While we talk a lot about interior design at MyDomaine HQ—and we love nothing more than to decorate a space—it's architecture that really makes our hearts skip a beat. This structure forms the foundation, or canvas, if you will, for everything that comes after it. So if your home doesn't have "good bones," then the interior design process will definitely be a more challenging process to cover up any architectural flaws.
That wasn't the case with this home. Built in 1927, this Spanish Revival style formed the ideal backdrop for Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of California-based Studio Life.Style. Although the designer duo renovated the entire house ("almost every room down to the studs"), their goal was to keep the integrity of the iconic architecture style intact.
They pared down some of the heavy traditional Spanish elements to create a more modern and updated space. "We have a refined yet approachable style and really try to stay true to the architecture of the home or space we are designing," says Zwickl. Step inside and see how this dynamic pair transformed an outdated home with spectacular results.
To maintain the Spanish Revival style, Zwickl and Wollack ensured the entry looked the part too. "We loved the idea being immediately greeted with this beautiful tile at the entry," she says. "It is a bit unexpected to see a colored tile in an entry, and it makes a great impact."
This also meant keeping many of the home's original arches. "We left the front entry door and window arched and added one to the transition from the living room to the dining room," says Zwickl. "We also added an arch above the master bathroom vanity and on the back patio."
The dining room evokes an antique aesthetic, which is quite different from the rest of the home. "The homeowners asked to incorporate the vintage pieces from their travels," says Wollack. "The room has a worn, aged feel that works with the Spanish architecture of the home."
If there's one room in the house where the architecture is completely original to the home, it's in the living room with the arched window. They also salvaged an original window from the front of the house and turned it into a mirror that is hung in this space.
Staying true to their design aesthetic, Zwickl and Wollack wanted to keep most of the space "pretty clean and crisp with touches of color via the tile and reclaimed wood."
The major renovations took place in the kitchen. Opening up the living room into the kitchen was "important for the overall design" of the home. "The kitchen has a very clean, fresh feel with touches of decorative elements such as the statement marble and the vintage lighting piece over the island," says Zwickl. And it's safe to say we're obsessed.
Say hello to the marble backsplash of your dreams. Despite all the beauty you see now, Zwickl says the biggest challenge of this renovation was the rain—kind of hard to believe in California. "We renovated through a California winter and had lots of delays due to the heavy rains," she says.
The master bedroom is where you really see the modern and traditional merge. The neutral tones and soft textures of the bed fuse effortlessly with the blue European floor to wall tiles of the complementary bathroom, ensuring an impactful and seamless appearance.
The stunning master bathroom tile is also a callback to the original design of the home. "A larger window in the shower and the addition of the decorative arch at the entrance of this bath helped to bring the other elements from the home all together," says Wollack.
Despite the small size of the powder room, Zwickl and Wollack wanted this space to have some major impact. So they paired a statement tile with a dark, textured wallpaper. "We love when each bath in a home tells its own story," says Zwickl.
This house has three and a half bathrooms, so the duo wanted to ensure each made its own statement. The combination of the black shiplap and the cement tile incorporates a "great moody intensity," and we're not mad about it at all.
Even the smallest of rooms were carefully considered. We love how much they experimented with darker wall colors too despite the small space of this vanity.
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For this bath, they wanted to keep it really simple with an all-white motif and let the marble in the shower make the statement. Keep scrolling to see what we mean.
This bathroom is proof that you can never have too much marble. Yes, please.
Despite all the beautiful rooms in this Spanish Revival home, the designers' favorite thing about the space is the bifold doors that open to the charming backyard and pool. "It's really a quaint space, and when the doors are open, the indoor/outdoor really become one," says Wollack.
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This post was originally published on January 4, 2018, and has since been updated.