For the past 6 months, I took on a side hustle to C&C, full on home renovation. Is this for the faint of heart? No. Did I know what I was getting into? Absolutely not. Was it worth it? You bet ya! Over and over again people will tell you that real estate is the best investment and as such, I wanted to make smart moves with money I saved. My dear friend, Lyndsay Siegel, runs a home renovation company called The Tradecraft. She told me that the best real estate in LA is the fixer-upper market. After nearly one year of looking, we found our fixer. That's when the work started and we enlisted an army of amazing brands and partners to help us bring it to life. Here are the final results (as photographed by Monica Wang) and some of the tips and tricks we learned along the way. Best part? Myself Havenly and CB2 are teaming up to give you a living room makeover, scroll to the bottom for details! (Plus click here to read how their VP of Marketing creates the company's swoon-worthy appeal.)
Our house was a 1920s semi Spanish Style home. Our first big move (and investment) was adding the Spanish style roof! Once we nailed down the roof tile color, we teamed up with Dunn Edward on the paint colors (Which is one of the hardest things to pick out!). I definitely recommend doing test swabs as some of the initial colors I picked weren't working. We ended up using Vanilla Shake for the exterior and Misty hillside for the accent color. Lighting Fixture is by Cedar & Moss.
The Living Room
This is one of my favorite rooms in the home. We teamed up with CB2 and Havenly to design the space. The Space was beautiful to begin with, featuring an A -frame ceiling from the '20s, but the floorpan was a little trickier as the room was super long. My friends at Havenly helped re-jigger things to make it flow perfectly and I couldn't be happier. We added brass shelving which serves as our own kind of "built-ins" plus the couch is beyond comfy!
The Guest Room
We wanted to make the guest room feel boho, chic, and comfortable but also wanted to combine some of the items we already had in our house into the mix so the results were a super eclectic mix with brands ranging from Design Within Reach to Target Style. The centerpiece of the room is the photography by Rick Rodney, framed by Framebridge.
The Master Bathroom
The master bathroom was a fun challenge as it was a larger room that we wanted to strategically fill, but not crowd. The main focal point is the tile which is Fireclay diamond tile with dark grout. The pattern is so mesmerizing and when paired with a vintage rug and gold West Elm pots it's the perfect minimally chic moment.
The Guest Bathroom
We had a little fun with the guest bathroom! We designed the room based on the wallpaper we chose from Hygge & West (Strike / Mist in collaboration with Heath Ceramics), the vanity is from Kohler as are the faucets and towel bar. The mirror is from West Elm and the tile is by Fireclay.
The Home Office
Notably cleaner than my actual office (LOL) I wanted to use this room to create a small little work sanctuary in the home for those weekends where I have to crank out some emails! The color palette was focused around black and gold which was perfect for CB2's collection. The wall hanging is from Target Style and part of the Nate Berkus collection.
The Outdoor Space
Living in Southern California, we had to take advantage of the outdoor space. One of the best hacks I learned from a friend was using the corrugated metal fencing -- not only is it cheap and durable but it looks amazing! Further we wanted to add some green as we don't have true grass and olive trees are a great way to bring shade and greenery with very little upkeep.
We are teaming up with our friends at CB2 to give you your dream living room makeover which means $2,000.00 worth of CB2 goodies and a design consultation with the team from Havenly. Enter to win below ( US Residents Only), winner announced July 1st, 2017 and will be contacted via email. All rules and restrictions apply. See terms & conditions.