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Thought I would share some finds from a recent concept board I put together for an entry + living room in a California coastal home. Light furniture, warm woods, a play on patterns…perfect for a small sitting room.

 

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The Orb Chandelier from Ballard Designs.

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Slipcovered loveseat from Restoration Hardware (*different but similar version shown above).

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Concrete round coffee table.

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Club chair from Ballard Designs, shown in a different fabric than above – with many more options to choose from.

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Coral Needlepoint Bench, shown in red (additional colors available).

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Cowhide Patchwork Rug

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Rustic Wood Mirror.

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Floor Lamp from here.

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A floral arrangement (as seen on coffee table).

For more room looks & concept boards, view here.





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Loving this pool pavilion featured in Elle Decor, of a home in the Hamptons. The bright blue cabinets are custom made with a smoked mirror-paneled bar, counters are of cast glass, and floors are honed Thassos and Atlantic Blue marbles. View the full feature here.





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For many undertaking a kitchen remodel, the goal is typically to expand an already compact kitchen. However, the reality is often times some spaces cannot be enlarged or expanded by increasing the square footage. Instead maximizing a compact kitchen space and aesthetically improving it’s design and style is the most ideal way to turn a small space into a big improvement!

Modern and minimalist, this kitchen epitomizes the aesthetics of a compact kitchen.

Super space saver and super sophisticated – sometimes putting the best into a small space is great on the return.

This compact kitchen has a more expansive feel by it’s use of open shelving, mirrors, and pass-thru counter / bar height seating. Maximizing space to it’s fullest it includes a built-in banquette dining area.

This is a layout I have done for many small kitchens – incorpoating an island with seating and storage, prep sink optional, makes for a functional compact kitchen.

Classic and contemporary, sink side feels open with windows and cabinets are best placed to maximize storage.

A model (pun intended) example of a compact kitchen, this one in a Manhattan loft, where even the narrowest of islands provides functionality.

Light, bright, and airy – a tiny kitchen that feels very open and even includes a little counter seating area by incorporating a tiny ledge of surface area.

Another kitchen with an island and bar height seating, not to mention a full height cabinet help to make this compact kitchen feel more open.

Taking cabinets full height (to the ceiling) is a great idea to make any kitchen feel larger, whether or not it’s compact.

Images via Pinterest and Elle Decor.





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Stylish Closets

Posted By Jill-LA | Jan 21, 2012 | 16 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Small Spaces

This past week I was researching inspiration for closets and built-ins for a client project that currently requires renovating two bedrooms. The closets in both rooms may be visible to the room itself, so the most ideal way to make them presentable is to make them look good! That means built-in drawers and cabinetry, nice hardware and lighting, and other decorative elements to create a stylish closet space.

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An attic space turned closet with gold and metallic accents, wallpapered ceilings.

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Small and narrow, but every inch accounted for.

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Everything is neatly concealed behind paneled doors, with a stunning entry door.

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A full length mirror makes a narrow space appear larger.

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A dramatic high gloss black painted dressing room.





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In the Pantry

Posted By Jill-LA | May 17, 2011 | 10 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Kitchens, Small Spaces

Having a walk-in pantry is a luxury.  Many of the kitchen remodels I have been designing lately have not been able to afford such a luxury due to space limitations.  Instead the client has opted for tall pantry storage, which is still essential even if it means forgoing upper and lower cabinets, and using a portion of counter space to accommodate tall pantry storage.  But with one exceptional client, she has not only room for a butler’s pantry – but also a walk-in pantry. Because this is a room in itself – the idea came into play:  how do we make this room a beautiful space? I think the images here provide some great inspiration (the above picture being my favorite)!

All images via Houzz.





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Awhile back, I featured a post titled “Hanging by a rope…” – with some fun, hanging beds.  I came across another image on ohdeedoh of a room with not just one, or two – but three hanging beds! Fun!





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Small spaces, transitional spaces, and spaces leading to other spaces…here are some decorative hallways and enclaves!

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[Images collected and sourced over time via the Internet]





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Looking for inspiration for one on my own projects, the “Idea Cottage” featured in this month’s Coastal Living magazine is full of fresh inspiration!  For a full descirption, read here.

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{The Living Room}

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{Master Bathroom}

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Garages Are Rooms Too

Posted By Jill-LA | Apr 19, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Small Spaces


I’ve seen many a garage in my lifetime. As a kid, I remember my cousin and I hid for hours from my brother in my aunt and uncle’s detached garage that was actually not used as a garage but used as a sort of indoor/outdoor rec room where many kid birthday parties were celebrated. That was the 70′s. Do people still do that now? Seems these days, I see homes with 3-4-5-6 car garages (I live in LA!), others with the garaged packed like a storage unit, and still others who’s garages are meticulous: the complete organized built in storage, the second fridge, space for five cars, etc. My guess is the kids aren’t playing hide and seek in the garage and the parent’s aren’t throwing kid birthday parties in the garage! That aside, the garage is still another room extension of one’s home. I think it has a lot more potential then most people make of it.

Maserati along with Architectural Digest is currently on the search for the best in architectural garages. I would think you don’t quite have to have the car collection as these garages do. But here are three of the top votes in so far:




To enter Maserati’s search for the finest of architectural garages, submit your entry here.

So what have you done with your garage?





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Wine Design

Posted By Jill-LA | Oct 07, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Magazines, Small Spaces


As I was flipping thru the most recent Metropolitan Home magazine, I came across this really innovative way to create a “wine cellar” – a niche under the stairs of a residential project enclosed by glass. The design is very architectural. What a great use of space, too! It inspires me to be more creative with areas to create wine storage. I’ve seen some great ideas in restaurants, but this really makes sense of space in a residential project. The picture is featured in the October 2008 issue.


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