California Modern French Photo Tour
In my journey of design over the last few years, my experience consists of a handful of projects, ranging from small rearrangements to complete remodeling. I wouldn't exclude one as my particular favorite because all have been such an intricate piece to my discoveries, but after many inquiries on the house that takes up most of our K|M content on our website, I am here to give you the inside scoop on such a vulnerable process! I like to call it, the Folsom House.
When I started working on this project, the client had just purchased the home and wanted to start the remodel process immediately before she could move in. As she hired a contractor to do the heavy labor, she left all the colors and finishes, basically EVERYTHING up to my choosing. Practically a designers dream!
We started by knocking out the dividing wall between the family room and the kitchen nook, and we also created a larger island in the kitchen, getting rid of the L-shape to open the space to the kitchen nook, creating a better flow between the rooms. When it came to choosing the wall colors and flooring (usually the first step), my client knew that she wanted warm grey walls and modern black hardwood floors throughout the house. To compliment the grey walls and black floors, I chose a classic white drapery with rod iron hardware and white french cabinetry with a grey-galaxy quartz countertop and a dark slate for the island cabinetry for the kitchen.
The family room was a pretty large room, large enough for my client's choice of the Bella Grey Ventura Sectional from Z-Gallerie, where I paired it a rod-iron-travertine coffee table over a neutral cowhide rug. Since it's near the kitchen, there's plenty of seating to gather around while food is being prepared.
For my favorite room in the house, the dining, I incorporated a heavier cream velvet drapery to increase the height of the ceiling and size of the window. To warm up the room, I added a gold Pottery Barn Candle Style Chandelier, and to continue the rod iron, I added the Black Windowpane Andrea mirror from World Market and placed it over the Seadrift Toscana Buffet. For the dining and seating, I incorporated a rare find of four rustic nailhead chairs, and two cloud blue silver nailhead end chairs surrounding the Natural Stonewash Dining Table from Pier 1 Imports, and placed it on top of a classic Jute rug.
Right next to the entry is the perfect seating room that divides the entry from the dining room. The client wanted to turn it into a cozy-cup-of-tea for two. I filled it with a couple chocolate velvet tufted arm chairs separated by two round mirror nesting tables.
It can be challenging to provide that calming cool-tone feel that the client wants without having everything be grey and not look gloomy, but working with the textures and combination of materials was fun! Working with grey walls and black floors, I wanted to add coziness and warmth, giving it that French appeal with wicker baskets, jute rugs, light natural wood with the white cabinetry, not to mention hints of jewel tones in a couple rooms! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I had fun designing this charming Folsom House!
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