Now that so many of us are working from home, you might be looking for some inspiration to spice up your home office! Don’t worry, we have your back. Just like we did for our Outdoor Inspiration for Summer post, we’ve put together design boards in three distinct styles from three of our favorite retail stores: West Elm, CB2, and Pottery Barn. Links to all the items are listed below each board!
As summer moves into full swing, there’s one safe activity we can all continue to do in the midst of a pandemic: take a walk! And we might as well do it in a beautiful place. These spots are all close to home, or a quick drive away, making them great places to get out in a time of staying home. Most of them are kid and dog friendly, so pack up the car, and maybe a picnic basket, and get out for some pretty scenery and fresh air!
1. Snipes Pershing Ravine Trail
5625 Glencrest Ln, Orangevale, CA 95662
This easy trail is super close to Sacramento, but makes you feel completely removed from city life! It has beautiful scenery, wildflowers, and an incredible view of Folsom when you get to the top of the hill. Explore lots of winding trails and find the perfect little picnic spot for a full day of fun out in the sun!
Lake Tabeaud is a small lake with an easy walking trail around the entire lake! It’s kid and dog friendly, and so peaceful, since it’s removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. As you walk the well-groomed trail, enjoy lots of wildflowers and beautiful scenery. There’s at lot of parking at the trailhead, and restrooms, although they are closed at the time of this post.
This trail is wide and evenly paved, making it stroller friendly, kid-friendly, bike-friendly, and dog-friendly… so basically, friendly for everyone! It wraps along the side of Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. There are benches to enjoy the gorgeous views all along the path, and many easy hikes along the way to explore!
Coyote Hills is a little-known treasure in the Bay Area! There’s plenty to see and do, with marshes to explore via extensive boardwalks, and rocky hills to hike for a view of the park. Bike, walk, picnic, birdwatch and explore the park with your kids and/or dogs for a day of fun!
The homestead of the famous writer, who penned American classics like, The Call of the Wild. Historic homes and the gorgeous surrounding property make for a lovely place to go for a walk or have a picnic with the kids! There’s so much to see as you leisurely wander the property… and you might as well hit some local wineries while you’re in the area!
Just a short 45-minute drive from Sacramento, Hidden Falls has gorgeous trails for hikers of all skill levels! With several hidden waterfalls to find, along the way, there’s always something interesting to look at. Make sure to stop at the lookout points for some picturesque views!
The star of this gorgeous house, as with so many other homes, is the kitchen. Before the re-design, the layout of the kitchen wasn’t quite right. The island didn’t fit in with authentic Mid Mod architecture, and the peninsula un-necessarily closed off the space from the dining room. So we removed the island and swung the peninsula around to fix the layout issues. We also gave it a waterfall edge to modernize it.
Another change to the layout: the location of appliances. We practically flipped the location of the refrigerator and stove, which allowed our client to have top-of-the-line appliances like he wanted, including that gorgeous Blue Star range (insert heart eye emoji here)!
The original finishes did nothing to celebrate the home’s unique character, so we changed that in a big way! We had already selected the exterior paint colors, which featured a bright orange front door.
Running with that design decision, we decided to pull that same exact color into the kitchen. In order to do this, we had custom color-matched tiles made, which turned out pretty awesome if we do say so ourselves!
The simple walnut cabinets are also quite a statement in their own right. Not only are they gorgeous and SO much better than what was there before, but they also keep true to the Mid- Century design style.
Living Room Design
We started with a blank slate, but perfect bones for what we wanted the space to be. Our client’s love for Mid-Century Modern design meant that the fireplace was practically perfect just the way it was! We kept the ledge too, since it added so much character and seating (yes please)! We found the perfect rug, and then placed our client’s authentic furniture…and voila!
The ceilings are the un-sung hero of this project. They make a huge impact without being in-your-face. The wood paneling was already present, but to make it pop we painted the beams a dark charcoal and gave the ceiling fan a much needed update. Now, it really is a wow- factor!
To see more pictures from the project, click here!
Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get your backyard ready for outdoor living! To help you turn your yard into the oasis of your dreams, we’ve put together three uniquely styled outdoor hang-out spots from three of our favorite retail stores. West Elm is a great place to look for Mid-Century Modern or Transitional pieces, CB2 carries Contemporary and Boho items, and Pottery Barn has a wide selection of more Traditional furniture. You can find links for all items under each picture! And of course, if you’d like us to help you furnish your yard to reflect your own personal style, contact us here. We have lots of great outdoor furniture sources! Enjoy!
The field of Interior Design has always been a natural fit for Rebecca. Even before pursuing a degree in the field, she designed rooms for her friends and family. Rebecca further developed this passion through education, and then sharpened her skills through experience with internships. After graduating from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, she began her career as an interior designer in a Sacramento firm and never looked back.