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When the daughter of our past client came to us saying she had bought a new home and wanted our help, we were so excited and couldn’t wait to get started! We had no idea just how big of a job we were going to be stepping into.

When we first walked into the home, we knew it was special, and that we had a lot of work to do. All of the living spaces had distinct character, TONS of color, pattern, and some generally funky details (aka the kitchen cabinet pulls) – not at all what our client was looking for.

We’re going to highlight some of the spaces and the crazy design details that are (can we be honest here) going straight out the window as soon as possible. The home is currently in the demo stage, but we wanted to highlight the before story of this home before it gets finished.

We’d like to point out that many of the aspects of this home were custom-made for whoever lived here before our client, and it was probably their dream home… it’s just not ours or our client’s. Let us know what you think!

Entry

This entry space has great flow, and we love the staircase, but the faux wall texture, blue molding, and colored and patterned light fixture are a more than a little bit out-dated. The wall and the trim combo isn’t great, but the light fixture really steals the show – and not in the best way. The colorful, plastic pendants, rainbow metal details, and painted faux ceiling medallion really make quite a statement.

Dining Room

Another funky faux wall texture on the walls, this time in red, but yet again, the light fixture really steals the show. This thing HAD to be custom-made, because we’ve never ever seen anything like this before. The fixture has wavy arms with bulbs at the end, paired with larger, wing-like metal pieces, and some plastic and metal twigs (like that hot pink one). And do you SEE that perforated ceiling plate??

Family Room Bar

We’re guessing this painted rainbow swirl was done by the previous owners. It is hard to see in these pictures, but there’s a heart painted into the spiral on one side – it feels personal. The detail on the bar is pretty impressive, even if it’s not our taste. Just another sign that many of the elements of this home were custom-designed!

Family Room and Bar Details

This crazy sink sits in the bar (there was another similar one in the powder room at the top of this post). It’s actually really fun to use! The water flows out over the small, clear, glass circle and into the bowl. And the fan in the living room gives us major Piet Mondrian and sputnik vibes. As with everything else, very colorful!

Kitchen

This was one of the most surprising details of the house; the “climbing man” cabinet pulls. There are some other strange details in this kitchen, too, such as the combination of the tiny glass mosaic tiles and the faux-finished hood, but the layout was actually really functional! For the most part, we’re keeping the layout of the kitchen and just replacing the cabinets and finishes, but we’ll never forget these nude little men climbing up the original cabinet doors.

We hope you enjoyed this tour through one of our most recent projects! Keep up with us on Instagram to see how we’re transforming this home, and let us know what your thoughts are of this before story.

XOXO,

RWD

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!

WEST ELM

Desk // Chair // Bookcase // Lamp // Rug // Art 1 // Art 2 // Art 3 // Plant // Planter

CB2

Desk // Chair // File Cabinet // Lamp // Rug // Art // Mirror // Plant

POTTERY BARN

Desk // Chair // Cabinet // Lamp // Rug // Art // Plant

Which home office design is your favorite? Let us know what other spaces in your house need a little inspiration, and we’ll see what we can come up with!

XOXO,

RWD

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!

For more information: https://naturalatlas.com/trails/snipes-pershing-ravine-2171062

2. Lake Tabeaud Loop

9747 Tabeaud Rd, Jackson, CA 95642

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.

To learn more: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/lake-tabeaud-loop?u=m

3. Tahoe East Shore Trail

1924 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451

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!

For more information: https://travelnevada.com/discover/25963/lake-tahoe-nevada-state-park

4. Coyote Hills Regional Park

8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555

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!

For more information: https://www.ebparks.org/parks/coyote_hills/

Picture Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2015/08/18/san-francisco-bay-trail-coyote-hills-adventures/

5. Jack London State Historic Park

2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

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!

For more information: https://jacklondonpark.com/

Picture Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_London_State_Historic_Park

6. Hidden Falls

7587 Mears Pl, Auburn, CA 95603

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!

For more information: https://www.placer.ca.gov/6106/Hidden-Falls-Regional-Park

Picture Source: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/hidden-falls-trails

Let us know where you’ll be socially distancing this summer, and if there are any local nature trails we should add to our list!

XOXO,

RWD

Kitchen Design

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!

Ceiling Design

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!

XOXO,

RWD