California Modern


OBJECTIVE: Create a beautiful and crisp kitchen and family room without using color while still functioning as a comfortable place for the whole family to relax and enjoy.


Unfortunately I have lost my before pictures of this project since I designed it in 2009 and was not blogging that year and didn't have the forethought to think to save those. But I will try and describe it in a word picture. ...

The picture above is a similar depiction of what it looked like.

There was dark burgundy carpet, khaki walls, beige sofa, a wicker chair, and a pair of dark chairs. The woven wood blinds, the hardwood floors, the fireplace and the white and black kitchen was all there for me to draw inspiration off of.


This was a really fun project and a wonderful family to work with. While most of this space was now mostly for the two of them as empty nesters, they still needed to accommodate for their family when their children came home from college.


With two pugs having the rule of the house we also needed to make sure the crisp white sofa we had envisioned for the space would hold up to their wet and/or muddy paws from the outside. We accomplished this by using a soft and comfortable Sunbrella fabric.


A clean and comfortable cream leather chair coordinates with the sofa and is durable for holding up to her husband's newspapers.


A pair of chairs were repurposed and reupholstered in a fantastic bold chocolate and vanilla geometric print. This was a leap of faith on my clients part. But I was so thrilled that she trusted my expertise and went along with me because those are her favorite in the room!


With copper architectural features in the woven woods, fireplace tile and hardwood floors it was a must to have pillows in the same color to tie it all in, across the room on the white sofa. Chocolate mohair pillows add texture and dimension to the natural palette while the cream embroidered pillow brings in the organic interest.

As the catalyst to the white and dark color contrast theme she chose white cabinets and black granite countertops for her kitchen, with copper elements in the woven wood shade and the chandelier.


I am so grateful that I was able to help this client create the room of her dreams. It's beautiful, it's awe inspiring, and it is functional. To top it off her neighbor came over to see the final product and she said :

“I feel like I’m sitting in a magazine.”

What better way to make my client happy by being able to have a space she can show off and share with her friends.