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Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


New Design Project: California Dreamin’

Kim Front

We are working on a renovation with a client who has a home near the beach just south of LA. The project is pretty massive in scope, but we are starting with the kitchen, which is tiny in comparison. However, this is the hub of the home, especially with this home’s open layout, so even though the kitchen’s footprint is tiny, the job is probably the most crucial part of the renovation, from a design perspective.

The house is classic 1970’s California beach house, with red cedar siding and big, picture windows. There is an amazing roof-top deck with views of the Pacific. The living room offers dramatic views of Marina del Rey and a forever- wild bird preserve. Needless to say, it is very cool, but just needs a little updating and design help to let its true potential shine through. The owners are both in the movie industry and constantly travel for work, so this renovation has been a tough thing to schedule and nail down (no pun intended), but they are finally ready to get ‘er done!

Kim LR

View from the living room. The kitchen is on the right.

The clients love an industrial look, but with a soft edge (she loves a white, farmhouse-style  kitchen), so the floors will be concrete. Trying to meld the two styles in a stylish and organic way is the challenge.

Here is the kitchen as is:

Kim's Kitchen

The concrete floors will extend into the kitchen now (originally we thought we would have to use concrete-like tiles because of the weight). We are shooting for a modern farmhouse look with industrial touches, so white shiplap and cabinets, industrial-style metal stools along the breakfast bar, and cool pendant lighting with industrial flair. The client wanted soapstone countertops, but I convinced her that a white quartz might offer better contrast, since she confirmed that she can have her beloved concrete floors. Plus, it will brighten up the space more. I am still hoping to paint the ceiling and use some (muted) color in the backsplash tiles. We will also buy a counter-depth refrigerator, to streamline the flow in this galley-style kitchen.

Below is the first round design board that I did for the client. Obviously we’ve already changed some things, like the counters and the flooring, but you can see where we started and, eventually, we will show you where we end up. Cheers!


xx Chelsea