A Fresh Modern Coastal Home in Southern California

Becki Owens & Nicole Davis Design a Stylish Home for a Family of Eight

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07/22/2016

We love the bright and airy feel of this West Coast home re-design by Becki Owens and Nicole Davis. It’s a perfect mix of modern design elements with touches of boho decor. Becki and Nicole were able to turn this home into a stylish space perfect for entertaining, while also keeping it family friendly for their clients – a family of eight.

Becki says, “As a southern California designer with a love for fashion, I find I’m always gathering inspiration from personal styles and the laid-back beachy lifestyle of where I live. California has always been a leader in the latest trends and for me this translates into interiors. Right now I find myself drawn to bohemian eclectic, modern coastal and globally inspired looks. I’m always on the hunt for what is around the corner, it’s what makes my job so much fun.”

The goal for this design was to create a fresh, clean living space that would accommodate a family of eight. “We wanted it to be livable but still sophisticated and inviting.”

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“In the living/great room, one of my favorite elements is the large, plush, Stark area rug. It really lifted the color of the room and is so soft and comfortable.”

All the walls and moldings in the living room room were painted Benjamin Moore White to tie in with the kitchen area and brighten up the space. Wood beams were added for warmth and rich contrast.

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“The soft, abstract art  by John-Richard Collection is showcased against the white fireplace, painted to match the walls.” 

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“When we finished installing this living room it really changed the whole mood of the kitchen/living area. It went from a darker, less cohesive space to a bright and fresh entertaining area.”

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“This was one of our favorite kitchen transformations. What was once a Tuscan style kitchen became fresh, white and modern. To update the walls, we had our Drywaller smooth out the orange peel texture before we painted them a white satin finish.  

 “One of the fun things about designing this kitchen was mixing the finish materials. Our client expressed she loved gold, but didn’t want it over done. We replaced the pendant lights with modern gold lanterns, We chose Colorado Gold Marble for the large island. It is 3″ thick, with a mitered edge to create clean modern lines.”

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“We used a white paint color with no pigment to give the cabinetry a modern crisp look. The cabinetry was sanded and primed and then sanded again before being painted with a semi gloss lacquer.  We choose polished chrome for the cabinetry hardware and faucets.  For a timeless element, we picked a handmade 2×7 white subway tile.”

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 “We chose a beautiful white drum light for the eating area.” 

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The family/play room is more whimsical while still maintaining cohesion with the fresh color palette of other rooms.

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Pro Tip:

“Always add art. Buy a piece that moves you and then hang it at eye level – art is often hung too high. Art adds a personal element to a space. It’s a great expression of your personal style. Also, art is a great conversation starter, there is always a story for why it was selected.”

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Always edit, usually less is more. When you choose a simple palette and the right pieces for the foundation of a room, all you have to do is add a few details to finish it off. When accessorizing, a little goes a long way.  Becki Owens

We completely agree Becki! Sanctuary Seekers, what are some of your favorite accessories that put the finishing touches on your space?

Meet the designer Becki Owens
Bio:
As a little girl I played with color and design, helping my Dad mix and create color in his paint store. I watched closely as my parents remodeled homes and knew that is what I wanted to do. I’ve been transforming spaces ever since. After getting my degree, I worked for Denton House in Salt Lake City. My husband and I relocated to Orange County, where I started designing Model homes for large developments. For a while I stopped designing and had 2 of my 4 children. Later, my husband and I started a business staging homes, which motivated me to focus on residential design. From kitchen makeovers, to new builds, I’m passionate about the environments I create. Simple, clean, elegant are words that inspire me every day. I hope you enjoy exploring my projects and some of my favorite finds along the way.
What is your design philosophy?
I like to create spaces that are livable with a clean, fresh and modern feel. It’s important to me to listen to my client’s vision, evaluate the needs for their space and incorporate that into the design. I generally work with whites and neutrals and at interest and color through collected textiles and art. I really feel less is more. Keeping things simple makes a space feel refreshing.
What are 3-5 design tips you can give our readers to help them create sanctuary in their own spaces?
Invest in furniture pieces you love. It will be worth the wait and the price. Take your time while furnishing your home. Having the right furniture is more important than having a lot of furniture. Also, add curated accessories. Gather them during your travels, scour flea markets, collect books about your interests, layer in different textures, and shop for unique items you love over time.

Trust your gut, your initial feeling is usually right! When it’s time to make decisions it can be overwhelming, there are so many great ideas to choose from. Keep a collection of your favorites and you will find it’s often your first inspirations that are the best choice.

Put lighting as a top priority. It is dramatic what lighting can do! Have fun when selecting lighting. Beautiful chandeliers and lamps can be the eye candy in a space. Lighting will add to the personality of a room and will affect the mood of a space.
What is your Modern Sanctuary?
Spending time with my family bring me so much peace and joy. That special time with them is invaluable to me.

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