Working on a historical home is always such a great experience. I was actually involved in the remodeling of this home ten years ago (was an intern fresh out of design school!). Last year, they found our Design studio and asked me to come out and re-design their Master Bedroom. At the time of the remodel, our clients wanted to keep their very “time-appropriate” furniture (photos below) but now felt that it was too heavy and wanted a change.

Here’s the Before:


The biggest task was actually the fireplace. It was one of those things during a big remodel that did not get the special attention it needed. We really wanted to brighten it up, but still make sure that it felt true to the essence of the home.

We went through a few iterations, but we ended up going with this idea:

The level of attention given to all of these details is really what made this project as successful as it was.

I have to thank Stu Hawkes Construction largely for that!

When it came to furniture shopping, we weaved a mixture of old and new. Many of the pieces in the room were antiques and imported from other countries. They really wanted to reflect a more relaxed California styling, so we aimed for just that.

We made sure that the window treatments would still reveal the beautiful casing details and opted for a cordless roman shades and a soft woven shade for the sitting room.

Ready to see the end result?

Photos by Marcel Alain Photography