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When this family approached me about renovating their home so it finally reflected their fun personalities into an elevated and cohesive style, I couldn’t wait to dive in! Over the course of a year (ish), we converted a back of the house bedroom into a family room. Then we added an upstairs master suite, complete with a relaxing bedroom, walk-in closet, and stunning primary bathroom. We also updated the kids and guest bathroom (details in this blog post), and reconfigured one of the kid’s bedrooms to give them a larger closet and create a proper laundry room off the hallway. Throughout the house, we added new furniture to truly capture that coastal cool feeling.
This project was a lengthy one. When embarking on a remodel like this, you can always plan for the ideal timeline, but it may not happen exactly as you think! Working through construction and landscaping schedules, and dealing with shipping delays and backorders, instead of having just one “big reveal” moment we had multiple installs. When the family initially moved back into their home, we were still missing pieces in every room. But, sometimes you just have to accept that things are out of your control. With some patience, and flexibility, it’s all worth it in the end
For the behind the scenes of install, be sure to check out this reel we shared!
We elevated the entire primary suite, taking this home to the next level… literally! With the old primary bed and bath converted into the new guest space, a second floor was added to this formally single-story Santa Monica bungalow and the entire upstairs primary suite was created from scratch.
The primary suite needed to be a relaxing oasis where my clients could get ready for the day and unwind at night (check out our blog post on the Pacific Project bathrooms to read all about the master bath!). With fresh furniture and an ocean-inspired color theme, they can do just that!
The space wasn’t large, but it had just enough room for the essentials. By carefully selecting our furnishings & materials (and thankful for a vaulted ceiling!), we were able to make it feel open and spacious.
What used to be the primary bedroom in the back of the house became the space for an informal family room. We imagined the family room as the place where the whole family could hang together, or where the kids could take over when the adults are gathered in the kitchen & living room at the front of house. This space also had another important role; it had to serve as a guest room. So we made sure that the furniture could be easily moved to give space to a bed and guests.
One thing the clients were ademnet about was they did not want a sofa-bed. They wanted to give their guests a traditional mattress and comfortable space to stay awhile. With that, we designed and built this custom murphy bed to look like it belonged in the family room when it wasn’t a bed, provide storage and display, and that would also give their guests a built-in bedside table. The leather chairs are so light-weight that they can easily be moved around when it’s time to pull the bed down, or are a super comfy and casual place to chill with friends or read.
And because this built-in would have such a large presence in the space, we wanted it to have something special to it, beyond just a basic cabinet. So we designed the doors to have a beautiful chevron pattern carved into them and painted it a high gloss white that gave it dimension and interest. When I first brought the sample to the jobsite, we were all in love!
The final space we have to discuss in this casual coastal interior design project is the living room. With the back of the house getting a total overall, this room just needed a new furniture layout and elevated furnishings. I was given the parameters from the client to make an adult space that still felt like them. So while this room does feel slightly more elevated, it’s still casual and fun.
After all the work is complete, the best part of the project is hearing how much the client loves their new home.
My client said after the project that “before working with Loralie, she was overwhelmed with all the different choices.” This is completely normal if you aren’t a designer – there are so many things to consider in a remodel, from hardware to furnishings to where to move items in your house, and which contractors to use – I take all of that off your plate!
She was so grateful for how “[Loralie] really worked with my ideas and put them together with her own in a way I never could have imagined. Every step of the process was easy. We never thought it could look like this – Loralie made our home our dream house.”
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I have more than 15 years of experience working in high-end residential design with well-known designers and even more well-known clientele. I know how to bring an elite level of service and knowledge to my clients to create a beautiful and functional home for their family that is tailored fit to their lifestyle and personal aesthetic.
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