It’s no wonder Mediterranean style homes are an iconic example of Los Angeles architecture. They are a legacy of California’s early Spanish settlers who thrived in its mild, sunny climate, so much like their homeland. These historic homes often feature large windows, exposed beams, arched doorways and courtyards that create welcoming spaces with an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living.
Jesse DeSanti and her design team at Jette Creative believe in honoring a home’s history when undertaking a renovation. “Our philosophy on every project we take on is to respect the existing style and history while updating and adding the character of the client”, says Jesse. “Oftentimes a house has a history before each new owner and that should be considered. Understanding the intent of the architecture allows me to create a space that is a livable collaboration between past and present. My hope is to find a harmonious balance that satisfies all those components while moving the client and their home into the next chapter.
“This Spanish style home in the heart of Los Angeles came to us with much potential. The home already came with so much character, but desperately needed an update and better floor plan. Our main areas of improvement came in developing the kitchen, master suite and enhancing the features of the house that make it so charming.
“Using the existing features as inspiration, we added exposed beams in the main spaces, stained the wood floors, and added encaustic tiles to the kitchen and bathrooms throughout. Where possible we used historically spanish style materials adding the clients’ sophisticated taste with contrast and quality.”
The entry creates a welcoming promise of the beauty of the home’s interior.
“Inspired by Mediterranean design, the outside was newly landscaped and the home was repainted after applying new stucco.”
A person’s home is a reflection of themselves, and it’s my responsibility to guide clients into creating a space that works for their needs and represents them as a person or as a family. Jesse DeSanti
“I use the words ‘happy friends’ a lot. Colors and textures shouldn’t compete, but instead compliment each other allowing one to stand out over the other. Don’t overdo one thing and allow there to be a feature. Not every single thing has to be a show-stopper.”
“Texture and comfort is a big part of making a home and textiles bring that in. It’s important to add warmth through these textures and softness as well. There’s a TON of options out there for comfortable, durable fabrics for sofas. Then add in less durable texture with pillows and blankets.”
In the dining room, Jesse flawlessly blends modern furnishings and lighting with rustic ceiling and floor elements. The overall aesthetic is both warm and sophisticated.
“The art was one of the last things we did and we spent quite a bit of time on it. I always struggle with art because I feel like it’s very subjective and should bring joy to the client as much as the overall interiors. Luckily, the client really loved everything we presented to her and suggested a few herself that we also felt drawn to.
“It is important that the colors generally feel comfortable in the space and scale is also important. We generally like to mix what I call flat art and 3-d (probably a terrible way to say it), but more 3-dimensional art with canvas and watercolors. I think it brings so much to the room.”
Graphic, Moroccan-style tiles and a quiet stone countertop complement the standout dark cabinetry in the kitchen.
A muted palette, soft fabrics and a comfy chair make the master bedroom a beautiful retreat.
Gorgeous tile sets an artistic tone for the master bath. Vintage style bath fixtures add a softness to the modern shower and graphic floor pattern.
“Right before completion, we were asked to design a nursery to welcome their first baby boy into. We finished this, along with the rest of the house, just in time for their son to make his appearance.”
Every project is different and we try to be flexible and allow the client to bring what they feel comfortable with, but also guide them from our experiences with what we feel works. We typically get to know the client and the existing structure (or history of the project even if there’s no structure yet)…that allows us to form ideas of what the clients needs and what we can offer. Then it goes from there. Jesse DeSanti