backyard

A Breezy Backyard Patio

These next clients made the best of this fair-weather city by building a covered patio that has more than enough space for their whole family, which is perfect since family is everything to them! Being lovers of the outdoors, they wanted this area to be an extension of their home—a place to hang, chat, and eat together all year round. In essence, we created a second living room and dining room, just outside! And, of course, we used durable Sunbrella fabrics and slipcovers that can easily be washed and cleaned. The ideal space for games, food, and conversation, this backyard living space has it all.

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Our clients also requested a table that seats ten, so we had a custom farmers table made that would fit the design and ten people. To finish the look, we added slipcovered host and hostess chairs. The result is an open dining area with a beautiful view of the surrounding valley. 

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We loved bringing this patio up to its full potential and hope this design gave you some inspiration for your own outdoor space. Thanks for reading!

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Not Your Mama's Southwest Style (Part 1)

When you live in a beach town, the desert doesn’t get a lot of love. But, these next clients find that a more arid terrain has just as much beauty as the Big Blue. In fact, their whole design is based around Utah photographer, Michael Fatali’s, beautiful photos of the Southwest. Sloping red rock, cacti, and orange echoing caves fill the frames hanging on the walls of their newly remodeled home, and our job was to find a way to create a design that fit right in with those photos. 

Southwest design, like the desert, also gets a bad rap. But, this isn’t your mama’s Southwest style from the 80’s…you won’t find any peach or turquoise here. No, this design incorporates the beauty of the Southwest desert through warm and cool earth tones along with carefully curated antique details. The result is something similar to the desert: colorful, textured, and the perfect home to those who appreciate a different kind of beauty.

The Family Room

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The Patio

With such a beautiful view, this house provided the perfect patio for leisurely seating and outside dining. Keeping with navy blue and terra-cotta accents, we used durable fabrics to create a space that fits in with a Southwest design but will last through every season. It’s the perfect place to put your feet up with some chips and a bowl of guacamole!

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Color, natural textures, and rich accents make this Southwest design truly a fun yet modern approach to the space. And, if you love this design as much as we do, then you’ll be happy to know this is the first blog of two. Keep an eye out for Not Your Mama’s Southwest Style (Part 2) where we’ll dive a little deeper into the how-to’s of a Southwest design for the modern age. Thanks for reading!

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More Than Just a Pretty Pool House

When you live in California, sunny days and poolside weather shine down on us most of the year. So, why not take advantage of the easy breezy sunshine with a backyard haven? This next client did just that with a pretty pool house that dazzles. Of course, this poolside bungalow is more than just a lovely space–our clients wanted something that brought their friends, family, and kids together all year long. They began with a brilliant vision of ornate tile, marble counters, and gold fixtures, and together we put a bow on the design by adding custom furniture, charming accessories, and finishing touches. The final result is a space that exudes beautiful design and excellent functionality–a perfect balance in our book.


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Conversation and togetherness is really the heart of this kitchen. With a dining table that fits fourteen, everyone has a seat with plenty of elbow room, and while the bar provides ample space for cooking it’s still close enough to steal a fingerful of whatever scrumptious recipe is on the menu. Of course, things take a cozier turn just a few feet away in a more intimate living space where you can curl up with a cup of coffee while gabbing with a close friend. Whether you’re the cook or taste-tester, there’s plenty of room for both without feeling too far away.

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We know this little nook is meant for the kids, but, let’s be honest, we all wanna jump in and take an afternoon snooze! Continuing with the gold details, it’s lux but still completely inviting with soft pillows and bedding adorned in fabrics from Kravet, Ralph Lauren, and Sunbrella. Across the way, things get a little breezier in the outside kitchen and BBQ bar. Just steps away from the pool, this outdoor space is a recess from the California sun and ideal for snacking on a burger fresh from the grill. Using durable but lavish fabrics and furniture, the design is welcoming but will last for seasons to come.

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After a luxurious day at the pool, end the evening in a walk-in shower that’s private but still includes a little nature. You’ll feel as fresh as the design that surrounds you.

There’s no denying this pool house has a gorgeous aesthetic, but, more importantly, it has the ability to bring people together–and that’s what truly makes great design.  Thanks for reading!

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