HistoryRemodel & Interior Design 2018
Courtney Thomas Design
Builder: Jeff Tanner Construction
FeaturesA modern spin on the traditionally coastal theme was the goal, and we had our plan to get there. We started by paring down heavy patterns and stocky furnishings and played up clean lines and simple, playful fabrics. +
From all levels, and nearly every room and deck, this house offers sweeping panoramic ocean, coastline, and Catalina sunset views. We did make some small structural changes to enhance what was already there, but the home’s open floor-plan and clear division of private and public spaces were strengths we capitalized on and didn’t feel the need to tweak.
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Given that view, it makes sense that the color ‘blue’ was the mantra we followed throughout.
By working in some bursts of blue through artwork, and keeping the art up-to-date by using simple, boxed frames or acrylic shadow boxes, we created a modern look and air.
The kitchen and bar areas are connected with shaker-style cabinetry and polished nickel hardware, while unique countertop finishes—white marble-like quartz and rugged concrete quartz—set each space apart.
The real eye-catchers are the tiled backsplashes (a sea-blue subway tile from Sonoma Tilemakers and hand-painted patterned find from Ken Mason). Paired with open shelving, the bar area’s tile becomes a focal point from the neighboring living room as well.
As you can imagine, there were two things at odds in this room: unfettered access to the views and drapery that would protect them from the morning’s blinding rays. We used Roman shades in a light-blocking Duralee fabric, and also opted for fade-resistant fabrics, wherever possible.
This room steals my heart. It’s one of the downstair’s bedrooms, and whenever I’m in it I feel such a sense of delight. The pinks and corals are unexpected in this house of blue and I love how it manages to charm while also be energetic and whimsical. It’s one of the homeowner’s favorites, too.
We paired white-washed walls with refinished dark-stained wood floors and peppered that backdrop with stylish wow moments throughout. In a downstairs hallway, stair risers clad in a trio of decorative porcelain tiles by Jeffrey Court steal the show.
We didn’t want this room to be relegated as the kids only room since the homeowners wanted it to be potentially used by adults, too.
In a home office, a collection of the husband’s maritime memorabilia includes a flag donning the U.S. Navy cry, Don’t Give Up The Ship, found at a local antique store. Other nautically influenced furnishings include a sofa clad in denimy Jane Churchill fabric, stripes, wood, and wicker accents.
To make this tiny 5’ deep by 9’ long bathroom functional, we raised and narrowed the vanity, included two (looks like three) vanity drawers for shallow and deeper storage, wall mounted the toilet to gain floor space and replaced the bathtub with a walk-in shower accessed by a barn-door shower glass.
In the master bath, a cast iron freestanding tub from Signature Hardware adds an industrial touch to the clean contemporary feel of the marble-topped vanity.
When design can bring in beauty—through a vista, or by accessing the outdoors—it invites us to be a different kind of person … more calm, maybe more inspired, and always more joy-filled.
On the outdoor deck, Frontgate furniture sports blue Sunbrella cushions, mirroring similar shades in the living room just steps away.