miércoles, 4 de diciembre de 2013

A Tiny Southern California Beach House


When designer Julia Long moved into this home in San Clemente, California, she was downsizing from 1,000 square feet to 400 square feet. Julia spends her days designing décor pieces, sourcing products overseas and scouring flea markets near and far so for her own home she lives quite minimally,  with pieces that have been passed down through family, special pieces coveted and saved for or things picked up during her travels. (Julia designs collections for HomArt  and she tries to create products with that same ruthless editing vigor that she gives her own collections.) The architecture of the home is of a classic style in San Clemente referred to as Ole Hanson named for the founder of the beach town. Terra cotta pavers, 8? thick plaster walls, handmade bricks, cantera stone fountain, and an outdoor shower for the post-surf rinse off.  Julias design taste  for furniture and decor leans towards mid-century which pares perfectly  with this cool, Spanish style. The minimal décor is the perfect foil for Julias collections and favorite objects. She wanted her home to be cozy without feeling crowded.  (Julias lesson: When collections are massed together they create the most visual impact without looking chaotic.)  Everything from white stoneware dishes, vintage oil paintings, glass bottles and green books Julia was able to keep all her precious collections even in her much smaller house. Thanks, Julia! And a big thank you to Shawn Parkin for the lovely photographs. -Amy Image above: I created a pair of pendant lights (one over the couch and the other over the credenza) using a vintage cloth wrapped cord, brass fixture set and found industrial glass globes. With 8? thick adobe walls the best electricity option was from above, the clean white of the room (Pure White 7005 by Sherwin Williams) really sets off the light and provides amazing illumination at night. Couch from Crate Barrel. Image above: The juxtaposition of a large collection of dishes and a teeny, tiny kitchen inspired me to move the everyday dishes and stemware from the kitchen cabinets into the hallway and this space turned into the hub where everyone ends up congregating at parties. Open shelving is my favorite solution to utilizing space in a visually pleasing way. It makes my guest feel welcome to grab a glass for wine or even help set the table. Reclaimed Wood Harpoon Stool by HomArt. See more of this Southern California home after the jump! (more)



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