for pillows & a reupholstered sofa create a cohesion throughout.
Styling the coffee table, side table & console tables with intriguing vignettes make for visual interest throughout the design of the room.
In the bedroom, we wanted a luxurious & distinguished design. We liked the deep color of the walls, but thought an accent wallpaper would offer a striking, new design element.
Textiles for the bed coordinate with the wallpaper for a tranquil, plush retreat feel. Dark, almost black wood finishes on the side tables & bench feel swanky.
And metallic accents are a glamorous touch for a bit of extravagance.
THE FRESH FAMILY ROOM
The goal in this room was to create a family friendly space that doesn't revolve entirely around the television. The family of five needed a new layout that would provide ample seating, hidden toy storage and let their personality & love for their family shine.
A long rectangular area, a lack of open wall space & a nondescript fireplace made this family room feel awkward & unfriendly. We wanted to utilize the entire length of the room, while still reading as one cohesive design.
By adding a bookcase & window benches, we created much needed storage, as well as playful, additional seating. In the bookshelves, styling pieces like candles & mini vases balance out books, while baskets & bowls add more hidden storage. Frames with family photos add that personal touch.
Custom cushions & pillows mix patterns in a light airy palette, along with a custom made oversized ottoman. Perfect for the three children who love to climb.
Building out the mantle offered a place for a mirror and styling pieces to add visual interest & personality, also taking the focus away from the TV.
On the porch, we extended the family feel with a bright palette & large dining area. Cheerful patterned textiles mix together for a welcoming indoor/outdoor design.
THE RUSTIC MAN CAVE
This space was originally a standard over the garage room with white walls & oddly shaped ceiling details & windows. The room was a cold, unutilized area.
Our client wanted to convert this space into a rustic, Napa-inspired entertaining zone. A place where friends could gather to socialize & watch the game.
It was going to take more than a can of paint to transform this room from a generic rec room to an inviting space. To add character, texture & warmth, we used reclaimed wood on the ceiling, turning the otherwise strange angles into intentional architectural design accents.
A wall fireplace unit was added to cozy up to on cold nights and to add an additional point of visual interest with floor to ceiling stone & a large rustic mantle.
As a professional athlete, the client's sports memorabilia are showcased in custom industrial shelves & gallery walls surrounding the built-in media unit & the specially made bar.
Styling was all about mixing materials & textures.
Neutral tones & natural elements fit in with the wood tones for a cozy feel, while metal pieces stand out and keep it masculine.
The combination of finishes like leather, fur & mixed metals, along with quirky vases, old trophies & vintage finds create the ultimate man cave design.
THE ECLECTIC ABODE
This client has traveled the world and wanted that to be reflected in their home decor. The couple also wasn't afraid of color; in fact, they were adamant about a colorful palette of purple, coral & lime green for the dining room.
It was exciting to work with such a bold combination of colors & it was a new challenge for us to break away from our typical neutral palette.
Painting the dining chairs & reupholstering the seats added just the coral pop the room needs to fully embrace the color. They are balanced by natural fiber & fur cushioned end chairs in a striking shape & a rustic farm style table.
Other than the that, styling & sourcing were the keys to our design. A gray & white rug anchors the room with a light feel in a fun pattern. The capiz chandelier is light & natural with a shape that elongates the room.
A custom table runner along with hints of purple & coral throughout the vignettes pull together to look.
The mix of colors along with a variety of natural elements, travel momentos & textiles made this space truly eclectic.
Inspired by their trips to Bali, the object of the bedroom design was to feel like a modern Balinese retreat also using textiles & styling alone.
Custom pillows, bench cushion & window treatments were the base for our palette. Coral & an icy blue-gray made for a modern combination, while the mix & style of patterns created the eclectic look.
We pulled these tones in throughout the rest of the design as well with candlesticks, decorative bowls & vases.
Mixed metals added a glam touch, but with ornate details that gave it a Balinese flair. Super tall table lamps add drama & height to the room. And a shag rug cozies up the space with a luxe feel.
THE NAUTICAL COTTAGE
This nautical cottage was a blank slate in need of serious spatial planning. With the downstairs being largely open, the clients wanted to designate separate areas for specific functions without any architectural work.
The first challenge was to create an entry & mudroom in a space where the front door opens immediately into the living room. Our solution was to take unutilized wall space at the stairwell and designate this area as the entry using a beadboard accent.
A nautical-inspired striped runner leads you from the doorway to a custom shelf with accent colored hooks & a handmade rustic wood boot tray. A bench offers comfy seating & baskets provide additional storage for less picturesque items.
On the right wall of our newfound entry, we placed a small profile console table large enough to act as a catchall for keys, change & mail. It is also a perfect place for some small styling items to set the tone for the space.
Adjoining the entry is the living room. The client's had a few specific requests for this space: 1) the space needed to provide an eating area 2) the space also though should be a kick up your feet, comfortable space and 3) the existing couch must remain.
This meant we would need to be supremely creative in our approach to designing this living area. It needed to not only be functional, but multi-functional.
Our solution was to offer two layout options that are easily interchangeable: a banquet-height table as well as a custom upholstered ottoman, both on casters. These two elements are easily swapped to a side table position when the other is in use.
Beyond spatial planning, it was imperative that the colors be light & airy to achieve the nautical cottage feel. Incorporating personal mementos was extremely important to this client & so balancing these pieces with the oceanic, nature-inspired elements was key.
Breezy patterned pillows & window treatments as well as hand painted furniture pieces created a cohesive palette that breathed a new life into the room.
For the bedroom, we were limited to quick fixes. The green on the walls was to stay & so our first order of business was to design an accent wall at the headboard to offer a calming visual interest. Rather than a basic wallpaper, we had a custom wall artist design & install a one of a kind pattern.
Previously, a curtain covered the linen closet. Now replaced with a rustic barn door, the room is cozied and has character.
And the finishing touch: pulling it all together with throw pillows & bedding that give the room personality & a beachy, relaxed feel.
Bathrooms are a place where you can either haphazardly stash all of your towels & toiletries on the shelf, or you can showcase your necessities creatively to form a spa-like feel.
In this first bathroom example, we used a light turquoise & white palette, along with rustic woods to establish a beachy flair.
This bathroom also exemplifies that function can be stylish if you get inventive. Mason jars make great vessels for cotton balls & bath salts. Small, ornamental bowls can serve as jewelry holders and baskets with rolled towels look spa-like while disguising the struggles of the folding-challenged. And, a custom made laundry bag strung on coordinating knobs adds a truly handcrafted touch.
Mixing materials like driftwood, coral & dried flowers, is a no-maintenance way to incorporate natural elements & textures. These paired with the glass & metals of bathroom fixtures & accessories, make the space feel serene & elegant.
In the second bathroom, simple interior styling techniques take basic shelves to a magazine-worthy level. Balancing neutral tones, natural elements & a bit of glam, give this bathroom design a classic, fresh feel.
Finally, a kids' bathroom can be family-friendly & playful while still fitting in with the rest of a traditional home. The kelly green shelves offer a colorful base, where whites & natural items calm the palette & modernize the space.
THE COZY KITCHEN
This cozy kitchen design is proof that styling alone can take a kitchen from ordinary to inspirational.
Our goal was to bring life & personality into the tranquil, country kitchen using only functional kitchen accessories.
Using plates, bowls, storage pieces & cookware, the kitchen is transformed into a bright, refreshing space.
The plain white & glass cabinet begs for a pop of color to shine through its panes. The teal & red color palette gives a unique & unexpected twist to the neutrals that make up the base of the kitchen.
Mixing & matching patterns give it a funky, editorial look, while repurposing a beautiful drink pitcher as a utensil holder creates a casual feel.
A chalkboard menu board brings originality to entertaining & adds another touch of character to the space.
And, stocking the spice rack with creative & playful storage in the same palette is both fun & functional.