Inspired by her family’s home in France, designer Karen Fabian set out to create a relaxing home that would perfectly merge her desire for an inspiring exterior with her love of a rustic, vintage aesthetic. Built in 1959, the Newport Beach, Calif. home had a solid footprint with the entire back of the home open to the impressive yard, but needed a few updates to make it right for modern living. Raising the ceilings and adding rustic-looking beams, overhauling the kitchen to add limestone and butcher block counters, sourcing the furnishings from flea markets and global travels, and designing an inspiring outdoor retreat transformed the space into a rustic-inspired home that could easily fit into the French countryside. Keep scrolling for a tour!
In the kitchen, the cabinets were painted blue, a colour that recalled kitchens Fabian had seen in France. Moroccan tiles give the space some eclectic appeal.
Outside, Fabian opted to create a California-friendly garden without grass but with similar plant varieties that were also at her family’s French home such as lavender and bougainvillea. “My intent was to live in the garden most of the year,” Fabian says. “So I designed multiple sitting areas and included a raised vegetable garden area for herbs, tomatoes, and more.”
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