HistoryRenovation and Interior Design 2020-2022
CreditsCourtney Thomas Design
FeaturesMountain Modern aesthetic, multifunctional spaces that maximizing square foot,, family-focused features
Introducing Courtney’s house! Her original 1500-square-foot ranch house sheltered six people (two adults, four kids, and a dog). Those are tight quarters, even for prior New York City dwellers. The original house seemed short on architectural inspiration.+
She wanted symmetry, traditional lines, and lots of natural light. The house had odd angles, with confused roof lines, wood paneling, and dark spaces. Courtney started plotting her ranch house revenge the very first day she moved in. Those early plans waited fifteen years before they manifested. She is grateful for that time because it allowed her to fall in love with the origins of ranch architecture and recognize its potential for more modern lifestyle leanings. The result is a home that her family didn't realize they'd love so much.
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Wherever I could, I tried to bring the outdoors in. I wanted this house to feel the immediacy of its environment. That’s why the exterior front entry stone is carried through to the interior.
Adding a second island to a long kitchen gave us the perfect opportunity to separate tasks and how the kitchen gets used. The sink island is our dish and food prep area where the bar island is mail, crafts and quick snack spot.
The original design did not call for exposed beams but when I saw the 30’ beams going up in the Living Room, I had them replace the old beams over the kitchen to match and left them all open to the ceiling. It’s probably my favorite detail of the house.
This Primary Bedroom had to be a sanctuary (all parents should have one). It features some of my favorite things: a cognac leather reading chair next to a fire, Scottish plaid fabrics, a vegetable dye rug, art from my favorite cities and goofy portraits of my kids.
Adding patios to all the bedrooms made all rooms feel much bigger and our temperate CA climate means they can get used year round.