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Modern Hawaiian Remodel

After twenty-five years in the original design of their house, our clients were ready for an update. We had already redesigned their downstairs living space, which you can check out HERE, so this time we moved upstairs to remodel their master suite and guest room. Living only a few miles from the ocean and being lovers of Hawaii, we knew their master bedroom needed to be serene and resort-like. We began with muted colors and created a modern fireplace for an atmosphere that’s inviting and calm. Adding in a relaxing sofa and cozy reading chairs, we transformed the room into the ultimate at-home getaway. Finally, to get a touch of the island, we made sure to use warm lighting, natural textures, and tropical greenery.

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When it came to the master bathroom, we wanted to create a spa-like atmosphere. The dark wood closet doors are reminiscent of what you would see on the island, while the stone detail on the tub brings in a sense of serenity. Of course, the sea glass chandelier is what completes the look with a bit of ocean detail. 

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Our clients wanted their guest room to be relaxing and inviting for friends and family that come to stay. Using robin’s egg blue and lighter fabrics, we carried over that same sense of calm from their master suite so that future guests feel that same resort-like ambiance.

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We love that this design makes our clients home feel like a sanctuary and we hope it’s now a place where they can truly relax and unwind. Thanks for reading!

A Bright and Airy Update

Older homes often come with plenty of potential, and if you’re willing to put in the work, that potential can turn into a home with tons of charm! That was the case with this historic coastal home. After designing the master bedroom and family room (which you can see HERE), the living and dining space was up next. Beginning as a fully wood paneled room, it felt outdated and dark. We believe preserving history in an older home is important, but we find that it has to suit a client’s lifestyle in order to be enjoyed. This room had great features like the wood beams, fireplace, and french doors, but with so much orange-stained wood, the space wasn’t inviting and all of those special features just blended in. We decided that instead of preserving the entire room, it would suit the clients and the space better to highlight the best features and bring the rest up to date. So, with lots of creamy white paint, natural colors and textures, along with fresh greenery, we brightened it up and created a space with timeless coastal charm. Check out the before and after photos below!

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While we designed the rest of their house to be kid-friendly, our clients requested a more formal room where they could entertain. Of course, the layout of the space meant it was too big to be just another family room, and we really wanted it to be functional as a more formal space. So, we had the idea to make two rooms in one. On one side is a comfortable tone-on-tone sitting area, and by the fireplace is the formal dining space. To finish it off, the lighting fixture acts as a defining detail making the two spaces feel separate while remaining complimentary.

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Now bright and airy, the best features of this room have come out of the woodwork (so to speak) and are now showcased in this timeless space. It’s now ready for good conversations, scrumptious meals, and new memories to be made! Thanks for reading!

 

 Design by: Julie Benitez

Not Your Mama's Southwest Style (Part 2)

Welcome to part two of Not your Mama’s Southwest Style! (You can check out part one HERE). As I mentioned in part one, Southwest style can get a bad rap, so if it makes you think of the 80’s—erase that idea. No peach, no turquoise, and no white wicker here. When it comes to today’s Southwest style, we want to create a natural look with pops of color and character. Here are a few tips if you’re looking to integrate this fun style into your own home. First, mind your color palette. Choose a variety of warm and cool earth tones. The desert has tans and terra-cotta, but it also has cool navy blues too, which we used in this particular design to balance out our colors.

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Second, find a few statement pieces and have fun with them! We used antique wooden shutters, the clients favorite artwork, and other wooden tidbits with character to really add in that southwest flare. As with any style, always think scale, proportion, and balance. Make sure your furniture and accessories are all big enough to fill your space. Every detail should compliment the scale of your home.

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Texture can also be brought in through patterns. With lots of natural fiber and neutral hues, adding in pops of colorful, patterned fabric ties in the art and creates that modernized southwest style.

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We loved bringing together this southwest home and creating a fresh style for this family to enjoy. We also hope you’ll never think of southwest the same! Thanks for reading!

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Tranquil Traditional

After a full remodel of their home, these clients wanted fresh decor to compliment their new space. But after trying to design it themselves, they found the look was never quite what they hoped. Color, scale, and proportion are the design ingredients that make or break a space. They can either act as culprits for a design that doesn’t fit or create a well-balanced, curated home. Once we got the call to step into this project, that’s where we began. We pulled current fabrics that would compliment the tones found in their living room rug, the only piece of decor they wanted to keep. Drawn to a more traditional style, rich woods, and neutral hues were the key to the surrounding furniture, while pops of blue tie the rug, art, and accessories together. These details combined with a balanced proportion and scale finally gave these clients a home that truly fit their vision.

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While the rest of the house needed to be durable and fit for the whole family, their master bedroom needed to be a place of relaxation and rest—a getaway with something special. Keeping the colors light and the decor bright and airy, we gave them a room that acts as a retreat for just the two of them.

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We love that we got to bring these clients vision to life and made their house into a true home. 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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Elegant Coastal

Whenever we receive a new project that begins with an empty house, it gives us the opportunity to really envision a design that’s fresh and new. With so much open space, this next project definitely enabled us to dream a little! These clients asked for a coastal style and, while most people might picture a beachside cottage, we envisioned an elegant resort-like home. Of course, with any house that’s made up of such large spaces, we had to keep proportion, flow, and space in mind. The final result is a grand house that still feels inviting…a true place to call home.

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The bones of the house featured neutral tile flooring, large arch ways, and columns—making the home seem more tuscan or mediterranean. In order to make the coastal design feel natural, we played off that mediterranean style and went with a resort flare.

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This was such a fun project, and we hope these clients enjoy their home as much as we did designing it! Thanks for reading!

Mid-Century Restored

Sometimes the houses that have something unique to offer are the ones with a bit of history behind them. So, when our client had the opportunity to restore his childhood home he took it, ready to create new memories within an updated design. While some houses allow you to fill them with the style of your choice, others dictate the feel that fits best. When it came to this mid-century home, Lead Designer, Julie Benitez, found that the architecture led the way for a contemporary design that features a touch of history.

The Living Space

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We love an open concept, but it’s important to keep it balanced and functional. In this expansive room, we were able to create a dining, sitting, and living room in one open space that all flow seamlessly together. Plus, we love that each section encourages comfortable conversation.

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The Guest Bedroom

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The Master Bedroom

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We loved giving this space new life, making it possible for our clients to create memories for years to come. It’s truly special when an old house becomes a forever home. Thanks for reading!


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Ahh...Light and Airy

As newlyweds, first-time homeowners, and soon-to-be parents, this young couple was ready to create a forever home for their future family. Of course, that’s what we love to do most! When we came in, this coastal home felt closed in and dark. Aiming for light and airy, we began with Dunn Edwards paint in the color Whisper to open up the space and neutral tone-on-tone fabrics for pillows and window treatments. Then we added pops of robins-egg-blue for a bit of color and let the cedar beam ceilings stand out. The result? A home that feels open, light, and timeless–a perfect beginning to a forever home.

The Living Room

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The Bedroom

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As these clients enter an exciting time of life, we are only too thrilled to help them begin creating their forever home. We can’t wait to continue working with them in the future!


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