Sunny San Diego House Tour

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Over the past year I've been working on and off via email with an old friend to make their house reflect them. This is a young, busy family that recently relocated back to California from Boston.

This is the beautiful entry sitting area. My friend is quite talented with flowers!

The house was a blend of dark beige, brick and maple wood. My dear friend is anything but beige and now I think their house reflects her sunny disposition so much more. We lightened everything up! I really wanted to keep the existing beams and brighten the walls and brick to draw attention to them.

I love those built-ins we added - it was her idea and it looks great. That was a pinterest-inspired DIY, believe it or not! Her husband and dad are very handy!

The kitchen felt very heavy and dark. In addition to painting the existing cabinets we added a classic subway tile back splash to brighten the space. And those beautiful built-in banquettes? Her dad built them! She picked the eating nook lighting and I love the natural capiz with a bit of glimmer.

I really enjoy working with other people's tastes. Mine tend to be more neutral and I tend to gravitate towards a soft palette but my friend is all about bold. These silk drapes are so her and I love how they define the spaces in the open floor plan. That dining set belonged to her husband's grandmother and they were very attached to it. It looks great freshened with new dining chairs.

We didn't do much here, she already had most of the beautiful furnishings. Just a little paint and this master looks so gorgeous.

This was one of my favorite projects for their house. We're still tweaking big brother's room for the next house but little sister has such an adorable little nest. We started with a blank canvas. She picked this beautiful iron crib and I love that custom linen daybed.

Thanks K for sharing these adorable photos of your house! Can't wait to see the next one!!

Parnassus said...

Hello Ann, This house has a lot of architectural interest--no room is a simple cube, and the built-ins add further distinction. I agree with you about dark kitchens, and I think that breakfast nook with all those windows will be one of their favorite areas of the house.

Hels said...

The entry sitting area really is beautiful. What could be nicer in warm weather than sitting outside with sunny spaces, outdoor furniture, drinks, magazines and attractive plants. Love it!

But I would not have put a double garage in the centre front of the house. It takes up the space that should be garden and looks concrete-y. Put the drive to one side, one car in front of the other.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Nicely pulled together -she's probably so happy with your help! A cozy family home :-)

Ann said...

Hels, I know what you mean. I think most of the houses in San Diego are like that, it seems due to lack of space. They're looking for a new pace for their growing family so we'll see if the next one has a different lay-out!

Thanks for the comments Stefan and Jim!

Kristy said...

Ann, I give you all the credit for coming up with this beautiful design for our home!

Cristina James said...

so damn beautiful house. i wish i had one like this.

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