Before & After: House of Whiskey

While I know this is WAY overdue, I figured better late than never right?

Prepare yourselves - the before of the beautiful House of Whiskey project can be frightening, but I’m sure as you’ve seen it’s far from that now. I had the pleasure of working with a good friend on this project and was able to take his vision and create a modern, surf-shack inspired home nestled in the heart of Bird Rock, San Diego. We completely gutted this residence, just leaving the overall wall footprint the same. We renovated the flooring throughout, both bathrooms, the kitchen, and gave the exterior a major face-lift. I hope you enjoy seeing this transformation as much as I enjoyed designing it!



This kitchen was a wood and granite overload, and had seen its day. We ripped everything out of there and went with a simple, timeless white-shaker cabinet and some square-edge black hardware to modernize the space. This paired with the natural wood floating shelves added some warmth and variation to an all-white kitchen.



More wood and granite, paired with a pink tiled shower…. but why!! I was SO excited to demo this bathroom. I had an olive-green bath vanity in mind for quite some time and knew this was the perfect opportunity. I got real funky with the mix of materials - a patterned floor tile, a muted-grey penny tile in the shower floor, and white subway tiled flipped vertically. I wanted to spice things up while maintaining a monochromatic palette, so that the olive green vanity was the major pop of color and wasn’t competing with anything else.


Vanity Paint Color - Behr Conifer Green PPU10-19

Mirror - West Elm

Linen Towels - Parachute Home



Wood and granite, we meet again. ICK!

There was a door that led to this bathroom from the entry stairway, and two large windows that were rather low if you imagine any guest coming over and you’re in that bathroom… hello! Behind the sink were more windows that spanned from the countertop, up to these weird funky uppers that were unusable and made the already small master bath feel smaller. So, we took out those weird upper cabinets, dry-walled behind the sink, removed the door and put in two new, smaller windows. We added a second sink, and a wall-to-wall frameless mirror to make the space feel larger. The palette was meant to be like a breath of fresh air, light, bright, and clean.


Sconces - Pottery Barn

Linen Towels - Parachute Home

Ceramic Floor Tile - North County Tile & Stone



The final cherry on top was the exterior of this project. This space was previously an old, faded grey with some brwn-purple trim. It had to go. We went with a matte black horizontal siding throughout, and an Ipe-wood accent wall with La Cantina’s to totally open the space to the giant outdoor deck.

See more of the House of Whiskey project featured on Domino Mag!

All photos (aside from the glorious before photos) were taken by Stacy Keck.