Fabulous Room Friday 06.20.14

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 I’ve been in Los Angeles this week visiting some of my favorite shops and showrooms to source some pieces for clients and luckily, I’ve been able to meet up with some friends while I’ve been here. I always enjoy being in L.A. so much. In a way, it feels like coming home, even though I have never lived here.  I feel inspired by everything around me– the architecture, weather, design community, creative friends, beautiful spaces– everything, really!

While this week’s “Fabulous Room” isn’t in California, I feel like it totally could be. I first came across the image above on Pinterest and loved the huge, rustic island, vibrant Kilim rug, blonde hardwood floors,  and the color of the cabinets. Doesn’t it look like it could be a set in a Nancy Meyers movie? It has a similar vibe to the kitchen Meryl Streep’s character had in It’s Complicated. In reality, the kitchen was designed by Cantley & Company of Birmingham, Alabama. When I set about tracking down more photos, I wasn’t able to find a website, but I did find their Facebook page and a couple more images of this lovely kitchen.

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{I love the large island and the fact that it is big enough to seat so many people! I also really like the creamy color of the cabinets and all of the windows. The room looks so cozy and inviting, yet it is completely luxurious.}

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{I love the hood over the range as well as the backsplash. As much as I love and use classic subway tile, it’s refreshing to see something slightly different. I also love the long cabinet pulls and that stunning Kilim runner. The kitchen looks like it could be in an old Spanish colonial house in L.A., a farmhouse in Napa or even the South of France, and apparently, Birmingham, too! It seems like the design scene is really thriving there right now. So much beautiful work is coming out of Alabama!}

Have a wonderful weekend! I am going to soak up a little more of L.A. for a couple more days.

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Project Reveal: A Glamorous Before and After

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I was incredibly fortunate that right after I started my firm, Paloma Contreras Design a little over a year ago, I met a client who hired me to take on her very large design project. She liked my style and hired me before she actually purchased her home. We have had a wonderful client/designer relationship with her trusting me enough to step out of her own comfort zone a few times because I knew the end result would be worth it. She ended up purchasing a large home just over 6,000 square feet in size. It is a solid house and while everything was in good shape, it just felt very dated and was neither her style nor mine. She came to me after being divorced for a short time, knowing that she wanted this home to represent a fresh start for her and her two children. She wanted the palette to be serene and she also wanted the house to be unabashedly feminine and glamorous. I blogged about my inspiration for the project here last summer. It was so rewarding to work on this project, not only because I love my client, but because it was a major overhaul. We essentially kept what she originally liked about the house and changed everything else. It’s kind of crazy to see the before and after photos side by side! Because this is a rather large house and so many rooms were involved in the project, I will split up the reveal into two or three posts so that it is more digestible, but I am so excited to share these images with you!

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{Before: An Aerial View of the Family Room, Breakfast Room, and Kitchen}

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{After: The Same View of the Same Room with New Paint, Flooring, Lighting, Furniture, Countertops, and Fixtures}

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{Before: The Breakfast Room– You’ll notice this room and the entire area had less than attractive ceramic tile floors and pickled wood cabinetry, moulding, and trim literally everywhere. If you’re not familiar with pickled wood, it is essentially peach in color. Yep, peach.}

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{After: We painted all of the walls a soft gray hue and added steel-colored silk dupioni curtains which really helped to frame and soften the tall windows looking over an enormous backyard. We added a rug, and child friendly furniture including a custom, tufted banquette in a great indoor/outdoor fabric and I had the Louis XVI style dining chairs upholstered in faux shagreen vinyl of all things. It looks fantastic and she can just wipe the seats off anytime the kids make a mess.}

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{After: The Vestry Chandelier by AERIN is truly the showpiece and jewelry of the room. This particular client completely understood the importance of beautiful, quality lighting, so you’ll see that we used some gorgeous pieces throughout the house. We splurged on the chandelier, but balanced it out by using a table from Ballard Designs since this is such a high-traffic room. }

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{After: Looking Towards the Family Room from the Breakfast Room}

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{Before: While my client didn’t want to gut the kitchen since the house is only ten years old and the high-end appliances were in like-new condition, we knew this room would be in for a drastic overhaul changing it as much as possible while avoiding the use of a sledgehammer! Notice all of the pickled wood cabinetry which matches the ceramic tile almost exactly. The lighting, dated black and tan granite countertops, and backsplash would also have to go.}

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{Before: As you can see the kitchen, breakfast room, and family room are part of one very large, very open space. My goal was to create a cohesive, glamorous environment that was still conducive to a young family and that softened the vastness and harsher elements of the space.}

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{Before: I’m not sure if you can see them all that well, but the backsplash had bronze rabbit inlays. Through the archway, you can see a peek of the old dining room, which I will share with you in another post.}

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{After: Beautiful Honed Carrara Marble Countertops and a Fresh Coat of White Paint}

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{After: We continued the ebony stained wood floors in the kitchen, added an undermount sink, Rohl Bridge Faucet (I wish you could see the one before– oh my!), and new polished nickel cabinet hardware. The island was painted in a nice, dark gray hue.}

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{After: The new faucet, sink, and countertops look so much better! Isn’t this a pretty view for doing the dishes?}

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{After: As I mentioned before, my client was very easy-going and only had a few requests. She had just discovered the AERIN collection of lighting right before we met and she wanted to incorporate several of the chandeliers because she felt they epitomized glamour. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have put these Sanger pendants over a kitchen island, but my client said they made her smile every time she looked at them and she would be spending a lot of time in this part of the house. Luckily, she doesn’t cook very often, so she doesn’t have to worry about having the crystals cleaned as often as an avid cook would!}

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{After: Another View of the Pretty Pendants and Marble Countertops and Backsplash}

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first part of this “Before and After” project reveal. Next time, I will share photos of the formal living room, dining room, and the powder bathrooms, all of which received a pretty dramatic makeover as well. While my own style is a little more masculine and modern that what we did in this house, the goal with each project is to create an environment that the client truly loves and feels at home in. Each of the projects I’m currently working on is completely different in look and feel from the next, but they all have a little bit of my own style in them and are rooted in the “modern meets traditional” style that I love. I feel so blessed to get to do what I love each day and to work with such amazing clients.  It is so rewarding to create beautiful environments for people and to bring them joy in this small way. Thank you for letting me share this with you!

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{“After” Photos by Max Burkhalter}