When you renovate a house in Newport Beach, California—home to the iconic surfing spot, The Wedge, eternal sunshine, and flip-flops as far as the eye can see—you hire an interior designer who describes her style as "California cool." At least, that's what Todd and Gina Miller did when they looked to Shannon Wilkins of Prairie Home Stying to transform their six-bedroom, four-bathroom, 4,000-square-foot SoCal abode into a Spanish ranch-style property with a budget of $120,000.
"I wanted to give them an updated look, but keeping in mind that trends change quickly," Wilkins tells MyDomaine. In order to create the home that the Millers envisioned, Wilkins and her team renovated the kitchen, family room, and bathrooms with a neutral palette (except for a few green accent pieces) and almost entirely new furnishings and décor. The only original items that remained after the redesign were leather chairs inherited by the owners. "I edited everything else," Wilkins notes.
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Although you wouldn't know it by the look of the finished kitchen, this room caused the biggest design problems for the Millers. When the home was originally built in 2005, the space included a range built in the corner of the kitchen with a void behind it, which Wilkins was ready to remove during renovations. "By removing the void, we were able to add much-needed space," the designer explains. She and her team also got rid of a built-in seating area in the kitchen, moving green barstools to the island instead.
Just off of the large, ranch-inspired kitchen sits a thoughtfully decorated hallway. It features a small gallery wall, a vintage rug, and a velvet green day bed decorated with cream-colored pillows and a throw. It's a great way to make the most of every space available in the home. In fact, Gina notes that the chaise is one of her favorite items in the whole house. "My kids lounge on it all the time," she says. However, the homeowner is still on the hunt for more art to hang above the day bed.
Across from the striking green chaise lounge, the expansive floor plan opens up into a family room. It was the perfect place to style the sturdy, statement-making leather chairs that Wilkins started with. They work to frame the otherwise open space, sitting just on the edge of a large area rug. Topped with plush throw blankets, they immediately warm up the space.
"The family room was quite small, so we added la cantina-style doors to open up the space and added a super comfy couch for the whole family to sit on," Wilkins explains. Not only does the room feel larger, but it also delivers on the Miller's vision of Spanish ranch-style home, thanks to bright, white walls, lively plants, patterned throw pillows, and coastal-inspired art. "It says 'we are casual people with a bohemian style'," Gina shares.
The dining room offers an understated, yet chic appeal with an abundance of natural materials, including light wood floors, a reclaimed wood table, an oversized woven pendant light, white vases filled with sage, and nautical rope chairs—a favorite find of Wilkins'. "They were very inexpensive but look amazing, which is always great when your client has young children," she points out.
The master bedroom is brimming with beachy details that connect it with the rest of the home's interiors. The space maintains a neutral color palette, patterns and textures abound, from the cane headboard and bed frame to the pendant light and intricate rug. "My favorite place is my bedroom because it feels tranquil and private," admits Gina. There's an easy casualness to the room, highlighted by the effortlessly chic gilded mirror leaning against the wall and the white and blue striped throw spread across the vintage bedding.
Finally, the master bath manages to remain stylish and functional. Black, hexagonal floor tile contrasts with the white, square tile on the walls that gives the whole space a shiny glow. A rounded rectangular mirror feels modern and fresh above the sink, while plants sit on the vanity for yet another pop of green. Because the space lacks closed cabinetry beneath the sink, a casual, woven basket steps in to provide storage.