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Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing a project I just completed in North Hollywood. A simple kitchen remodel for the landlord client I’ve been working with for the past four years.

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Have a great weekend!!

~Shannon

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 Designing exteriors is one of my favorite things to do and when I get the opportunity to design an exterior, my first step is to determine the overall style. Once this decision is made, it really sets the tone for the rest of the project — including the landscaping and what happens on the interior. A couple of days ago I received a project in Santa Clarita, a city just north of Los Angeles, and below are several style options that I’m considering. Which is your favorite?

1. A MODERN MEDITERRANEAN APPROACH

via Daniel C. Cuevas Interior Design

 2. A NEW ORLEANS VIBE

3. A COTTAGE FEEL

A simple, yet elegant, approach for an exterior — with beautiful light fixtures and a couple of potted plants, this may be the winner.

In a couple of weeks I’ll post the winner plus the before + after photos. Happy Wednesday!

~ Shannon

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Last week I shared the photos of the front of the Reseda Project. Today, I’m excited to share the before + after photos of the kitchen!

Reseda Kitchen

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 Initially, the kitchen felt closed off from the rest of the home with only a small doorway from the dining room into the kitchen (above).

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Even with gutting the kitchen, I was still limited on square footage and really needed to maximize this 200 sq. foot kitchen/laundry. In order to gain more storage and counter space, I eliminated the 2 smaller windows in the back corner, as well as the window on the left. In order to bring in natural light and a view of the backyard, I added a large picture window on the back wall, as well a full light glass door to the backyard.

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 Some Elements from the Reseda Kitchen

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Happy Wednesday!

xoxo,

~ Shannon

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 Happy Monday! The Reseda project is done! Today I’m sharing before + after photos of the front of this sweet California cottage.

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Although, the home needed extensive work on the interior, I knew after walking around the property that the exterior was going to be the bigger issue. The home was hidden behind years of overgrowth, the pool had ivy growing in it and the backyard was one large concrete slab.

In order to soften up the exterior, I eliminated all the concrete and replaced the pathways with pieces of large blue flagstone. I painted the entire home ‘Milk Glass’ by Dunn Edwards and added black accents to give it a clean classic look.

I also moved the the porch light from the back wall, where it was hidden, to the ceiling to add extra charm from the street.

MISTER LINCOLN

Sometimes I debate whether or not to keep existing plants but whenever I come across an old rose bush that has remained prolific, even through so much neglect, I know it’s a keeper. This hybrid tea, Mister Lincoln, flourished despite its neglect and the fragrance is amazing!

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  Design elements + my favorite go-to plants for a cottage-style garden.

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Next time, I’ll be posting the before and after photos of the backyard —  and with 40 + years of overgrowth it turned out to be quite the transformation.

Have a great week!

 

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Happy Monday! Today, I’m introducing you to a new project in Reseda; a district in the San Fernando Valley here in Los Angeles. As you can see it’s a perfect candidate for a makeover.

Above, we completely gutted the kitchen so I can now determine the layout. I’m leaning towards eliminating the two smaller windows in the left corner and replacing them with a large window on the back wall to allow for more light and a view of the backyard.

A view from the dining room looking into the kitchen

Same view but now with the wall removed

I can’t wait to get my hands on this project and start to see it take shape. I’ll post more photos on the progress in a couple of weeks!

Have a great day!

~ Shannon

 

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Two years ago I had the pleasure to work with a client on a project along the coast of Central California. We landscaped the backyard first and then several months later worked on the front yard. Recently, my client was kind enough to send me updated photos on the project’s progress.

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BACKYARD BEFORE

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SEVERAL PLANTS I USED ON THIS PROJECT

 Have a wonderful Thursday!

~ Shannon

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It’s always exciting to illustrate how a few uncomplicated changes can transform your home. Although we’ll still add a courtyard in front, I’ve been anxious to share this Austin project with you.

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1.PAINT + NEW PATHWAY

Since the original pathway was a bit narrow I really wanted to open it up to allow for more walking space. We then dressed it with Silver Mist flagstone and added a decomposed granite (DG) pathway to the left. Eventually, we’ll add another DG pathway on the right leading towards a sitting area.

We added Silver Mist flagstone to the front porch as well in order to create continuity between the two spaces.

2.PLANTS

I chose plants with a lot of structure, and once established, are reasonably drought tolerant; plants like Dwarf Yaupon Holly, Nellie Stevens, Boxwood and Agave.

Testing out the artichoke plant with planter

My client’s dog and I watching the progress

3.EXTERIOR SHUTTERS, NUMBERS + HARDWARE

Some of my favorite things to add to the exterior of a home are light fixtures, hardware and anything that will give it a bit of character. Here we added the address which will be lit at night, exterior shutters and beautiful light fixtures that will softly light the walkway to the front door.

 

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Because I’ve been working on this project since 2010, starting with the interior, it’s going to be really hard to let this one go. It’s been so much fun working with the clients, I wouldn’t mind if the project went another 7 years!

Next time — before & after photos of a landscape project along the California Coast.

  Cheers!

~ Shannon

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