My Work

In The Office / Client #AcaciaHome

We've been working on series of great projects lately all the way from simple decor and furnishings, to kitchen remodels and full house interiors. One of our clients is having us re-design their double wide living room/dining area, which includes refacing their old fireplace and giving it a more modern look. Last week we worked on the AutoCAD drawings for the fireplace so the contractor can bid the new look.


We've made decisions on all the interiors and new fireplace/hard surface we WAIT for the contractor to start work. We've got a few issues with modifying the fireplace but we're in a good place.

The palette for the room is a neutral one with blues and greens with natural finishes. Since their home is on the beach, I wanted to incorporate complimentary colors, but not go over the top beach-cheesy. I think we've got the perfect vibe going on. Here is a preview of some of the beautiful pieces we selected for the living space. I can't wait to see it all come together. Follow along on our INSTAGRAM for more updates!

How to Modernize your Bungalow with Paint

I had the opportunity to help a local San Diego client transform the exterior of their home. We turned their salmon colored time capsule into a cool and breezy mid century modern bungalow with the help of some shiny new paint selections and other minor modifications. Let's walk through the process and I'll share some tips on how to achieve a similar look.


We took a little waltz around the front of the house together and chatted about the vision of her home, how she wanted it to look, budget, colors and overall vibes. I brought some photos for inspiration and we went from there. 


We decided it was best to remove the window white shutters and some of the foliage outside up against the house. They weren't helping our clean line vibes and we wanted a more modern feel. We agreed to update the house numbers to kick things up a bit as well. I proposed a bright white and a few shades of deep dark gray. The client ended up choosing Tricorn Black and Pure White by Sherwin Williams. It turned out bright and beautiful - a real cool kids house.

:: AFTER ::


A few things to keep in mind when painting your home to give it a fresh, modern look:

1. Choose only two colors and make sure they aren't monochromatic. You don't want two of the same color in a different shade unless one is REALLY saturated and the other is REALLLLLLY light. You want the contrast of color - it will make all the difference and give enough punch to deliver that modern look.

2. Go bold and dark with the trim paint. Keep the main elements neutral so you have the luxury of adding color with small pops. Less is more.

3. Remove any landscaping that looks like it could have been planted in 1962. Although we want the mid-century bungalow look that stems from that era, the future has made leaps and bounds in the area of cool let's chuck any shrubbery that could have been shaped into Disney characters at some point or another. More on cool landscaping later...

4. Switch up your house numbers to something you'd find in Palm Springs - some great resources are here, here and here

xo, Vanessa

:: Bungalow Photo Credit 1 :: Bungalow Photo Credit 2 :: 

Indigo Lovin' Living Room

This mood board was fun to create for my lovely E-Design client. She asked for a mature space with clean lines yet not not too stark and empty. Remember my scary obsession with all things indigo in this DIY post? Well, I'm still swooning. I grounded the room with this indigo & timeless rug and added modern and unique pieces to keep the cool vibe of the room. I added my signature touch of global textiles to give the room a pop of color and intrigue. You can shop all of these items in the links below if you so please.

xo, Vanessa

Rug :: Chandelier :: Sectional :: Console Table :: Coffee Table :: Lumbar Pillow :: Indigo Pillow :: Walter G Pyramids Chalk Linen

My Dining Room Design with Hanover Avenue

I'm REALLY excited to share this beautiful dining room I designed with Hanover Avenue, an amazing and FREE resource/blog that allows you to obtain stunning rooms pulled together by designers all over the map, just like me! 

You have access to various angles of each room, a buying guide where you can purchase everything seen AND details down to the INCH, in case you need help with artwork placement and how/where to arrange the pieces featured. Head on over to see the full story,  buying and design guide! 

Here's a sneak peek of a fun video we put together as we walked through and talked about the space.

A HUGE thanks to Anne Tollett and her team over at Hanover Avenue for doing such an amazing job and offering such a wonderful resource to the world! 

xo, Vanessa

Eclectic Glam Condo Remodel - Before & Afters

Today I'm sharing the complete remodel of a condo I worked on in Westwood, Los Angeles. I remember first walking through the space with my client. The current tenants had not moved out and it was in escrow. The walls were dark and everything in the home felt like the year 1980 had a bad hair day. I also remember feeling like the space would be a design challenge when I walked through. We had to create space and functionality everywhere we could. We worked together as a great team and transformed the space into something beautiful, bright, eclectic and modern. I hope you enjoy the before & afters!

The new and updated wood flooring is a European Oak in a beautiful 7.5" wide plank - to die for. We opened up the entire kitchen entry to feel wide and spacious. We also removed a wall where the peninsula/bar area now resides. Also, what would a kitchen bar be without a built-in wine fridge? Where style and function become besties.

Since this condo had limited space, we wanted to make it as functional as possible. I had my cabinet maker fabricate a beautiful and huge wall unit for the living room - we chose classic shaker cabinets and added 8" tongue and groove planks behind the television area for added style.

We started with a brick fireplace and wall to wall mirror above it. We tore it all down and updated it with this One Kings Lane mirror and these funky tiles to give it a moroccan-modern vibe. I love the way it turned out. Simple, yet unique.

Prior to the remodel, there was a wall diving the kitchen and a HUGE fridge shoved in the corner where the peninsula now exists. I love seeing this photo and how transformative the kitchen remodel made the entire space feel open and bright. 

We did custom cabinetry throughout, down to the inch. We needed to save space, so I chose a dishwasher drawer and added as many cabs as possible on the bottom. I decided to pitch open shelving uppers to keep the kitchen feeling spacious.

One of my favorite makeovers of the home. My client fell in love with this tile and it's really a showstopper. This bathroom is a clean and modern oasis of cool.

Lastly, meet Ollie. He likes to superman dive into this beautiful rug and slide across the floor like a lightning bolt. Ollie is really happy with the modifications of the transition into the bedrooms and bathroom. If you can imagine, the back wall was a bathroom vanity IN THE HALLWAY. To the left of Ollie was a floor-to-ceiling built-in that cramped the entire space. It felt small and closed off. The hallway feels so bright and spacious now - its all so lovely. 

There you have it! For more photos of my projects and idea books, follow me on Houzz.

xo, Vanessa