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Playa del Rey Bathroom Reveal

I am so happy to be back after a short break from blogging feeling refreshed. I have made a conscious decision to create and design at a slower pace allowing time for perfection and reflection on the projects that I choose to design.

For this very reason, Lulu and Matt were awesome clients. They empowered me use my creativity in the design of their beachy modern bathroom while seeking quality in the aesthetic. I will share a thoughtful interview from Lulu as part of this post. All photos are courtesy of the talented Amelia Tabullo photography.

H: Lulu, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
L: I love fashion and everything design related.
H: What motivated you to want to update your bathroom? 
L: I think bathroom and kitchen play really important role in home style, and our old bathroom is very out-dated, and we have been planning to renovate it since the day we moved in. We prefer stand shower to 2-1 tub & shower, because the stand-in shower gives us more space, and it is easier to clean.

 

H: How would you describe your design style and personal taste?

L: My style is modern, minimal, chic, and practical. My favorite design is North European interior style, I love the light, clean, and airy feel for my home.

 

H: What is your favorite aspect of your new design?

L: One of my favorite is definitely the marble shower and floor, I think it brings the bathroom (even my home) to a whole new level. I also like the color palettes, white, gray, walnut.
H: The frameless shower doors were key in creating an unobstructed view of the marble tile work.

Thank you, Lulu for sharing your beautiful home, the inspiration and the freedom to get creative with you!

Here is a close-up of some of the little details which include: Scandinavian style faucet, handmade brass sconces and custom recessed walnut shelving all coming together to make the space truly unique!

The finishing touches include modern towel rod, hand towel ring, soap dish, robe hook and toilet paper dispenser were all part of a chic set by Hansgrohe. I came across these gorgeous accessories in this Brooklyn bathroom.

I have also taken time to freshen up my Portfolio page, so please stop by to see more of what I do.

 

 

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Designing a Custom Table

I wanted to share with you a peak at a custom table that I am designing. I had a strong desire to make my ideas into something real, and after working piece by piece, I have developed a design process. It starts with inspiration. For this table, my client, Veronica came to me with the idea and picture of a table that she really loved.

Next, I pictured a piece that would meet her visual and space requirements.

I often sketch by hand, which is a traditional technique. I like took a class called rapid visualization that gave me skills to do relatively quick hand sketches. I know a lot of designers work in different ways, and many prefer computer generated sketches.

I always wondered where I could buy beautiful quality hardwood. When, I needed a countertop custom cut, I came across House of Hardwood through a referral.

Ever since, I have been sourcing FSC hardwood for my walnut sofa wraps.  I always wanted to have a custom piece made by the carpenters there. I enlisted Andres to help us take this piece from the page to reality. He helped us to select materials and tweak the measurements into something precise.

We decided to use White Oak hardwood for the top and a paint grade pine for the base, along with a White Oak plywood for the shelf.

Once we had the carpentry complete, Veronica and I experimented with several stains before deciding on the perfect shade of gray. We wanted a warm gray that would compliment the chairs and stools in her kitchen, along with a grayish white for the base.

Here is a snap of the test shades.

Next week, I plan to reveal the fully painted and finished piece!

I would be curious to hear more about your design process. How do you transform your creative ideas into something tangible?

So far, my summer has been filled with creative challenges. Over the weekend we finished Lulu’s bathroom, later in the week, I plan to show pictures of the demolition.

 

 

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Colorful Mosaic Tile Table

My friend, Edy decided to rearrange her dining space converting her former dining table to an outdoor patio table. You may remember Edy, from her art card series or maybe you have seen her paintings in person.

Earlier this summer, we came up with the idea to tile and grout it’s surface to make it more resilient to entertaining and also hide some signs of wear and tear.

We decided to tackle one last creative project before the summer was over. Here is a peak at how the table looked before grouting.

While we had some tiles of our own, the best part was hunting for new pieces at Venice Discount Tile Center…rummaging through a plethora of cracked tiles and motley shaped tiles.

We had a colorful collection to work with rooted in sea-greens and bright pops of yellows and orange, when we began the project.

After arranging the tiles, we began to glue them down with ceramic adhesive.

Some might say it looked like a colorful board game once the tiles we arranged.

After letting the glue set-up for an hour or so…we began the grouting process. Mixing the grout we went for a smooth consistency that could be poured around and between the tiles. As the mixture dried out…we used wet sponges to sculpt the surface.

You can see a final picture of this table poolside with it’s painted legs on Edy’s Flickr site.

All the amazing photos taken by Edy and Danny Levin.

That’s all for the tile table adventure:) I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Black and White Guest Room Preview

Over the past month, it has been super fun working with my client Paul on his amazing house in Burbank. Right now, we are focused on making a comfortable and cool guest room for his many worldly guests. Here is a sneak peak of the inspiration and finds along the way.

The actual headboard that we have chosen is a wingback made from a soft gray linen.

We are going to be adding pops of brass hardware, which lend an air of Hollywood glamour.

The nightstands are similar to the ones in the pictured in black, but they are vintage finds!!! I think the lightness of the base on this makes them perfect for his space.

(Please ignore the truck grill;)

We are having them lacquered in black. See all the pics from the Santa Monica Flea Market outing on my Instagram.

I love this black and white art collection that I found via Pinterest. Although, it may be a bit more modern than what we are going for, I think the prints and frames are perfect.

More black and white good ness… I really just can’t get over how great the white bedding, charcoal gray wall, and  the crystal clear lamps look with natural wood. I just love the simplicity.

To see more of my Pinterest finds for this client click here.

Well, I hope you have plans for an amazing weekend! I will be at the Patchwork Festival, this Sunday in Long Beach, please swing by for a visit if you are in the area. (Details here)

 

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Cool Blue Living Room Refresh

As a part of my vow to refresh our living space this Spring/Summer, I have also promised to do a quick spring cleaning of my blog as well. (ahem! anybody notice the new banner?!) That was all me;) I guess fiddling around with Photoshop for the past 5 years has started to pay off. Although, I do need the expertise of a pro graphic designer for the remaining look and feel.

Many of you have asked to see the results of a client home restyle that I did this Spring. I am happy to finally share the results of the photo shoot with you.

All photos are credited to Amelia Tabullo photography.

 

Originally, this mirror was a tricky one to find. In fact the search for a round 24″ mirror inspired me to create this hanging leather belt mirror.

DIY explained here.

In this case, all of the waiting and hunting around really paid off in the end, when I came across this metal porthole mirror. It is steely with a tinge of blue and really reminds me of something from the side of a ship. I just love how she captured the reflection of the books in the mirror peeking through.

In my opinione, the juxtaposition of the warm walnut and cool blue is what makes this really work.

This project was all about working with we had and streamlining the look with accessories. For example these custom walnut sofa wraps can be made to fit any size sofa and really added warmth and interest to the IKEA KIVIC sofas that my client already owned. The wide arm works so well with a wrap!

Other accessories included custom slipcovers, pillows and throws. I really like the combination of cobalt blue with the brown walnut wood.

If you’re looking for more living room design ideas, head over to see the almost completely updated version of my design portfolio here.

I will be sharing some clicks of this fruitful photo shoot.

Have an inspired week!

 

 

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Organic Modern Residence Restyle

Some homes are really fun to work on. Some clients are very cool to work with. This project is both! I love the Spanish style architecture of the Alexander Residence. I found the clean palette of the all white walls enticing.

This project was all about working with the existing pieces that were functioning, then adding a simple modern organic decor elements like the coat rack above and the bench below. We also added the long and narrow denim runner and basket to store additional shoes or bags.

This gorgeous and modern mirror will be hung to the left of the coat rack.

This home is still a work in progress, but I couldn’t resist sharing a few more process pictures. I will have pro capture the true beauty in a few weeks with me.

I’m loving the glow that the x-base chrome lamp gives off in the corner of the living space.

I am proud of the custom walnut sofa wraps that I had made for this project. I have decided to carry them in my shop in a variety of hardwoods! I do think the walnut will be the most popular and love the dark wood with the blue printed pillows that we had custom made.

The blue and white fabric comes all the way from India and was the last on the roll, they are very special to me.

In keeping with the calm blue theme, we decided to paint an accent wall in the kitchen, which faces a mirrored backsplash that we are going to install. I can’t wait to see the pretty blue wall color reflected in the mirrored tiles.

These linen roller shades are a soft and clean touch to the room. I am so pleased with how the cream colored linen looks on the white kitchen walls. The metal and wood stools are a new addition as well. We noticed they are child friendly and do not wobble the way that some tri-pod stools do.

Since, natural wood is one of my favorite elements in design, so I’ve decided to offer this custom coat rack my shop too!  It is available in various lengths and hard woods (walnut is pictured here).

I will try to save the big reveal of this residence for when I have the pro photos and the mirrored backsplash installed.

Hope you all are having a fun and blissful new year!

 

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Acupuncture Spa Plan + Styling

This was an ideal project to undertake requiring the perfect balance of creative freedom and serenity. A medical office and wellness space lends itself to vital green, clean fibers, and soft palettes. I felt at ease working on this office and would consider the style functional modern organic.

In the picture above, we personalized white cotton IKEA slipcovers with beautifully designed spa pillows out of silky embroidered cotton and camel colored linen backs. The linen was a bargain and the embroidered fabric was a bit of a splurge, but since we stayed on budget with the seating it added a thoughtful touch.

The inner lace pendant helped to create a focal point and soft lighting in the center of the lobby.

I spotted this bench on Overstock, which is now sold out! It was a steal at just over $100 and I think it does the trick when you first walk in the door.

Here it is a few weeks later restyled with a silvery gray seat cushion. Although, I liked it before, this way is certainly more comfortable. I chose gray to balance out the warmth of the natural wood.

For the Doctor’s office. I decided on gray laminate countertops and gray cotton wool cozy chair, a combination of coziness and cleanliness that you desire in a doctor’s visit. The under mount lighting on the floating shelf was chosen to illuminate the workspace when there are elixirs to be mixed. We had the idea to suspend the white cabinets at countertop height to provide a custom workspace for the doctors.The cabinets are part of a sink base, which I had shelves cut to fit inside. The countertop was also customized and bolted the top of the sink base. I think, I am most proud of this piece because it took a bit of creativity to make it work.

Here are a few more vignettes, inlcuding the water and tea cart. A simple way to pull together the overall look of the space was to use all-white shelving and cabinetry.

I loved this little mid-century lamp so much because of it’s shape. Isn’t it just screaming to be on a doctor’s desk or study space? I discovered the HImalayan salt lamps through my client, who showed me their natural beauty and told me about their healing properties.

In the picture at right below, we reused a sturdy console by priming and painting it white to provide visual unity. The framed Mandala quilt belonged to my client already, we found it complimented the Exam Room with it’s symmetry. The warn wood floors and countertops are balanced by the cool gray acupuncture stations and the soft gray walls.

After working on this project, I realized the pleasure it took in designing it. It’s almost as if the space guided me peacefully through the obstacles of design work and left me at ease. Thank you, Tilo Medical for the stress-free journey. I’ll be back to visit you soon.

If you have any questions about the products you see here, I will be happy to share my tips to help you renew or unify your office to a place of calm productivity.

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