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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45 comments

  • So gorgeous! I just love every single bit. So excited you’re blogging again and can’t wait for the new book. Congratulations!!

    Alexis Walter
  • Hi Brooke, I am absolutely thrilled to see this post and to hear that you will be posting other projects on the blog again. Your blog was always one of my favorites and I love your and Steve’s work so much. This Malibu project is absolutely stunning and so inspiring to see what you can do with just new finishes, windows and minor construction to completely transform a home. You have made my day! xo

    AnneHH
  • I love this home! I’m copying your staircase in my home project. I am just about to pick out a paint color for my windows and doors and I love the light color you have here and in your own home at Patina Farm. Is this also similar to Farrow and Ball Pavilion Grey you used there or would you be willing to share what color you used on the window and door frames? Thank you!

    Catherine T
  • If I could afford it, I would have you do the exact same thing to my home. Everything. literally everything, is perfect.

    Jenny C.
  • So happy to see you post again on Velvet and Linen. I always looked forward to what was new with you. I just love this house ! You have done a great job. Please continue too post all your exciting news. How is your home in Tennessee coming along? Till next time.

    Maude Ciardi

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