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.



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!



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.



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!

A Cool Spring Palette

A palette so soothing it just might make you fall asleep… just me?? Currently dreaming up some spaces that encompass these cool, neutral hues. As much as I love a bright, white and airy palette I find myself wanting to add in contrast - whether it be every so slightly or more stark. These deep, muted and earthy tones mixed with natural elements against a white slate accomplish just that. Enjoy :)

- Katie // Solstice Interiors


Top Left Interior Photo: Alex Bennett Design // Top Right Double Sconce by Douglas & Bec // African Mud Cloth Pillow by Mae Woven // Patina Pendant by Allied Maker

Get the Look: Mid-Century Meets South Park Project

Happy Tuesday folks!

I recently wrapped up a project nestled in the heart of South Park. With a mix of long-term rentals and two Airbnb’s I got to design each unit from the inside out. From flooring and bath vanities to styling each nightstand and shelving in the kitchen, not one detail was overlooked. I’m here to share all of the nitty-gritty details so you can shop your favorite items from one of my favorite rooms in the space - the bedroom. What I love most about furnishings and styling Airbnb’s is getting a little funky with the decor while still making sure it’s a space I’d want to stay in if I were going to an Airbnb.


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Sunday Sneak Peek: JuneShine 2.0


As most of you may know I’ve been jamming on JuneShine 2.0 over the past couple of months. We’re taking all of our favorite elements from the first location in North Park into this new space and I can’t wait to share the final product. For now, here is a sneak peek into JuneShine’s second tasting room location in Scripps Ranch coming this June.



Before and After: Solana Surf Lofts Exterior

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

I’m throwing it back to the recently completed Solana Surf Lofts project to show you a major transformation of the exterior. I was so excited to not only get to totally flip the inside of this building and each unit, but also get to play a role in the exterior facelift. Being steps away from the beach and Fletcher’s Cove in Solana Beach, we knew we wanted this building to play into a more modern, Cali-cool vibe.




Photography by  Stacy Keck

Photography by Stacy Keck

WHAT’S COOKIN’ GOOD LOOKIN’! We updated the bland beige with a full blown white-out, and painted the brown headers, trim, and windows black for a modern twist and stark contrast from the white. I knew I wanted to bring a pop of color into the doors without being so in your face, so we landed on this muted sky-blue, which we tied into the exterior mural. The exterior mural of my dreams! I got to team up with my very talented other half, Attila Betyar, to bring this building to life. Attila is a wizard of painting waves, whether it be on buildings, canvas, or shoes (also the artist and brains behind The Canvas Way) - we knew he was the guy for the job. He hand-painted both the text and wave element over the course of two days and tied in our front door color + black into this simplistic but powerful piece.

If you’re ever in the area, this beauty is located just behind the Pizza Port and is a must to see in person.


Katie Gebhardt

Solstice Interiors on DESIGN MILK!

Leo is on DESIGN MILK!

Our recent work on the lovely Leo - a modern massage, wellness + nail salon in North Park - is on DESIGN MILK! What is life?! You can check out the link to the full article here. A huge shout out to all of the amazing people who helped make this space amazing, and of course Jina Javier - the owner of Leo, for bringing me on to create this space of your dreams. And of course, thank you to DESIGN MILK for the feature, I am beyond honored and STOKED! :)

Project: Leo

Mural by Janie Rochfort of Betty Larkin

Custom chairs, check-in desk, nail polish display, front entry built-in seating designed by us and made by Moniker Design

Photos by Amber Thrane of Dulcet Creative