Samuel Family Fixer Powder Bath!

I have the first (and currently only) room I have designed from top to bottom in our #samuelfamilyfixer and today I am sharing our plans!  It’s just a pint size room but it’s going to pack a punch, as I think every powder room should, right? put me up to the challenge of designing our new (old) powder bath to be inspired around the summer season and I gladly accepted.

First lets take a look and what we are starting with.

BEFORE

INSPIRATION

When I thought of summer, I thought about the ultimate summer, and it took me back a few years to a vacation Rupe and I took to the south of France. We had been there a couple of summers in a row and spent most of the time in Provence but we took a day trip to Cassis and it was heavenly. In my mind, nothing says summer more than a packed out day at the beach and I took that day in Cassis and translated into our little powder room.

Before I left LA, I went to my local to pick out all the bathroom fixtures. I do a lot of online shopping but it is SO nice to get into a showroom and touch and feel allll the faucets and fixtures.

And to see so many in one place. Ferguson really does have the best selection. Above is the wall of faucets that I went through and picked from. Once I had a few of my favorite pieces I sat down with a Ferguson sales associate (hi Hannah) and she helped round out my selections by showing coordinating pieces and other options that were along the same lines as the pieces I was gravitating towards.

After I got home from the showroom Hannah sent me all the specifications and images of each of the products digitally so I could get to designing the rest of the space. Being a very visual person, I like to drag all the products into a mood board, move things around, and pull in different wallpaper options to see what fits best. From there I made my final selects.

PLANS

Keeping my ‘summer in Cassis’ inspiration in mind, I decided to bring in Terrazzo tile on the floor to mimic the rocky beach. The brings in the warm sand color, in addition to bringing another natural element into the space and the is a nod to the big round sun. The room is tiny and with no natural light so I wanted to keep it as light as possible. The wallpaper from  is full of personality but still bright and the crowded faces were perfect to reflect all those Frenchies (and tourists) flocking to the beach.

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Moore Residence Kitchen Tour

If I died and came back as a kitchen, I would want it to be this one. Working with and Architect to completely gut renovate an ill fitting traditional kitchen in the mid-century home was maybe the most satisfying kitchen renovation to date. The one good thing the early 90’s renovation brought us was square footage since Mid-Century homes aren’t known for large kitchens, but the rest was a quick goodbye. We worked to take out clashing lines and curved architecture and brought back a more modern aesthetic, while also adding elements like marble slabs and floating shelves which make it feel very now.

Previously a curved alcove, we removed the french doors and replaced them with Fleetwood sliders to match the rest of the home’s existing windows and doors, the breakfast nook now is an seamless extension of the kitchen. A Lambert and Fils chandelier hangs above a Saarinen style table and wooden chairs bring warmth to the poured terrazzo floors and all the white.

As you’ll see below, we had a lot of work to do. The ceiling was a mish-mash of lines that we needed to streamline, the mall looking skylight was replaced with a flat glass one, new Cedar and Moss pendants were installed and all that was just from the ceiling up! We did custom cabinetry and had them painted in. The white custom range hood, shelves and all the walls are painted in .

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to see where we started…

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To see all the tours and progress of the Moore Residence project, check here. And there’s more to come!

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Black is the new Black

It was brought to my attention that I never shared the before and after of our LA house exterior on the blog, and since I aim to please… (and because you better believe we will be painting the new house some shade of black as well), here she is!

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AFTER

It’s amazing what black paint can do! Right? Well, and a new door, and new shutters, and a lot of cement work, and landscaping and a new fence. ha See that tiny cactus to the left of the “before” photo? It is the same one in the “after” photo and that is just about the only thing we saved and look… he is so happy!

We did the landscaping plan ourselves and worked with a local landscaping team to bring it to life. Keep in mind I know almost NOTHING about plants and in hindsight I would not have chosen the “stick on fire” plant (that is the one next to the cactus partly blocking the left window). For one they are poisonous to dogs and babies (only if they eat them so it hasn’t been a problem, but still) and then secondly it grows SO fast. Like way to fast and too big. The agave and the other plants have grown in so well we didn’t even need them. The main lesson I learned is to start your plants small and it won’t take long for your garden to grow in. I wanted it to look good instantly, which it did, but then a year later it was already looking almost too full! Aside from that, I love how it turned out.

We painted the walls just a slightly darker shade of the same color. Previously, I had mentioned it being Iron Mountain from Benjamin Moore but when I went to go retouch the paint before we rented it out to tenants I realized that wasn’t the case and remembered I had mixed Iron Mountain with Cracked Pepper by Behr to make a custom color and then I brought it to the paint store to get color matched.

The other big change was extending out the stairs to the front door to create a small patio. It instantly made the entry feel more grand. Then we had the landscaping team pour custom large sized pavers for the side walk, which brought in one more detail that helped to modernize the exterior. All the seemingly small details on their own make one big impact.

To see all of our Los Angeles house renovations, check here.

And now… what to do on our new family fixer!? It may be super boring for blog reading purposes, but on modern houses, I basically will go one or two ways with the exterior and that is white or black. Find me a charming victorian and I might go the softest shade of pink… but still, a black victorian would be pretty great too for the juxtaposition alone. But anywho… from the second we saw the realtor photos of the house we knew we would 100% be painting it black if we got it ( we just painted our last project white, so clearly we are due to go back to black. ha). A modern black house in a wooded setting has always been a dream of mine that I can’t believe is actually coming true and so close to the city. There is just something magic about being surrounded by all that green and how a black house feels right at home amongst the trees.

While we are waiting on finalizing designs on the inside, I am itching to get rid of the red so I already made a couple trips to our local to get samples and we are getting right to it. Above you can see where I painted some swatches next to the window and my options are almost black, black, blacker, and blackest. (ok the real colors are : (from the top down) Urban Bronze, Tricorn Black, Caviar, and Iron Ore). When choosing exterior paints, always paint the swatches… the bigger the better, and also in multiple places. Colors change in every light, so it is good to live with them for a couple days and see how you like what paints at different times of day in the different locations. From there if you are lucky, one will be the clear winner. If you are unlucky and you like one on one side and a different on the other, I would choose the one you will see or care about the most.

We are still in the ‘living with them stage’ so stay tuned for which shade we choose! And which would you choose?! Or if you still think black is crazy, what color would you do?

In the meantime I will leave you with some pretty black houses surrounded by trees, in case I didn’t make a big enough case for it myself.

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To see all of the posts and to get the full back story on where and why we moved, check here.

Mandy Moore Master Bathroom Tour

I’m continuing on with the full tour of our residential project for Mandy Moore, we have the master bathroom! Bathrooms and kitchens are my favorite spaces to design and this one measures pretty high in the ranks of favorites. Just wait until you see the before and after (below). As I’ve mentioned Mandy’s house had a few unfortunate 90’s renovations where they added curved elements that clashed with the original architect’s design. At first glance we were going work with the existing footprint but the deeper we got into the project the more it was evident that we needed to straighten those lines up. So , the architect, worked to adjust the footprint around the bathtub to match the lines of the rest of the house, which also created the opportunity for a much more generous shower.

And speaking of that shower… we (Mandy, Taylor, Emily and I) all took a trip to Stoneland to pick out the beautiful marble slabs. The unlacquered brass shower hardware, sink and tub faucets came from Rejuvenation.

This bathtub moment is what bubble bath dreams are made of. The modern freestanding bathtub and the statement light fixture above are both from Wayfair.

The custom vanity Emily and I collaborated on is made of white oak, and houses kohler sinks and Rejuvenation faucets. We carried the marble slab over from the shower to the vanity by using it as the countertop and up the backsplash.

And it wouldn’t be as satisfying without a side by side before and after right?

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To see all of the progress and tours so far on Mandy Moore’s house,  check here.

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Mandy Moore Master Bedroom Tour

This post was created in collaboration with Parachute

Ok you guys, it is time! It is Mandy Moore’s house tour time. If you have been following along on our project, you have gotten sneak peeks galore on , (the architect), and feeds. In that case, you also most likely saw the Arch Digest story/tour, but now I get to share allllll the details that so many of you have asked for, and all the photos that I have been dying to share.

First up is the Master Bedroom. We didn’t have to do any huge architectural changes in this room (aside from the flooring. hello poured-on-site terrazzo… more on that later). Thankfully the 90’s renovation didn’t flounce up this space. On the first walk through with Mandy, I immediately had the idea to create a custom built-in bed. The space between the little “bump outs” (for lack of a better term) begged for it. We ended up building them out a touch to make them more substantial, and to house the built-in headboard with floating nightstands. Everyone’s favorite , emerald green velvet, and soft textured layers of ivory and white make this space impossibly inviting. The view isn’t too terrible either.

One of the most satisfying aspects of this project was getting to work with many of my favorite artists, friends, and the people behind brands I love. The master bedroom truly highlights that. From the minute I heard about and founder Ariel Kaye’s mission to create the best sheets on the market, I was interested, and from the first night I slept in their bedding, I became a devout fan. So, it was a no brainer to outfit Mandy’s bed in Parachute. If you’ve ever heard me talk about , or founder Michelle Aaro, all the bazillion times I have used their lighting in projects, you know how much I love their product. Her collection is perfect for the modern home and I am not sure if it is the beautiful designs or the fact that Michelle is one of the genuinely sweetest persons on the planet that has me always sourcing from them (it’s both).

Now, let’s talk about that bench. I met at a trade show after she reached out to me on Instagram saying she was going to be in town. I nearly missed her as I was leaving the trade show and realized I didn’t see her booth. After furiously DMing her, I ran back inside just in time to catch her and her stunning line and was so glad I did because every piece is just that.

And last but certainly not least, the wall hanging. Fiber artist and I go way back, ok not that we had ever actually met in person, but we have been on email basis for years while I have been saving my pennies for one of her pieces. Before she recently (ish) moved to Ojai, she got her start while living in Grand Rapids, MI (where we just landed) so we have a friend or two in common as well. I have always admired her artistry and the way she is continually pushing forward with her work in a medium that is riddled with copycats. We commissioned this custom piece for Mandy and Taylor and it was the perfect addition to the space.

Ok this post has turned into a giant mushy love fest but I couldn’t be more thrilled with how this project turned out and all the people involved.  Mandy, as I’ve mentioned before, was the type of client one can usually only dream of and my design team partner in crime, , is the architect one can usually only dream of working alongside and of course my love for the photographer, , runs deep as does her talent.

And before I leave you… a little before and after

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AFTER

So there you have it… Mandy and Taylor’s master bedroom, their two cute pups, and the whole rest of the house to go (including another Parachute clad bedroom that hasn’t been seen before). Stay tuned!

To see all of the posts on the Moore Residence project, check here.

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