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A Place for Everything

Hello All!

It’s been a while, so today I’m putting my endless to-do list aside to share this super useful project in case anyone’s about to remodel!

If you own a home, especially in Southern California, chances are you want to make the most of every square foot. This client came to me a while back, and asked me to transform their dark guest room into an office with, wait for it, a MURPHY BED! The reason I so dramatically use my caps lock is because Murphy Beds are sort of a challenge for designers. If you’re not careful, they can look outdated. Well I’m here to tell you that this designer is now a full-fledged believer in them!


Here are some tips on how to get this look:

1. Custom Cabinetry:

*Be cautious of the detailing on your custom cabinetry. Opt to go all the way up to the ceiling if possible! It’s so much more finished and dramatic this way. Beefy crown moulding doesn’t hurt either!

*Plan for the placement of every last thing. For example, this printer/copier was designed to sit in that exact spot. A hole was made to allow for electrical access right behind it (no ugly cords, yay!) and the top opens up with exactly the right clearance so it doesn’t hit the shelf above it.

2. Layers of Light:

*In any space I design, I always try and create different layers of light (a lesson I learned way back in design school by the most amazing lighting design instructor ever, Kathy Pryzgoda). In multipurpose rooms, this becomes especially important because of the different ways the room will be used. As an office, you may just want the sconces and your desk lamp on while you work. As a guest, you may want the drum pendant (note that it has a diffuser for soft light) and reading light (located inside the Murphy Bed niche -see pictures below). Both fixtures are on dimmers.

*I’m going to include windows treatments here because they most definitely affect the amount of light the room gets! In this case, we wanted the option to have the room almost always bright, but for privacy we opted for inside mount grass shades. When the space is being used as a guest room, the outside mount flat roman shade can be pulled down. It’s lined and will darken the room quite well.

3. Lighter Finishes/Cohesive Color Scheme:

*The fabric on the roman shade was really our jumping off point here. We loved the soft sophisticated blue/grey color and decided to use it on the walls (2130-50 Benjamin Moore’s New Hope Gray). We carried the fabric’s creme and brown onto the cabinetry and upholstered desk chair respectively, and finished off the look with bronze light fixtures and cabinetry hardware.



This pull-out tray acts as an extended surface/nightstand when the Murphy Bed is down.



The burlap message board and zinc wall pockets from Ballard Designs offer extra storage and organization options.




Closed bins and containers are a great way to hide/store smaller objects to keep the space from looking cluttered. The shelves are also styled with some of the clients personal items.







This table on casters was made to tuck away in the client’s closet as an extra work surface for days that both husband and wife are using the space. We used the same durable laminate countertop (Wilsonart’s Twilight Zephyr) and wood finish to make it flow with the rest of the cabinetry.

I was brief on my last post, so I hope that I’ve provided some useful tips for all of you on this one. Thanks for reading!


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The Importance of White

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted on my blog, but to say things have been busy would be the understatement of the year. I’m grateful (and slightly overwhelmed, to be honest) for the myriad of projects and attention that have come my way recently and I’m hoping to find some more time soon to share what I’ve been working on.

My lovely new client asked me to transform her formal living room and entry in Irvine, California, into a space that was elegant yet young. The room had been treated with venetian plaster and heavy red velvet drapes chosen by the previous owner.

The bare entry niche before.

I believe beautiful design is largely based on contrast. It’s for that reason, that I’m usually the first person to push for adding whites and cremes into almost any space, so as to allow the other tones in the room to lift. In this room especially, with the current venetian plaster, it really made all the difference.

 By using dramatic white sheers and light furnishings, we were able to significantly brighten the space.

Young patterns in soft neutrals give the room an edge and keeps things from getting too stuffy.

Mirrored furniture with gold accents helped lend a lightness and glamour to the room.

From fringe to nailheads, tufting to gilding, there are classic details in almost every part of this room that are integrated in a soft and interesting way.

Addressing the entry niche in a large scale lacy wallpaper and contemporary coral prints in the same tones as the adjacent room, makes the two spaces feel like one.

The entry gets the impact it deserves!

I absolutely loved this project and the very trusting client who really just allowed me carte blanche to create this space. I personally find that with such freedom, comes great imagination and the eagerness to impress.


Thanks for reading everyone!



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A Completed Home

Hello Everyone!

I apologize for the late post. I’ve been so busy since the website launched, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little intimidated by the concept of writing another blog post. Anyways, I hope you enjoy it and that it inspires you.

I’m excited to share one of my most recently completed projects. It’s one that is near and dear to my heart as it’s my sister’s home. I am one of three daughters, and the three of us are extremely close.

So, when my older sister (middle) told me (far right) she was getting married, needless to say I was thrilled!

When she told me she and her new husband were buying a house ten minutes away from me, I was over the moon. And when she asked me to design this beautiful new house, I nearly spit up my Diet Coke. She asked me to make it soft, earthy, fun, glamorous, warm, and worldly; a tall order, but nonetheless, this is what we came up with. I hope you like it!

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