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California Casual: Entry way and Den

A project I’ve been working on (for a company in CA!! Always holding out hope to make the big move), has me using loads of neutrals. Which of course is not something I’m accustomed to. I almost feel like I don’t know who am I anymore because I like the design!  I mean, I should like it, I came up with it. But it has me planning my own place in my head with more neutral pieces and we all know I’m color color color. There is also no vintage in this design (tear).

Anyway, I thought I’d take you through room by room. I’ll most likely never see this work come to fruition, so enjoy EVEN MORE digital mock-ups. The task was to design for a model home. This is of course new to me. I was given an empty floor plan and nothing else. So, it’s pretty much up to me to decide what the inside looks and feels like. I decided to go the California Casual route: lots of neutrals, baskets, browns, creams, whites, leathers, rattans, wickers, etc., but spice it up with the black and white rugs from the previous post, and splashes of yellow. I imagined paneling, shiplap, and built-ins, but very crisp, and minimal. I chose a 7-inch wide plank floor in a White Oak finish for a light, beachy look.

Here goes.


The entryway:

Artwork/ Console/ Table Lamp/ Basket/ Rug/ Chandelier/ Floor Lamp/ Yellow Vase/ Black and White VaseShaw Hardwood – Tapestry

If you can, imagine walking into a foyer with these paneled walls. Baskets on the bottom shelf of the console. It’s open. It’s easy. Bright and airy. Come on in.

The den:

Obviously the room would be facing the tv! Nice big built-in that spans the entire wall.

The den is a cozy room where a family can sit and watch television. Layered rugs, down cushions in the Mitchell Gold sofa (you know that’s my favorite style sofa…if only the legs were covered in fabric). Various woods, black metal, stripes in the drapery, fun/airy art (people on the beach). White walls, probably no paneling of any kind. Maybe the ceiling is shiplap/beadboard. Hmmm.

Franco Sofa/ Scatter Rug/ Plush Rug/ Wooden Side Table/ Wood Slice Coffee Table/ Table Lamps/ Plant Basket/ Chair/ Ottoman/ Throw Blanket/ Floor Lamp/ Drapery Fabric/ Artwork


That’s all for now. Stay tuned for the reveal of the great room, kitchen, dining, master bedroom, guest room, patio, and office! 😀

We’ll see lots of black and white stripes, baskets, stripes, black metal, and rattan flowing from room to room. In order to achieve ‘flow’, I kept the same color palette across the board. For my personal design style, I’m much more willy nilly. It’s tricky to design for a house you’ve never seen. But it is fun to imagine the interior from the ground up.



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Interior stylist in Birmingham, Alabama

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