Step Inside a Striking SoCal Home That Looks Anything but Beachy
When we dream of coastal living, we often picture the ocean views well before we get to thinking about the interiors. But in the case of Blackband Design’s latest project, the stunning views inside the home rival the seaside landscape. Built last year by SC Homes in Orange County’s Corona del Mar, the home’s modern architecture and warm contemporary style stretch across 8300 square feet with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Blackband Design’s renowned talent for coastal-chic interiors was a perfect match for the project, bringing a layered approach to the home that blended bright, airy, and clean finishes with more saturated tones and, of course, lots of texture.
The home called for dramatic, architectural pieces to create wow moments throughout, so designer Wendy Blackband and team designed countless custom furnishings for the different spaces to give each room its own point of view. In the end, this one-of-a-kind appeal proved to be Blackband’s favorite part of the final design. “I love how each space is very special and has its own unique style while still maintaining an overall cohesive vibe,” she remarks.
Oh, and did we mention that the home is for sale? Even if you’re not ready for the $13 million price tag (a girl can dream…), there’s endless inspiration in the design details. Below, take a tour of this striking SoCal home.
In any home designed for entertaining, a beautiful kitchen is the anchor. Blackband worked carefully to select a combination of materials that would feel modern while also creating inviting warmth. “The soft gray cabinetry pairs beautifully with the earth-toned tile flooring while the backsplash has a glam white feel,” Blackband explains. “The natural wood upper open shelving added another layer of interest that we tied in with the barstools.”
Each space in the house embraces both bright and dark hues, with abundant natural light playing off more saturated shades in art and décor. “Color and texture are thoughtfully selected in our design process,” notes Blackband. “We built off of a neutral palette using earth tones and added depth by bringing in rich saturated elements that gave each space its own personality.”
Blackband struck a balance between the angular and the abstract in the home by juxtaposing clean, architectural lines and furniture with more fluid painted shapes in art. To add a personal touch that suited the style of the homeowners, Blackband chose to feature local artist Daniel Maltzman. “Artwork was added after the final design was complete so that we could pick pieces that fit within each distinct space,” she explains.
Because a priority for the homeowners was entertaining large groups, Blackband knew a dramatic dining room was a must. True to form with the rest of the house, eclectic layers give the dining room an edgy sophistication against a striking floor-to-ceiling glass wine cellar. “We wanted it to have a very dressed-up, polished feel,” says Blackband.
The floating wood staircase and glass railing create a sleek, modern moment bathed in natural light by tall windows that extend from the main floor to the lower level of the home. To add just the right amount of wow factor to the landing, Blackband styled the space with a chic cocktail table vignette in rich colors.
Blackband’s color inspiration came from the home’s coastal location. “We took cues from the outdoors, pulling greens and blues from the surrounding scenery of the ocean and beautiful landscaping,” she says. “We mixed in layers of indigos, olive greens, ebony, aubergines, soft pinks, creams, and shades of gray.”
The master bedroom is a master class in mixing textures and levels of color saturation to create depth and dimension, making it one of Blackband’s favorite spaces in the home. “We have a mix of linens, velvet, fur, and brass along with different tones of wood to help balance out the space,” she states. With a warm gray canopy bed as the centerpiece, the room is dressed in a romantic gradient of warm tones that come through upholstery and accessories.
In the master bath, Blackband notes, “Slab walls and floating wood vanities keep with the modern bones of the home.” Here, the large windows help to give the room an indoor-outdoor feeling that's connected to nature. Warm wood tones and views of greenery outside build out the room's natural appeal.
In the end, Blackband’s objective for the home can be summed up in one sentence. She states, “We wanted it to have that Wow, this is interesting! appeal when you walk in the front doors.” Mission accomplished.