Shop the Look: Neptune Ave. Project

Hello & happy Sunday!

Today we’re rounding up some of our favorite decor pieces as shown in the Neptune Ave. project kitchen. I’ve talked about this project being more on the modern side, so it was important to me to add warmth and texture through the final decor and styling of the space. Links are below for our fave pieces pictured.

Enjoy!

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Project Reveal: Neptune Ave. Residence

Hello & happy Sunday folks!

I’m excited to share some nitty gritty details on our Neptune Ave. project., nestled on my favorite street EVER in Leucadia - or let’s be real, probably all of San Diego. Steps away from the best little coffee shops, Beacon’s beach or Grandview, and just 5 minutes from Encinitas. Need I say more?

This client came to me towards the end of last year, already deep in the remodel process with the house fully gutted. They already had their floor plan figured out and pulled me in to help select all finishes and materials throughout the house, provide some technical elevation drawings for the bathrooms and kitchen, and some other final details needed throughout the space. They had a pretty clear vision of what they wanted - more on the modern/ contemporary side, although they found themselves drawn to mid-century modern elements and materials with some warmth. We worked to create a space full of timeless and simple materials with some unique elements of interest and contrast. Let’s take a look!

KITCHEN

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White glossy slab cabinets, quartz continuously used throughout the countertops and backsplash, and a warm wood pantry for the win. This client pretty much knew they wanted white slab cabinets but didn’t want it to feel too cold in the kitchen, so we added warmth through the wood on the full pantry wall, a natural woven element above the sink, and a vintage rug (of course!) While the sink in the corner isn’t very typical, it was important to this client to have dishes far far away from their open concept space leading out to the dining and living area. Storage was on the tighter side in this home so we decided to run the upper cabinets all the way up to the ceiling here, so while it is ‘a look’ it’s also super functional in this case.

POWDER BATH

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This might be my favorite little bathroom ever. It’s SO simple, yet such a statement. Again the client wanted to keep things simple, but still add a little ‘wow factor’ as it is the bathroom that most guests see. We went with a glossy, marble herringbone tile on the vanity wall only, mixed metals, and some super simple style. This bathroom mirror of my dreams was from Anthropologie and both the client & I knew this was the winner once presented as one of a couple options for the powder bath mirror. Most plumbing throughout the house is black and polished chrome so I wanted to switch it up in here by mixing in some brass metals with the black sink faucet. Little cutie arrangement was made by my dear friend and former client, Wildflower San Diego.

TWEEN BATHS

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This teenage girls bath was meant to really be cohesive with the rest of the home, with some details honing in on a fun, and feminine bathroom. We stuck to light and bright materials - a 12x24 porcelain wall tile, light grey hex flooring, and a coordinating penny tile (not pictured) on the shower floor. We went with matte black plumbing and fixtures for this girls bath to give the space a little edge against a primarily bright palette.

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Now for the teenage dudes bath! With this one going off to college soon, we wanted the space to be both masculine and also suitable for any guest in the future when this becomes the primary bath for guests staying upstairs. We went with a small, glossy black hex throughout the bath, a warmer wood vanity with black edge pulls, and a light grey 12x24 tile on the shower walls.

MASTER BATH

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This master bath was a fun one - and definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone slightly as it leaned very modern, as did the rest of the project. I’ve always LOVED and been so inspired with modern design, but it really takes a client to want that look to be able to go for it. Fun fact: we actually had some issues with the coordinating shower pan tile to the main floor very much NOT coordinating… so we had to switch things up last minute and landed on this black pebble tile that matched the main floor tile PERFECTLY. This dream of a client was inspired by nature and this tile instantly connected with her. The wet room was really created to feel like an oasis, spa-like, even. To add my own little touch, we tiled the entire dual-vanity wall with a beautiful matte-marble penny tile.

We hope you love this project as much as we do. You can check out the rest of this project on our Neptune Ave. Residence page - enjoy!

The Coolest of Fall-Inspired Palettes

As we start to get closer to a new season, we are finding ourselves navigating towards cooler colors. Slate blues, deep-caramel/ mustards, and charcoals are filling up my Pinterest and I ain’t mad about it! While it may always be sunny in San Diego, I’m still inspired by the shift in seasons that you can’t help but see and feel. I love to see how these colors and inspiration seep into so many different elements of design - tile, lighting, bedding, fashion - you name it! - it’s always something to be noticed across the board. Enter: our cool fall-inspired mood board below. Enjoy!

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Feelin' Just Peachy

Happy Sunday!

I don’t know about you but Sundays are always my day to truly slow down, relax, and refuel for the week. Whether that be going out to breakfast with loved ones, tidying up around the house, or planning for the week ahead - it’s always a day I look forward to and know I can count on to catch up.

AKA we’re catching up on the blog today with some peachy vibes we’ve been diggin’. Links to this inspiration and goodness below - enjoy!

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Top Left Interior: Three Birds Renovations // Coral Clay & Brass Sconce // Planter // Leather Chairs // Concrete Basins // Stripebreak Rug by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Bottom Right Interior: Three Birds Renovations

Summertime Vibes

Summertime is here! Anyone else get to soak up some sunshine in the last week? I think it’s safe to say there is something special about soaking in sunshine, jumping in the ocean, and refueling a bit as this summer heat approaches. I know it’s typically sunny in San Diego, but I still cherish these extra sunny months!

We’re here to bring some summertime-inspired decor to you that we’re vibing with this summer. Enjoy!

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Trends We're Diggin'

While trends come and go, there are always those special ones that just stick with you. I always like to look at trends at the start of the year and what others are forecasting, so I thought I’d check in mid-year and see what’s continued to tickle my fancy.

We’re here to talk about a couple of trends we’ve been seeing - some old and some new - and all that are just too dang good. Get ready to feast your eyes on some beautiful, trendy pieces and spaces we can’t get enough of.

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We’ve all seen this done before - cabinetry sans hardware - leaving the kitchen feeling more minimal and streamlined. I continue to see this trend and continue to love it whether it be a cut-out or lip in the cabinetry to eliminate the need for hardware, I’m into it!

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I think at this point we’ve seen a subway tile pattern done enough - and don’t get me wrong, it will forever be classic (and I’ve done this many times as well) but it’s always nice to switch things up. I LOVE seeing how creative people are getting with these simple tiles we already use constantly. From a horizontally stacked white subway tile with one column of the same tile flipped vertically and framing that horizontal stack (left photo) you get this amazing, almost woven looking pattern.. drooling. The photo on the right shows two rows of vertically stacked white subway tile that meet and transition to horizontally stacked olive-green tile. SO simple, and such a cool way of switching things up with a simple material.

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The trend of floating shelves has been around for a hot minute and I don’t see it going anywhere. However, I do see the concept evolving and different versions of this being done. Hence, the single open shelf. This trend is definitely for the more minimal and aesthetic-driven clientele as it eliminates any additional storage above but it is SO DANG BEAUTIFUL. This single open shelf tends to always be in line with any other upper cabinets or a range hood and results in a minimal, streamlined look.

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Everything comes back around at some point, right? While you may remember this material from the floors of your school or airport, terrazzo has been comin’ in hot in so many ways lately. From interior spaces, kitchen countertops, backsplashes, bathroom floors - to products such as lamps and coffee table tops I am seeing (and have been seeing) terrazzo everywhere. Terrazzo lamp pictured in the center above from Anthropologie.

Before & After: Mid-Century Meets South Park

Who’s ready for another juicy before & after?!

If you haven’t already seen the Mid-Century Meets South Park project, chchchchchcheck it out here. I got to design this bad boy from the inside out - revamping the exterior, all interiors, and furnishings the units converted to Airbnbs. There were three different layouts total amongst seven units, so I got to play around with kitchen configurations to make each space the most efficient. Now for the good stuff, lets check out the before & afters.

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THE EXTERIOR

As you can see, the exterior needed some major love. The chain link fence had to go, and the landscaping needed a bit of a refresh to say the least. We were on the fence about going white or super dark with the exterior and decided to go bold, because why not?! We knew we wanted to add a pop of color in the doors, but went with a more subtle, light blue to create a stark contrast against the primarily dark exterior. Simple mid-century inspired exterior sconces were added to give that exterior the dash of flare that it needed, and we swapped out some old brick walkways to units with squares of concrete. The chain-link fence was removed and replaced with a more modern, horizontal wood slatted fence to modernize this building as a whole and add some warmth. Not too shabby if I do say so myself!

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THE KITCHEN

As much as I love pink and maroon tile… said no one ever!!! The kitchen needed some major updating. We went with a classic shaker-style cabinet painted in a cool grey, calacatta quartz countertops, and vertically stacked and staggered subway tiles. With long term rentals, you want the design to be pretty dang timeless and simple so most people can really envision themselves in the space - and that’s pretty much my MO all the time anyways. We did spice things up with the upper shelving though - skipping the floating shelves or closed upper cabinets and going with these open box-style frames to add some interest. With this set up you still get two functional sets of shelving, and something a little different to spice things up.

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THE BATHROOM

Now this bathroom was SUCH a fun one to update. With so much gray, charcoal, and white going throughout the property I wanted to do something fun in here. We designed a simple, custom floating wood bath vanity and went with a light-blue penny tile throughout the floor, shower dam, and shower floor, and a marble-looking porcelain subway tile on the shower walls. I added that little mid-century pop I wanted to include through these amazing black and brass cone sconces from Etsy.

P.S. If you’re looking for a staycation in South Park or visiting from out of town, you can actually stay in these beauts! They’re in an amazing location in the heart of South Park, it doesn’t get much better than that. If you’re interested head to Divvy Group for bookings!