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.
Daphne makes great use of original closets and shelving to make the most of the home’s space while adding design interest.
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
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.
“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.”
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?