Home Tour: A Fresh Family Home Inspired by Napa
Interior designer Irene Lovett of Designstiles has a charming and comfortable aesthetic, and her portfolio is full of beautiful spaces that retain a sophisticated feel but are peppered with cozy, rustic details and luxurious accents. So when a young couple needed help transforming their home into a warm abode with California style, they knew just who to call. The clients, who both work in real estate and have a keen eye for design, wanted a cohesive home with interiors inspired by their love for Napa and Ojai, California.
To accomplish this, the couple worked with an architect to reconfigure their ’30s ranch-style abode and brought in Lovett to advise on the finish selections, space plans, and of course interior décor. “About 70% of the house was down to the studs, so it was pretty much an entire renovation,” Lovett tells us. By combining a soothing pastel color palette with rich metallic details and warm accents, the resulting renovated space is a fresh take on California design.
“My clients wanted the space to feel open and casually relaxed but rich in textiles and mood,” Lovett says. “They wanted to incorporate classic materials like marble and polished nickel finishes but mix them with current brass trends, ethnic rugs, and fresh fabrics.”
One of the most successful aspects of this design is how Lovett seamlessly combined pieces with traditional forms and shapes with more contemporary items to give the classic furniture and accessories new life and enable them to feel current. “Traditional pieces should be mixed with contemporary pieces in order for them to feel fresh,” says Lovett when asked for advice on how to pull off this look. “It can also be as simple as swapping out the outdated fabric on a traditional chair with a current pattern to make the piece feel updated. Offsetting items with fun or bold colors helps liven things up as well.”
In the kitchen, a previously “blah” design was transformed into an open and inviting space for the family to congregate. “The kitchen is the heart of the home, and I love the way it adjoins the family room and breakfast area, making it ideal for family-time hangouts and entertaining,” the designers says.
In the adjoining family room, new tile gives a fireplace unique personality. “I absolutely love the fireplace surround tile,” says Lovett. “I feel it completely captures the look of the home in the exact way we were aiming.”
The biggest change in the home was the reconfiguration of an office, lounge, guestroom, and bathroom into a large master suite encompassing the bedroom, his and her closets, and a spa-like bath. “The fact that the former narrow guest room turned into a master bathroom and a hallway was built in order to connect this side of the house to the rest of the house still amazes me,” the designer shares. “For a long time, it felt like we were so far from the finish line.”
Though the resulting spaces are totally serene, the project didn’t go off without its share of hiccups. “The contractor walked off the project just before its completion, and we all sort of had to step in and ensure the home moved forward and met deadlines,” Lovett tells us. “Also, back-ordered items are never fun to deal with!” Luckily the resulting design shows no signs of stress or panic. Instead the rooms are calm, relaxed, and inviting, just like Napa.
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