Pacific Views – CA project

This was one of the most fun projects I’ve worked on for several reasons: it was in sunny California(!), it was my first project on the west coast (while having my own company), it was my first project with a repeat client, and it was with my amazing client that became a great friend. All a win-win in my eyes! This project hasn’t even been fully completed but has gotten so much interest that my clients are considering offers since it’s their vacation home.
This project was a complete gut job and had some challenges but all worked out in the end. We decided to go with a vinyl wood flooring (doesn’t it look beautiful?!) since they are near the sand/water and have two small boys. We needed something durable and this flooring fit the bill. We wanted the design to be light, airy with pops of blue to coordinate with the stunning views. All finishes were considered with beauty, function and durability in mind. (Now that I have a toddler myself, it gives durability a whole new meaning in my eyes!)
I’m hoping that I get to go back in August to finish with accessories and books to take final detail shots. I am loving these pictures from the realtor for the time being. Look at that bluuuuuuuue!

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Custom dresser in ivory satin lacquer and bronze hardware. 
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Boys Bathroom Vanity:
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Master bathroom:
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Look at this amazing view! 
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Los Angeles

The Stahl House was by far my favorite part of our trip to LA, but we had fun doing other things the two short days we were there. We stayed at the Andaz and we absolutely loved it! It was in a great location, was very modern and had the most beautiful rooftop pool overlooking the Hollywood Hills. We loved the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Urban lights installation. (I was kind of in love the elevator bank at the museum. Doesn’t it look very Mad Men?!) We also did one of those celebrity house tours (nerds!) and as embarrassed as I was buying the ticket, we had so much fun. Our favorite was a quick exterior tour of the Greystone Mansion that was in over 50 films (although the only one I can remember is Richie Rich!) Their gardens were so inspiring, I took way too many pictures but won’t bore you with! Imagine getting married there?! We also checked out the Getty Villa in Malibu and had lunch at Moonshadows overlooking the ocean. Literally. The bar where we sat was over the ocean! :)

 

Andaz Los Angeles hotel
LACMA
LACMA elevators
Greystone mansion gardens
Greystone mansion gardens
Getty Villa
Moonshadows Malibu

 

Stahl House

Ryan and I took a trip to California for our anniversary a few weeks ago and I’d love to share some photos!  We originally started planning this trip because we won a few nights at an amazing 5 star resort in Santa Barbara (more on that later!) so we decided to extend the trip. We flew into LA, stayed for a few nights, drove up the coast to Santa Barbara, stayed a few nights, drove up the coast a little more to San Francisco where we ended our trip. Our first stop (quite literally) was going to the Stahl House, and to say I was excited was an understatement! I’m sure you’ve seen the infamous photographs by Julius Shuhlmann. I mean… they are so beautiful. During our tour, they told us that the photo of the two women chatting were actually assistants to the photographer and it was an organic shot in the moment. Isn’t that interesting? I always imagined it being a formal cocktail party and they were women chatting about their husbands.

The home is very simply laid out in the Hollywood hills and has the most breathtaking view of the city. It is a “L” shape with the kitchen, living room, and dining room one one side, and the master bedroom, bathroom, and children’s bedroom on the other. While beautiful, it wasn’t the most practical for family life today. They had one TV, in the master bedroom, and the family all watched together in their room. Also, three children shared one bedroom and in order to get to their bedroom you had to walk through the parents bedroom. The house is still owned by the children, and even one of the sons was there to chat with us.

We arrived for the tour around 6:30pm and stayed for about two hours to watch the sunset. We took photos, experienced the space during different lighting, and chatted with some fun people from all across the country. You see those glass panels in the living room? They are actually sliding doors. We sat there chatting about our trip while the most perfect breeze swept through the house and it made me giddy. Giddy to be in California, giddy to be celebrating another year with Ryan, and giddy that I feel fortunate to be designer who gets this excited by design.

Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles

Stahl House, Los Angeles

Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles

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