Stylish Digs for a laid-back homeowner

Designer Daphne Nauleau's Light-Hearted Design Takes Advantage of Good Bones

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10/03/2016

One key ingredient in creating great vs. good design is the ability to understand clients’ lives beyond just a surface level, to truly connect and empathize with them. What makes them happy? How do they want their personality and unique taste to show up? What are the “must-haves” that make them feel truly at home?

Designer Daphne Nauleau filled this Dolores, CA home with unique touches showcasing her clients’ personality. She took care to maintain original woodwork and vintage details, while updating spaces with a modern, fresh style to complement the traditional architecture.

Daphne really enjoyed designing this home.“This was such a fun project –  the home owner was very laid back (hence, the surf board!) and  open to ideas. Mostly he wanted a space that was comfortable and livable while still being stylish, so we went for an over-sized sectional and low platform bed, wooden and stone surfaces that were easy to care for and a pretty minimal vibe.

“The best thing about this project was knowing how LIVED in this house was going to be, how well used and enjoyed by the homeowner.”

With this design, Daphne certainly demonstrated her skill in understanding her client’s needs by creating a vibe that is warm, laid-back and fun!

Mid-century furniture like the console and coffee table reinforce the beauty of the original woodwork.

Stylish Digs for a Laid-Back Homeowner | Interior Design by Daphne Nauleau | Photography Thibault Cartier | Modern Sanctuary | Living Space | Dining Space | Modern Living Space | Mid-Century Living Space | Lighting
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Daphne makes great use of original closets and shelving to make the most of the home’s space while adding design interest.

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My goal is to make the act of living in a home enjoyable. Whatever feeling or sensation the home brings you, it should be a positive one- whether it is pleasure, happiness, relaxation or stimulation.  Daphne Nauleau

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A simple color palette of white with pops of green creates a calm, relaxing bedroom.  Use of small bedside tables,  floor versus table lamps and a small, airy desk help the space feel larger.

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“The client was willing to invest in his wonderful outdoor space, so we had a great time getting a big table he could eat and hang out at, lots of plants to give him not only a jungle vibe, but privacy from neighbors, and big chairs where he could sit and read or drink a coffee.”

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We love the personality that shines through every corner of this home. Sanctuary Seekers, what are some of the ways that your unique identity is seen in your home?

Meet the designer Daphne Nauleau
Bio:

In November of 2012, I left New York and a career in education behind for a new life in San Francisco, pursuing something as old as time itself- happiness. A huge part of what was missing in my life was identifying a vocation that I would wake up every day excited to explore. It didn’t take long for me to realize that lifelong habits of rearranging, of obsessing over linens, of poring over back issues of World Of Interiors could translate into a career.

I entered into the scene under the wing of head designer for the Soho House Group Vicky Charles, who, on my first day in the office, sent me on an errand to the D&D in New York. My eyes and heart opened up wide, and I realized I had found my place wandering the halls between those sumptuous showrooms. What followed was a cross-country trek to San Francisco and a year of immersion in the retail side of interior design at H.D. Buttercup, learning how to custom order furniture and acquainting myself with some of the biggest retailers in the industry. Then came an utterly transformative and educational time working as a design studio intern at one of the finest firms existing today, Jeffers Design Group. Lastly, it was a crash course on what it looks like for an online furniture consignment business (Chairish) to grow over the course of a year as a player on every team from marketing to production to social media.

I have been running my own design firm for 3 years, working mostly in residential settings with people in their homes, but I have dabbled in office and commercial design as well.

I do this work because I get a true, deep sense of pleasure from creating spaces that are beautiful to all the senses. I do this so that people can live with things that elevate their everyday- it could be a mug, a piece of art, a candle, a sofa or a set of sheets.

My goal is always to work with clients to create unique spaces and design plans that speak to their lifestyle and dreams. I don’t have a favorite or signature style/look, rather a deep appreciation for furniture and decor pieces and seeing how they can come together in new and individual settings, depending on what the client wants and likes.

What is your design philosophy?
My design philosophy is that collaboration, communication and creativity are key. It is my goal to take a clients vision and not only bring it to life, but evolve and progress it. I believe the design of a space should be high quality, enduring and personal but always a little surprising. I do not have a signature look, I appreciate and admire aspects of all aesthetics. I see my work as a continuing journey and am in a constant state of awe at what is possible within design. Ultimately, I want to translate the joy that doing this work brings to me into 3D space.
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