"It's not such a stretch to assume that a family that lives near the beach would want to connect with the water, but this home in Pacific Palisades, California required some updating before it truly felt like a beachside retreat. Designer Sarah Barnard helped the homeowner transform what had been an older, traditional home with a remodeled beach-inspired contemporary aesthetic. 'This client is rather well-connected with the environment and nature, so her desire was to have both a clean space, but also one that was warm and familiar,' Sarah says. During the remodel, the home's footprint remained the same, but the kitchen, bathrooms, lighting, and floors were replaced and updated, and several walls came down to open up the space."
"In addition, the family's interest in updating the home allowed Sarah to personalize the decor for the family, who enjoy ocean views from several of the second floor rooms. 'Their desire to blend a family feel with interest in highlighting the beach led to the marriage of the features we selected,' Sarah says.
"For instance, the kitchen cabinetry with the routed panels in the doors are sort of an old time traditional look, but they are paired with the modern countertops, which have little bits of glass and shell in them."
"A good idea for anyone who wants to blend old and new is to retain at least some of the existing features. For instance, an original exposed brick wall in this home's kitchen lends an eye to the home's roots, but the homeowner wasn't initially sold on keeping it in place. 'We heavily contemplated what to do with the wall at the onset of the project,' Sarah says. 'We thought about veneering over it or drywalling it, but as the construction took shape around it, we progressively lessened our attack on it, and by the end, everyone decided they liked it and that it should be left alone.'"
"The guest bathroom features a floating sink, which was an innovative way to maximize a very small area. 'Keeping the vanity off the floor gives the illusion of a little more space,' Sarah says."
"A stone floor meets tiled walls in the powder room-a design mix that many homeowners might be nervous about making, but shouldn't be. Sarah says, 'I understand many people are afraid to take risks like mixing textures. If someone is cautious about making brave decisions, a powder bath is the best place to go crazy because not only can you afford more expensive materials since you need less of them, but also if you want to make a dynamic statement that will resonate with the guests, you're sure the powder room is someplace that every guest will visit and it;s not a place anyone stays for any length of time.'"
SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.
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