There's nothing quite like stepping into a home that is flooded with natural light. And when that abode is located in sunny Newport Beach, California, you'd be crazy not to find ways to maximize that abundance of light that shines down all year round. And that's exactly what Brandon Architects did with this stunning home. It's open and airy with a balance of that traditional modern fusion we've been calling out all year. In fact, Brandon Architects coin this look the "transitional home," which translates to being rooted in timeless design but adapted for modern-day life.
This 7588-square-foot two-story house has six bedrooms and six bathrooms and encapsulates everything you'd imagine a home in southern California to possess: indoor/outdoor living space, large open windows, neutral color palette, and minimal coastal interior style that fuses historical inspiration with a contemporary feel.
The design team wanted to create open spaces that were flexible and generous for a large growing family. There was also a strong emphasis on the indoor/outdoor style, connecting living areas to the outside where possible. While there is a high level of design throughout, the team ensured the spaces felt both approachable and livable for everyday use.
The only existing piece that was used in this new construction was the Saarinen Table from Knoll in the breakfast room. It was so popular that the client has used it in every one of their homes.
The driving color of the home was cobalt blue as seen here in the striking rug of the dining room. The team felt this hue was modern and strong just like the house and its owners. The color also works well with black and white, which ensured a very bold and crisp look overall.
Brandon Architects are known for being versatile in many different ways. They approach each project with a blank slate so they can tell a unique story each time. This primary bedroom makes use of the high ceilings and brings in the cobalt blue via the rug once again to anchor the predominantly white space.
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The biggest design challenge for this home was creating a modern space (to meet their client's taste) that was also in harmony with the traditional neighborhood. This bathroom is a perfect example of that fusion. The architecture feels light, bright, and modern, while the freestanding tub and faucets add a traditional touch.
The incredibly tall ceilings are a prominent feature throughout the entire home and the team made sure they felt like a feature from an interior design standpoint too. This girl's bedroom really plays into the unique geometric ceiling style with the yellow-polka dot wallpaper and high bunk beds.
The team built in a window seat for the girls to play and read. It's also a nice way to include extra seating that doesn't take up space.
All of the colorways in the children's rooms are fun and bright. This bathroom brings in color and pattern play yet it still feels elevated and grown-up too.
The double bunk beds in each of the children's bedrooms are a really fun design element. We can only imagine how fun the sleepovers are at this house.
The bright yellow from the bedroom runs into the bathroom too. We love how they anchored it with gray subway tiles and modern pendant lights.
This does not look like a home bar. The edgy design is sophisticated and cool, like something you'd expect a trendy restaurant.