California Cool Office for a Boss-Lady

Working from home can be hard and sometimes uninspiring, so we knew this boss-lady needed prime real estate that she actually wanted to be in.

Located between the foyer and the living room, the previous homeowners used the space as a formal lounge, but when its incredible natural light and view of the bus stop, it was the perfect place for the new office.

Before

Before

After

After

By adding two custom designed barn doors, the office can easily be closed off when needed but act as artwork when open. New lighting centered over a dining table-turned-desk gives her plenty of working space, and a floating credenza gives her plenty of storage. We brought in some fun textures and colors with the new rug and re-envisioned side chairs (shout out to my mom for reupholstering those caned beauties).

So what do you do to stay motivated and enjoy your work space? I love to turn on a good podcast and have a clean desk. Is there something that makes you feel less productive and distracted? Clutter? Uncomfortable chairs? Depressing weather? Squirrels?


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Pendant Light: West Elm

Rug: Target

California Cool Eat-In Kitchen Area

If you were here last week, you saw a great before and after in the kitchen of one of our clients. As promised, here is the beautiful other half of that room! I really love a great kitchen renovation where we can incorporate little moments like this one here.

pendant light over white oval table and wishbone chairs

The sweet homeowners had a dining room adjacent to this area, so we knew we wanted to create a less formal, more intimate and cozy space for the eat-in kitchen area. As with most kitchens, this area was going to get used for so many of the day to day activities. Whether it’s by the family of four at dinner, homework after school, or girls’ wine night, the goal was to accommodate numerous scenarios since we knew it would be the hub of the home.

pendant light over white oval table and black leather bench

We really love the way the custom bench and oval table allow for better range of motion by allowing us to move a little closer to the wall. Not only is the black faux leather on the seat cushion easy to keep clean and extremely durable, but it brings such a cool sense of style to the space. Another thing that gives us all the heart eyes is the vintage Kilim rug. Standard size rugs would have just laid too wide and short in this area. So with a little eBay searching, this one not only fits the space perfectly and brings in the most stunning muted colors, but it hides a multitude of sins (i.e. dinners and girls’ wine night).

serena and lily pendant light

The straight lines of the bench really set the stage for the gorgeous modern lines of the Eero Saarinen style table. The warmth and texture of the wishbone chairs keep everything from feeling too sterile, and the gorgeous pendant light from Serena and Lily carries that vibe right up to the ceiling. The simple art and accessories keeps everything fresh, clean, and oh-so-lovely.

white vases table centerpiece

Casually cool, California modern style, made approachable, livable, and uber functional for this cool midwestern family. I just can’t get enough of it!

Don’t you just want to spend all your lazy Sunday mornings here?


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Table: Amazon

Light: Serena and Lily

Art: Oh Finale on Etsy

California Cool Kitchen

As we head into the long weekend and all the feelings of love and thankfulness, I felt like it was only appropriate to share this beautiful kitchen space.

black and brass lights in white kitchen

The incredible lady that lives here with her husband and two sweet kiddos is someone I am so grateful to know and call my friend. This is the second home I have had the privilege of working on with her, and she never misses a chance to show her gratitude and appreciation. She’s the kind of person that shares what she loves and you instantly want it, too! I’m so grateful for the support she has shown my business as it has grown over the years, both as a client and a mentor (this girl knows business!).

modern white kitchen with white subway tile

When they moved into this house, the design direction was so clear from “go”. With a kitchen that needed some updates stat, we started there. Removing a pantry to add room for a big, beautiful island completely opened up the room. The combination of white subway tile from countertop to ceiling, cool black wall sconces over black painted windows, gorgeous quartz countertops, and I mixture of high contrast finishes balanced with wood tones sets off the California modern feel.

floating shelves on white subway tile and letter board

Custom-made shelves fit the space so perfectly, and are the perfect place to incorporate the homeowners’ hysterical personalities.

I’ll show you their eat-in dining area next week once the turkey clears!

Until then, here’s what the kitchen space looked like before.

outdated white kitchen
outdated white kitchen