Today we’re taking a look back on this classic Laura U design! This past project was completed in 2013 and ended up being a unique process – we worked on this home in multiple phases that allowed the design of the home to grow along with the size of our client’s family. Our clients initially came to us with an ultra sleek and modern concept but as their family grew, this aesthetic shifted to include bight and colorful kid’s rooms. The end result was something totally unique that incorporated and represented the clients perfectly!
Phase 1 – Modern Minimalism
The first phase of this project was all about modern details and monochromatic tones. The clients wanted a home that reflected their chic lifestyle and liked the idea of reflecting the modern architecture in their interior furnishings. So, using the house’s natural light from the large-scale windows, we created a design that was light, bright and streamlined.
The Living Room
This space has an open floor plan, where the kitchen, living room and dining room are all within in the same space. This open layout was comfortable and makes for easy living.We focused on bringing the room down to a human-level by desiging a wall that incorporated a fireplace and a television and keeps your eye at normal room height with the warm wood. Overall, the color palette was kept simple with cool grays, whites and subtle metallics.
The space is divided by the custom-made sectional and structured lounge chairs from Allan Knight. To add interest to this monochromatic space, we popped in a cheery and sunny yellow on the hair-on-hide pillows and a neon acrylic tray from HStudio. This bold color really complements the openness of the space … plus our clients love yellow, so why not throw a touch into our design!
On the other side of the custom console (did you catch the yellow color on the back of the shelves?) is the crisp kitchen. This room is all about modern minimalism and continues the quiet color palette from the living room. The bar and cabinetry create a clean backdrop to the stainless appliances and vent hood which give this space a contemporary feel.
We selected the chrome bar stools from Janus et Cie to complement the kitchen hardware and white tones of the space. Next, this spaced needed a little warmth! So we added these highly reflective copper Tom Dixon pendants over a custom walnut dining table.
Rounding off this first phase – is the soft, serene master bedroom. This design continues the cool color palette of the first floor with soothing grays, soft textures, and an accent of warm walnut. To keep things super cozy and relaxing, we incorporated fun textures and prints into this room. When you have a monochromatic color palette, working in some subtle patterns is a great way to add interest and layers to the space.
The walls are covered in a textured panel by Panel Max and not only house the double-sided fireplace, but also hide a wet bar.
Opposite the gorgeous bed is this cozy little sitting area. It’s a prime spot for relaxing with a good book. In the studio, we are all about the mix of high and low and you may even see a piece from Armani next to a fabulous vintage find. Here, the silver side table is from West Elm and the fabric on the chaise is from a fine design house. They pair in a lovely way!
Overall, these rooms are all cohesive and tell the story of our client’s love for modern simplicity! The master bath stays true to this concept as well. Keeping the color palette consistent, we played with patterns through our tile and backsplash selections to really give this space an open, bright and crisp feel. Floating the teak cabinetry makes the space feel even more generous as your eye follows the herringbone marble all the way to the back wall.
Phase 2 … let the color reign!
We pretty much wrapped up phase 1 and then jumped right into phase 2, which is all about color. Much of this portion of our project was centered on the kiddo’s energetic and personal styles. So taking inspiration from each child’s personality, we designed their rooms to be functional, colorful and uniquely them.
First up is this bedroom full of vibrant hues and fun patterns! We wanted to pull in lots of age-appropriate color that she can also grow up with. We determined the ceiling had to be a bold yellow so we kept the walls white. From there, we added accents of fuchsia, red and teal with hints of chartreuse and chrome. The fiery red lounge chair from Design Within Reach and fit perfectly in the corner of the room. Fun art from Phillips Collection (they always have unique art pieces) dressed the wall above the bed! Lastly, we found this fun colorful rug to tie in all these vivid hues.
The connecting bath is equally as unique! The bold yellow carries over into this space with a custom-designed striped tile mosaic that wraps around the shower/tub. It’s so bright and fun yet simple enough to stay timeless. It’s the perfect bathroom for a pre-teen.
I can tell you from personal experience that twin’s bedrooms are a little tricky. First, you have to fit double the amount of furnishings within the same space and second, you have to cater to two very different personalities. Here, we created this custom bed with plenty of storage for twin boys. It splits the room in half, creating equitable spaces that really feels like his very own. The modern wallcovering on the ceiling is a textural stripe and mirrored CB2 desks finish out the room.
The theme of functionality spills over to their bathroom as well. The double floating vanity is perfect for twin boys and the modern, striped tile is a fun touch that complements the colors within the bedroom.
Little girl’s bedrooms are so fun to design! For this room, we pulled inspiration from all things soft, sweet and girly. We created softness with the airy, white Pindler drapery accented by a pink ruffled trim. The high windows let us design a custom built-in daybed and we then brought in metallic accents with a silver side table and desk lamp from West Elm. The metallic tones and plush zebra print rug give a little edge to this delicate room.
Lastly, our clients wanted the playroom to be a place for creativity and learning. We pulled in bright colors from the pony chair and our client’s favorite Togo lounge chairs from Ligne Roset. The map is a custom-printed wallcovering by Koroseal and we painted the vinyl a clear, dry-erase coating so the family can track their travels. Then we added a chalkboard, fully equipped with colorful pieces of chalk, to allow for a space that was completely interactive.
All things Modern
This home was a fun process for us and the homeowners! The phasing of the design allowed us to design the interior as their needs evolved over time. I loved working with my team on this home – we got to see growth not only in our design process but also in our client’s own personal style.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little flashback of one of my favorite modern designs. Back here in 2017, be sure to check out our Instagram for even more design inspo!
XO | LU