Hi everyone! It’s about time I share some pics from the second of the two beautiful Dana Point homes built by TWG Contracting. Just like the first project, my role was to spec all architectural materials from stucco to shower grout, light fixtures, paint and flooring to name a few. To warm up the space for your precious viewing eyes, I added some accessories and a few pretties here and there.
Through the building process of these two homes I’ve really discovered how much I am loving modern design, and feel the urge to incorporate just a touch of it in every project I’m working on right now– including my own home! I never thought I was cool enough for that aesthetic, but I had to let my insecurities go 😛
For the front door, we chose a soft gray-blue with just a touch of a green undertone. I didn’t want it to read “turquoise” or “aqua”, so Sherwin Williams’ Delft Blue, while a risk, turned out to be a perfect choice. I just love it with the succulent landscaping:
This brass globe chandelier filled the space’s proportions and set the stage for some splashes of brass throughout the home. The best part is that it didn’t break the bank, either!
Originally I had my heart set on a Monarch 9 1/2″ Plank floor- Windsor Collection in “Wentwood”. But unfortunately we didn’t quite have it in the budget. I ended up finding an amazing alternative for half the price! Sometimes obstacles are blessings in disguise. This European Oak floor is by Anderson Hardwoods; their Noble Hall collection in “Duchess”. And she’s not only versatile, but stunning, if I do say so myself!
The open floor plan meets you with the kitchen just on the other side of the glass-cased stairs. While the house is about 3,000+ sf, there are 3 floors and a smaller footprint to work with on each level. The kitchen had to pack in all the luxury feels in a tight space, without feeling too cramped. Using some glass front cabinet doors and forgoing uppers to let in more light near the sink, was an attempt to achieve just that. I also wanted the backsplash to blend and not be too busy, so we ran the Calacutta Quartz up the backsplash and all the way to the top of the range hood.
While I went with the more traditional white shaker around the perimeter, I wanted to keep the outer frames slim, and paired it with a mid-tone wood grain flat panel on the island. We decided to waterfall the edges and add a modern pop out for more functional seating. (There’s a utility-bearing wall cramping our style which you can’t really see in these photos)
The other risky choice I went for was the kitchen sink. I didn’t want this home to feel “farmhouse”, but I also wanted to incorporate some of those elements as we didn’t know the buyer yet! While it was a modern house, I still wanted it to appeal to those that had that modern/beachy/farmhouse look in mind when house hunting, as it is so popular especially in coastal homes. SO, Kohler’s apron front sink with a shallower profile was the pick. Only finished in their “Sandbar” to change it up. The modern shape of the black sconces give it it’s edge back and pull in the hardware. Then throwing in a little wide-plank shiplap in there for texture and love for Chip & Jo.
Powder baths always turn out to be my favorite place in a home! Small, mighty & bold, yet somehow neutral as well.
On the lower level- it’s like a hillside walk-out- are the 4 secondary bedrooms, a couple baths and a laundry room. The plan wasn’t always to go all-white in this space, but budget & time restraints left us less than a handful of options on the cabinetry itself. But since the room is so dark as you’ll notice, no windows, the white glossy finish of the cabinet doors and mini-hex backsplash actually bounce some light around in there. Good thing; laundry is depressing enough. Feeling like you have to tackle it in a cave is a recipe for a Zoloft prescription.
Lower ensuite #1 was outfitted in a budget friendly wall-mount vanity and turned up a notch with these badass Cedar & Moss wall sconces. The mixed metals gave it some more personality and tied into the door levers to keep things cohesive.
This second ensuite was a bit bigger and may function as a family guest suite or a multi-gen living situation. So we added double vessel sinks, and a bit of beauty texture with the shiplap.
Above on the 3rd floor, the master suite. The showstopper here is obviously the tile, which is a patterned terrazzo tile, carrying the ocean blue views from the outside, in.
To keep the footprint feeling spacious in fairly tight quarters, floating vanities were a must. My ten year old self still trips out on the infinity mirror effect.
More maaaaaarrrrrrbbbbllllleeee….. <3. Like great jeans; goes with everything.
And… final shot. It’s a wrap! This whole project was so great to be a part of, and really allowed me to stretch my wings into the modern realm. Now I’m kinda obsessed.
LMK if you would like to know any sources for the materials! Since this wasn’t a private client, I’ll gladly share my secrets. Have a great week! XO