Our Malibu Project: Before and After

I'm so excited to start sharing our projects with you here on Velvet and Linen again! I want to start with our Malibu project that was featured in the September 2018 issue of Luxe Magazine.

Our clients purchased this beautiful property and wanted to lighten it up a bit while staying within the existing footprint of the house. 

 

BEFORE:

Because our clients' home is a one story Spanish style home, the roof is a prominent architectural element. The original door was stained a dark brown. 

 

AFTER:

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The antique roof tiles transformed our clients' home and gave it so much character. We also stripped the front door and existing beams. We added tall steel windows to the front of the house to allow more light into the home. 

 

BEFORE:

As you enter the house, you have a view of this living room. Although we loved the beams in the ceiling, the orangey wood felt heavy. The skylights allowed some light into the room, but it still felt dark and closed off from the outside. 

 

AFTER:

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We stripped the beams and painted the rest of the wood white to raise the ceiling visually. The fireplace never worked well, so we replaced it with shelves and tall sheets of glass to connect the room to the garden and allow the light to pour into the room. 

 

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We removed some of the wall that separated the living room and the stairway. We also added tall steel doors to connect to the courtyard. The living room now receives light from both sides, balancing the quality of the light.

As you can see from this image, we tried one of our Nick sofas on this side of the room, but ultimately chose a pair of Nate chairs and an Alix sofa. We liked the taller height of the Alix in this vaulted space.

 

BEFORE:

The original stair railing was too ornate for the more modern aesthetic we wanted to achieve.

 

AFTER:

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We replaced the decorative stair railing with a cleaner design. Although we kept the saltillo tiles in the courtyard, we replaced the interior tiles with a beautiful white oak floor from Exquisite Surfaces.

 

BEFORE:

 The original kitchen was very orange, and the ceiling beams were too heavy for the space. The window above the sink was too low and squatty. 

 

AFTER:

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The large plaster hood and the ivory Lacanche range became a lighter focal point. We bleached the beams and replaced the cabinetry with white oak cabinets in a more modern design. Floating shelves replaced the heavier upper cabinets, and a taller steel window was added above the sink. 

A set of leather Frasier chairs are paired with slipcovered Leila chairs around the dining table. 

 

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In this image you can see the steel windows we added to the front of the house. This room has windows on both sides which allows for a beautiful quality of light. A pair of antique tapestry pillows add a pop of color on a pair of natural linen Nick chairs. 

 

BEFORE:

This image shows the same room off of the kitchen before we added the steel windows to the front of the house. The fireplace and television cabinet felt clunky.

 

AFTER:

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The stone fireplace wall is now the focal point for this side of the room. We removed the thick wood mantel and replaced it with a thinner piece of wood. The antique herringbone firebrick adds character to the interior of the fireplace. We also added a pair of gorgeous antique doors from Chateau Domingue to the entry of this room. 

 

BEFORE:

Our clients only needed a couple of bedrooms, so we turned this bedroom into...

 

AFTER

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a small study off of the Junior Master Suite with a Rochelle desk and a linen Clive chair. 

 

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We added tall sheets of glass to the Junior Master Bedroom. 

 

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The Junior Master Bathroom is a balance of modern and rustic. 

 

BEFORE:

The Master Bedroom had black french doors that looked out to the garden. The wood floors were the same orange color as the old kitchen cabinetry.

 

AFTER:

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We replaced the dark doors with lighter white Oak doors that visually lead your eye out to the view. We replaced the orange floors with the same Exquisite Surfaces white Oak flooring that we used throughout the rest of the house. 

 

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Another pair of antique doors separates the Master Bedroom and the Master Bathroom.

 

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A freestanding bathtub sits in front of a tall arched window with a view of the garden. 

I hope you enjoyed learning more about our Malibu project. You can see more images of this home on the Interiors section of our website under Malibu

Thank you to our wonderful clients! A special Thank you to Nathan Jones, David Charvet, Brian Dinallo and their talented  team at Jones Builder Group for helping us build our clients' dream home!

Please feel free to ask questions in the comment section of this post :)

xo

 

Brooke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

47 comments

  • This is so gorgeous. Love the before and afters so we can see your genius at work. The kitchen is amazing with the new range and symmetrical door and cabinets.
    Mary Ann

    classic casual home
  • Positively dazzling!!! franki

    franki
  • Hi Elaine

    Jones Builder Group has a wonderful team of talented craftsmen, including their wood finisher. I’m not sure how he works his magic, but he did a fantastic job matching the finish sample we gave him.

    xo

    Brooke Giannetti
  • Hi Liz.

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s sister’s home. So many people lost their homes in the recent fires. It’s terrible. My clients were very fortunate. Their home was spared.
    xo

    Brooke Giannetti
  • What a sensational makeover. I want to live in one of your homes. I hope this place survived the Malibu fire. (I have a friend whose sister’s newly redecorated home is all gone. So sad)

    Liz Stacy
  • Brooke, I so enjoyed seeing this! I Love the before/after, quite incredible what you have done to this house! Very inspiring, makes me want to do so much updating in my own house! Happy Holidays! xo Lauri

    Lauri Shifman
  • Hi Brooke…….WOW!!! 3 simple letters to describe the transformation of this home from heavy and dark, to light, airy, and amazing. It seems like the bleaching of the wood, and the new flooring opened this up immediately. My initial thought on the first photo (the home’s exterior)was trying to figure out how to make something so cowering and hidden, come to life. The “after” photo was fabulous, and I could only imagine how you were going to brighten up all the lovely, interior living space. Superb!

    Toni
  • Sublime, calm and serene …. you designed and executed such a beautiful home for your lucky clients.
    How do you prepare all your white oak cabinets? There is no hint of golden hue aging that even white oak when exposed to light/sun have which is our problem with bathroom cabinets. Do you have any suggestions to get the same color or finish your white oak cabinets have? Thanks
    D

    Elaine
  • HI Barbara.

    The existing roof tiles were replaced with French antique roof tiles.

    Brooke Giannetti
  • Hi Di.

    The walls are not painted. The drywall was covered with a topping compound call Diamond Kote by Western Blended.

    Brooke Giannetti
  • So much fun to see the before/afters! Another uniquely Velvet & Linen/Giannetti project done so beautifully. Thank you for all the useful info in your post.

    Stacy K
  • I love how this project turned out! That staircase is a stunning transformation. Brooke, what is your white for the walls? I’m always curious about how you choose your shades of white. In the last bath photo, it looks like plaster. To me, the walls, the trimless metal windows, and your no baseboard look is what always makes such a difference. I love it!

    Asia Evans
  • Soothing is what comes to my mind when looking at your beautiful interiors. I am basically allergic to the orangey wood and you did the best job to cure this house :o) Love your work and looking forward to all your new posts!!

    Barbora
  • Just perfection! So enjoyed perusing these transformations!

    Michele Anderson
  • So beautiful. What white paint did you use through out the house? Seems like a soft white.

    Di
  • This is an amazing transformation, starting with what I guess is a new roof? Or were you able to change the color on the old roof tiles? It’s beautiful inside and out.

    Barbara H.
  • Stunning renovation! Is the upholstered master headboard one of yours? Scale is exquisite.

    Betsy
  • So fresh and pretty. LOVE the Swedish Mora clocks!

    Lisa D.
  • Congrats Brooke and Steve,

    Amazing! Loved to see the before and after pictures. What a change!

    Greet
  • Congrats Brooke and Steve,

    Amazing! Love the before and after pictures! What a change!

    Greet
  • Thank you, Patricia. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed my post. I will be sharing another before and after post next week!
    xo
    Brooke

    Brooke Giannettti
  • Soft white and light wood “shine” in this remodel. Beautiful! Easy on the eyes and objects take on a new importance when done as lovely as this home. You did a wonderful job on both remodel and decorating.

    Patricia Harmanci

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