Friday, May 7, 2010

California Dreaming

Remember my long-distance client in California with this to-die-for home?

A number of weeks ago I received an e-mail from a friend of hers who liked what I had done, wondering whether I might be interested in helping her revamp a few spots throughout her home. Of course I jumped at the chance, having had such a great experience working with her friend. And when I saw the photos of her home, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.

Take a peek:

Exterior view of the home, taken from the garden. Can't you just imagine yourself sunbathing by that pool, nestled snuggly on the hillside? Heaven on earth for those of us in gray Seattle.

Entryway, currently papered in a subtle print (soon to be not-so-subtle...she came to the right person!)

Dining Room, in Farrow & Ball's "Folly Green." I instantly like someone who would select this color for their dining room. Takes some chutzpah.

The furnishings are all family antiques, so we are freshening things up with a more contemporary sideboard and new curtains. Love the large-scale diamond pattern on the Stark natural fiber rug.

So many elements in the kitchen that I love: the stove (to die for), the bold wall tile, simple yet slightly funky glass pendants in the eating nook, and fun yet classic fabric on windows and bench seats.

Upstairs landing -- that chandelier is the perfect shade of blue.

Gorgeous Manuel Canovas drapes in the youngest child's room -- we'll be doing a coordinating fabric on the rocker and custom pillows for the bed. The color scheme of lavender and chartreuse is perfect for a little girl's changing style -- youthful and fresh without feeling juvenile.

Heading downstairs to the playroom... again, a client with the courage for a runner like this is the stuff dreams are made of. This one's from Stark and would make me smile every time I walked up and down the stairs.

The kids' playroom -- I want to move in! My kids would be green with envy.

In looking at the photos of their home, I admired several gorgeous landscapes sprinkled throughout the rooms, only to discover they were painted by one of the clients. Here are some of my favorite pieces from his Web site:

Stay tuned for "after" photos as we begin making some changes.... I just had to share pics of this gorgeous spot as it is today. It's such a treat to work with clients who begin with so many beautiful elements already in place!


Nikki said...

Wow! Beautiful home. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

I love, LOVE that blue chandlier

Trove Interiors said...

Gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you do with the entry way and dining room. It's going to be spectacular.

Open House LLC said...

The house has a good start and you're right-she is the perfect client for you. There is a disconnect throughout that I am certain you will pull together. Love her confidence and playfulness. This will be a fun project to follow so take photos and remember to share!

Dovecote Decor said...

I think those are the same dining chairs I have. I have tried to sell them several times, to no avail. However, it is a blessing in disguise. They are extremely comfortable and friends sit at the table for hours! They are visible in my last post. Hold the chairs!

Organic lawn care Hudson Valley, NY said...

Beautiful house and the outside lawn and surrounding is amazing.Very beautiful house from inside ans well as from outside and the location is awesome.

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